The following announcement was issued by Israel's Ministry of Defence spokesman on June 22nd, 2010:
"Today 06.22.2010 at 22:00 hrs, Israel's "Ofeq 9" satellite was launched and successfully injected into orbit by means of a "Shavit" satellite launcher.
In the next phase, the satellite will undergo several tests for validation of its serviceability and satisfactory performance.
"Ofeq-9" is an advanced remote sensing satellite.
Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd (IAI) developed and produced the satellite in response to an order placed by the IMOD, in cooperation with various other local industrial companies, including: El-Op, IMI, Rafael, Tadiran-Spectralink, Elisra and others.
The launch was conducted from the Israel Air Force test range."
In the pictures:
1- Ofeq 9 satellite being launched
2- Ofeq 9 entering to orbit illustration
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