The Israeli Defense Ministry gave its official confirmation that the Ofek-11 reconnaissance satellite that was launched last week has in fact been stabilized and transmitted first images from space.
Continuous contact with the satellite has been attained Photo Credit: Channel 2 News
Following the publication on JOL News yesterday (Wednesday), Head of the Space Administration at the Israeli Defense Ministry Amnon Harari confirmed today that the Ofek-11 satellite transmitted pictures from space. “We activated the satellite’s cameras and the images look great,” he stated. “We examined all the satellite’s systems and are in continuous contact with it. It will provide us with operational productivity thanks to the joint effort of the engineering and operation teams at the Defense Ministry and Israel Aerospace Industries.”
“We have worked together in order to reach the very impressive achievement in the form of lovely images,” stated Head of the IAI’s MBT Space Division Ofer Doron. “We managed to stabilize Ofek-11. We cannot give any details regarding its capabilities but the main thing is that we have excellent images. It was a difficult birth and the satellite’s operation is complicated but nonetheless we managed to get exceptional images.”
Yesterday, the claims that Ofek-11 transmitted first pictures from space were initially denied but now they have been officially confirmed, as has the fact that continuous contact with the satellite has been achieved.