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Israeli Aerospace Industry anticipates building communication satellites

Israeli Aerospace Industries plans to develop a national communications satellite known as Dror-1. The satellite will have features to enable it to work for 15 years and will depend primarily on domestic technologies from Israeli Aerospace Industries and other entities from Israel, a statement from the firm. 

An announcement from Israeli Aerospace Industries concerning the satellite, which the firm uploaded on social media, entails little information on the satellite, such as the size, surface area, or throughput. 

Israeli Aerospace Industries as nearly closing down its geostationary communication satellite producing line back in 20128 when it lost a competition with SSL to manufacture the Amos 8 satellite. 

The authorizes of Israel later said that Israeli Aerospace Industries would develop an Amos 8 satellite, prompting Spacecom, the non-governmental Israel entity which operates the Amos satellite. It also canceled its manufacturing and lifted off partnerships. 

Sapcecom is yet to pronounce new plans concerning the Amos 8 satellite. In an outgoing interview, the retiring chief executive officer of Spacecom, David Polack, called the authorities of Israel to take actions concerning the Amos 8 satellite. 

During a release that took place on 3 January, Israeli Aerospace Industries said that the authority of Israel committed to the Droor-1 satellite branches from a ‘comprehensive way of able communication and having the freedom that is important to the state.’ The commitment comprehended in 2018 entails a resolution to form a ‘long-term approach for Israel satellite communications.’

Boaz Levy, who is the executive vice president and general manager of Israeli Aerospace Industries’ Systems, Missiles and Space Group, stated that in the previous years, Israeli Aerospace Industries invested mostly in R&D to keep the current satellite communication capabilities of Israel and in progressing the future ones. The staff is excited to advance with Dror-1 satellite, which is the most developed communication satellite for Israel to manufacture.

The previous communications of Israeli Aerospace Industries satellite were Amos 6, which crashed in a Falcon 9 explosion during a 2016 fueling mishap. In 2018, Israeli Aerospace Industries received an order to pay Spacecom $10 million because of delivering the Amos 6 satellite late. 

Israeli Aerospace Industries developed the Beresheet moon lander for a non-profit association, known as Space IL, which crashed on the surface of the lunar in April 2019. The entity also develops satellites for distant sensing, but it has failed to gain adhesion with operators of the business telecom satellite. 

Martin Hill