First and unique achievement for Israel: Eight satellites designed, developed and built by male and female students from around the country, of the Israel Space Agency in the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology, were launched this evening (Thursday) aboard the FALCON launcher of the SPACEX company. About an hour and a half after launch, the eight satellites parted from the launcher, and successfully entered their successfully planned orbit.
The first transmission from the satellites is expected to be received in the evening, to the control rooms in the centers: Yeruham, Herzliya, Sha’ar Hanegev – and to prove in fact that the satellite is not only launched into space but also lives in space.
As mentioned, this is the first time in the world that eight satellites built by male and female students have been launched into space at the same time. All stages of the planning, development and construction of the satellite were done by the students in the middle schools in Sha’ar Hanegev, Ofakim, Yeruham, Taibe, Nazareth, Ma’ale Adumim, Givat Shmuel and Kiryat Ata, under professional guidance and management of the Herzliya Science Center.
Launch moments. Photo: Israel Space Agency
Simultaneously with the launch, an event is expected at the “City Hall” in Herzliya, in the presence of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology Orit Farkash HaCohen, Director General of the Israel Space Agency Brigadier General Uri Oron, heads of authorities, Herzliya Science Center who professionally accompanied the groups The instructors and of course the male and female students who participated in the project.
Minister Farkash HaCohen said that the Israel Space Agency’s master plan program in which students from eight different authorities, Jews and Arabs, built satellites to be launched into space is an experiential and practical experience in planning and building a satellite, promotes students’ scientific and technological knowledge and inspires curiosity and inspiration. It is one of the exciting programs of the Ministry of Science and the Space Agency in that it connects people and peoples, and makes social change. ”
Brigadier General (Res.) Uri Oron, Director General of the Israel Space Agency, added that the TABAL program is a groundbreaking scientific educational program at the world level. For the first time, high school students from eight different authorities built in parallel and launched eight satellites. The program established and funded by the Israel Space Agency in the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology, was managed and implemented by the Herzliya Science Center with great talent. Satellites of the World is an inspiring project and is a testament to the technological ability of Israeli students, and the ability of space to connect all sectors – Jewish, Arab, religious and secular, from all over the country. The graduates of the program, their families and all the pedagogical bodies that accompany them have achieved a most impressive achievement. We have all realized that space has the potential to connect, initiate, achieve and succeed. This is the first milestone in the program, but in light of its success, I know that it will be followed by other programs. ”
Beyond launching the satellite, the Tevel project also serves as an infrastructure for advancing specialization in space in the upper division, and encourages male and female students to join STEM studies in general (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and space studies in particular.