Knesset to discuss future of Israel space program

The Knesset Committee of Science and Technology is to discuss on Sunday the consequences and implications of the Amos-6 explosion.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

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The Knesset Committee of Science and Technology is to discuss on Sunday the consequences of the explosion of Israel's Amos-6 Satellite, and its implications for the future of the Israeli space industry.

The meeting will include the Minister of Science and Technology Ofir Akunis (Likud) as well as the head of the Israeli Space Agency Yitzhak Ben-Yisrael.

The meeting comes after questions were raised about the strength of the Israeli space program in the wake of the explosion. Previously, MK Nahman Shai (Zionist Union) had said: “The destruction of the Amos-6 satellite revealed the Israeli space program for what it is. Despite lofty and inflated words, the Israeli space program is standing on shifting sand. It is built on improvisations and on [a miniscule] available budget.

“Together with Amos-6, damage has been caused to the long-term security of Israel, and there is currently no way to rehabilitate it. Israel, as usual, is living from hand to mouth but, in this case, such an admission has direct implications for Israel’s security.”

The Israeli Amos-6 communications satellite exploded at launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The explosion put a question-mark on the future of the Israeli space program, which was already being threatened with budget cuts.




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