Thursday, September 22, nine days after the launch of a spy satellite «OFEK-11, the defense Ministry and concern «TAAS Avirit» issued a joint statement to the press that they managed to get the first pictures from orbit.
«Today, 22 September at 17:10 engineering, and operating groups of concern «TAAS Avira» and the Department of space studies at the Ministry of defence for the first time intensified avionics reconnaissance satellite «OFEK 11» and was able to get the first photo.
Since the launch of the satellite on 13 September, dozens of engineers attempted to stabilize his system. The team of specialists from the Ministry of defence and concern «TAAS Avirit» for all these days did not lose control and communication with the satellite and doing a phased inspection of all systems. At the moment it is obvious that the satellite «OFEK 11 will be able to successfully complete its tasks,» — said in a statement.
Note that 21 September 2-th channel ITV reported that the engineers of the concern «Aviation industry» (TAA, IAI) was able to establish communication with launched a week ago by a reconnaissance satellite «OFEK-11» and get the first images of the earth surface in high resolution. However officially this information has not been confirmed.
OFEK» series of spy satellites developed by the Israeli concern Aviation industry. Life, presumably, does not exceed three years. Previous satellite «OFEK 10» was launched on 9 April 2014 using the three-stage rocket, «Shavit».
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