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World's First Nano-Satellite Laboratory and BGUSAT set to Launch

14 February 2017 by Efraim Roseman

World's First Nano-Satellite Laboratory and BGUSAT set to Launch

Two Israeli civilian satellites developed with the support of the Israel Space Agency, will be launched into space tomorrow, February 15.

One satellite contains the world's first nano-satellite laboratory, produced by SpacePharma, will conduct four application implanted experiments, which will allow the researchers to control and watch their experiments in real time via their smartphones. The company intends to operate future space labs with no less than 160 experiments running simultaneously.

The other satellite is BGUSAT, a joint project of Israel Aircraft Industries and the Ministry of Science. Launched as part of a Ben-Gurion University scientific mission, it is equipped with special CCD camera a Tri-Axis inertial sensor, an experimental space GPS sensor from Honeywell, a magnometer and an optic communication sensor. The satellite can detect various climatic phenomena and will enable researchers to obtain high-quality images which previously had to be purchased at great cost from foreign satellites.

Science Minister Ophir Akunis said, "The launch of the satellites with the support of the Ministry of Science reflects our investment in the future of the State of Israel."

The satellites will be part of the launch of the Indian Space Agency, which will carry him a record number of 102 additional satellites from around the world.