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19 September 1988 - Israel launches Ofeq-1

19 September 1988

With the launch of the Ofeq-1, Israel became the ninth country to launch a rocket into space.

Ofeq means Horizon in Hebrew.

It was an experimental reconnaisance satelite with a mission

to test the solar cells and do radio transmission tests.. The satelite remained in robit for about four months, after which it burned up re-entering the atmosphere

The satelite was built by the IAI (Israel Aircraft Industries) and launched by the Israel Space Agency on board a Shavit rocket from the Palmachim Air Force Base in the Negev Desert in Israel.

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