Israel successfully launched the new Ofek 13 spy satellite into space in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Defense Ministry and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) confirmed.
A Shavet 2 launcher shot the satellite into orbit from the Palmachim Airbase in central Israel at about 2 a.m.
“The ‘Ofek-13’ satellite is an observation satellite with advanced capabilities,” the Defense Ministry stated.
“The satellite successfully entered orbit, has begun transmitting data, and completed preliminary tests.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)