TEL AVIV — Israel plans to launch its first nano-satellite next year to demonstrate its feasibility at a fraction of the cost of standard GPS satellites. The Israel Nanosatellite Association intends to launch the first of two nano-satellites in mid-2009 from India. The association said the launches, planned for between July and September, would demonstrate the feasibility of the platforms.
“This will be a proof-of-concept for new Israeli satellite technologies,” INSA director Raz Tamir said.
Tamir, also manager of the new nano-satellite department of the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, said the micro-platforms could replace standard satellites in space. He said the satellites, meant to be designed and assembled within a year, could weigh up to 10 kilograms and cheap to produce.