A new nanosatellite, the first for Israeli academia, was launched into space on Wednesday to conduct scientific missions for the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
BGUSAT is the result of a five-year joint project between BGU, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) and Israel’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Space.
The satellite, 10x10x30 centimeters (4x4x12 inches) — a little bit larger than a milk carton — and weighing just five kilograms (11 lbs), is outfitted with innovative cameras that can photograph a large array of weather phenomena and a guidance system that allows operators to choose the areas to research through a dedicated ground station at BGU. Researchers will be able to position the satellite to take a variety of pictures from different angles.
It is the first time any Israeli university will have access to data from an Israeli nanosatellite for research purposes, BGU, IAI and the Israel Space Agency said in a joint statement. Its unique orbital path close to Earth’s atmosphere will enable BGU and researchers at the Tel Aviv University to study scientific phenomena such as the Earth airglow layer.Thursday, February 16, 2017