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Ofeq 11, 16

Ofeq 11 ? [IAI]

Ofeq 11 is the first of an improved Israeli spy satellite series. It is based on the OPSAT-3000 Bus, which is derived from TECSAR. The next-generation satellite will feature an advanced panchromatic camera and possibly a multispectral imaging payload. As Israel was searching cooperation with an unnamed asian country, probably India, it has not then decided, to which inclination the satellite will be launched. In case of cooperation, an polar orbit will be used, otherwise the typical retrograde orbit of the earlier Ofeq missions will be retained. If a polar orbit will be used, the satellite can not be launched by the Israeli Shavit-2 launch vehicle.

The first satellite of this series was Ofeq 11, which was orbited in September 2016 on a Shavit-2 booster. While the satellite has successfully reached orbit, officials reported unspecified problems with the spacecraft during the checkout period post-launch, which were apparently solved after a few days.

A second satellite, Ofeq 16, was successfully launched on 6 July 2020. It features Elbit Systems’ JUPITER camera, an earth observation camera integrated with the IAI’s OPTSAT-3000 satellite.

Nation: Israel
Type / Application: Earth observation
Operator: Tsahal
Contractors: IAI
Equipment: Jupiter camera (#16)
Configuration: OPTSAT-3000 (IMPS-2) Bus
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Orbit: 341 km × 594 km, 142.53° (#11); 329 km × 602 km, 140.64° (#16)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Ofeq 11 2016-056A 13.09.2016 Pa Shavit-2
Ofeq 16 2020-044A 06.07.2020 Pa Shavit-2

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