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Elbit Launches National Lab to Develop Space Cameras

Elbit Systems has launched a national laboratory for the development of space cameras, such as the high-resolution “Jupiter” camera.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 3/28/2011, 11:46 AM / Last Update: 3/28/2011, 12:51 PM

Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems has launched a national laboratory for the development of space cameras, such as the high-resolution “Jupiter” camera.

The new center, named “Daniel,” is located in the Science Park in Nes Tziona, next to Rehovot and part of the greater metropolitan Tel Aviv region.

The Defense Ministry and Elbit, an international company based in Israel, invested tens of millions of dollars over the past three years in the elaborate lab, which is intended to serve Israel’s space program for decades.

Among Elbit’s products and accomplishments is the most advanced space photography in the world, and the new lab is designed to meet the growing demand for high-quality photo products for telescopes and cameras in space.

The high-resolution Jupiter camera, unveiled in Israel last year at the Ilan Ramon International Space Conference, can be used in different kinds of satellites. The camera is able to observe objects that are 50 centimeters (20 inches) long, cruising at an altitude of 600 kilometers (approximately 373 miles).

"We pride ourselves on the establishment of the new lab, the most advanced of its kind in the world. We hope that the Israeli government will leverage the groundbreaking unique capabilities that exist here and promote new projects as part of a national space program,” said Elbit president Ackerman.