Two advanced Israeli satellites launched into space
Israel's Elbit Systems announced that its "Jupiter" and "Venus" advanced photography systems were launched into space on two satellites Wednesday morning.
The Jupiter system, intended for use on microsatellites, is a component of the OPTSAT 300 satellite manufactured by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) for the Italian Defense Ministry. It can identify objects as small as a half-meter from a height of 600 kilometers. The system's military applications include observation of high-value targets and identification of small and isolated objects and their surroundings. Jupiter's civilian uses include domestic security missions, emergency planning and environmental protection.
The Venus system, meanwhile, takes multispectral photos in 12 wavelengths with a resolution of 5.3 meters from an altitude of 720 km. It was jointly developed by IAI, the Israel Space Agency and its French counterpart CNES.
The two satellites were launched aboard an Arianespace Vega rocket from French Guiana in South America.