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  Tamuz 5, 5767 , 20/07/07

Israeli Super-Spy Satellite to be Launched September

The Defense Ministry will launch its most advanced spy satellite to date aboard an Indian rocket in September. The new satellite is capable of transmitting tiny images in all weather conditions, reports the Jerusalem Post.

After the launch of the Ofek 7 spy satellite in June, final arrangements are being made for launching the TecSar satellite, manufactured by the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The TecSar will be the first Israeli satellite with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) capabilities, and is to monitor Iran's nuclear installations.

The TecSar weighs just under 300 kilograms. It can take pictures of objects on earth even in cloudy weather conditions – something the Ofek photographic satellites cannot do. TecSar creates high-resolution images using advanced radar technology developed by IAI subsidiary Elta.

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