The Israel Ministry of Defense, Israel Defence Forces and Israel Aerospace Industries received the first images collected by the Ofek 13 satellite.
About two weeks after the satellite’s successful launch into space, the DDR&D’s Space Administration engineering teams, Israel Aerospace Industries, and the IDF’s 9900 unit activated the Ofek 13 satellite’s synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) for the first time last night. The first satellite images received at the IAI control station were of excellent quality.
Since the satellite launch on March 29th, the IAI and IMoD teams conducted a planned series of tests during which they gradually activated all of the systems and subsystems that comprise the satellite including the SAR payload. The tests were successfully activated. The engineering teams will continue the rigorous testing process to prepare the satellite for operational use in accordance with the pre-planned protocol.
The Ofek 13 satellite is a SAR observation satellite with advanced capabilities.
In the coming weeks, following the completion of the In Orbit Tests led by IAI, the DDR&D and the IDF, the Israel Ministry of Defence will deliver the satellite to the IDF’s 9900 Intelligence Unit for operational use.
This unit receives the images and radar data from all Israeli spy satellites and create a full intelligence picture of emerging threats mainly from Iran but not only.