A delegation of leading US bloggers in the areas of technology, innovation and hi-tech began yesterday their tour in Israel with a visit to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to view IAI's latest advanced technologies.
The delegation, which will stay in Israel for a week, was invited by Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Israeli consulate in New York to strengthen ties and expose the visitors to Israel's achievements and capabilities as a leading-edge technologically sophisticated country in both innovation and entrepreneurship.
During the visit to IAI, the delegation's members were presented with IAI's advanced capabilities in the development and production of satellites and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) including a robotic butterfly - IAI's micro UAS. The project's engineers conducted a demonstration flight of the robotic butterfly, which is only 20 cm long, weighs a mere 12 grams, and is designed to fly in confined spaces.
The delegation's members were also given a thorough review of the Taxibot project. This is a semi-robotic innovative aircraft-towing system, developed by IAI in cooperation with Airbus and TLD. Taxibot, designed to transport airplanes from airport gate to runway, is planned for operational use by airlines at various airports around the world.
Daniel Zonshine, director of MFA's Public Affairs department said: "The MFA is in the middle of a process intended to position Israel as an inherently innovative country. An important part of this process is bringing groups of international opinion leaders to Israel and exposing them to Israeli capabilities in these areas as well as to the spirit and atmosphere which allow such creativity and innovation to flourish. Naturally we thought of IAI as a leading organization which epitomizes these qualities".
Alex Pasternack, technology journalist, Motherboard said: "We had an eye-opening tour of IAI which demonstrated how Israel's technology sector has been propelled by the innovation and outside the box thinking of IAI's engineers".
In the picture:
The delegation's members examining IAI's Heron UAS in IAI's UAS assembly hall. Left to right: Mattew Yoko - Motherboard, Renee Schmidt - SheBytes, Allison Boyer - New Media Expo, Alex Pasternack - Motherboard, Keren Gelfand - MFA, Natan Edelsburg - Lost Remote, Yacov Albert - EDI.
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