The advanced espionage satellite “Ofek-5” is launched into orbit
The espionage satellite “Ofek-5” was launched into orbit from the IAF base “Palmahim” at 18:25, after several delays. The Satellite, constructed by the “Missile Systems and Space” division of the Israeli Aircraft Industry was launched on a special launcher developed at the Industry’s MLM factory. Contrary to the accepted method, “Ofek-5” was launched into the atmosphere from east to west, the opposite of the earth’s rotational direction. Such operation required the development of a more powerful launcher but prevented the option of the satellite falling in neighboring Arab countries territory in case of launch malfunction. The advanced satellite, which development lasted four years, will supply Israel excellent quality intelligence images.