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OpSat (SHALOM)

Ofeq 11 [IAI]
OpSat probably similar

In June 2012 the Italian Defense Ministry announced a contract to buy the OpSat high-resolution optical reconnaissance satellite from Israel as part of an offset package agreed to in exchange for the Israeli Defense Ministryís purchase of Italian trainer aircraft. The mission is also called SHALOM (Spaceborne Hyperspectral Applicative Land and Ocean Mission).

OpSat is regarded as a gap-filler until the Italian-made optical reconnaissance satellite OpSIS for Italian defense authorities becomes operational.

The 300 kg satellite to be purchased by Italy as part of the contractís offset package would have a ground sampling distance sharper than 1 meter. Its performance could approach that of Israelís Ofeq 9 optical reconnaissance satellite, which was launched in 2009.

The satellite would use the IMPS-2 platform built by Israel Aerospace Industries.

Nation: Italy
Type / Application: Reconnaissance, optical
Operator: Italian Defense Ministry
Contractors: IAI
Equipment:
Configuration: OPSAT-3000 Bus
Propulsion:
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 300 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
OpSat (SHALOM) - 2017 Ko ELV Vega with VENµS, SAMSON 1, SAMSON 2, SAMSON 3