Ofeq-7

Summary

Ofeq-7
Shavit Ofek7a.jpg
Ofeq-7 launch on a Shavit 2 launch vehicle
NamesOfek-7
Offek-7
Mission typeOptical reconnaissance
OperatorIsraeli Ministry of Defence / Tsahal
COSPAR ID2007-025A
SATCAT no.31601
Websitehttps://www.iai.co.il/
Mission duration5 years (planned) [1]
14 years, 5 months and 21 days (in progress)
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftOfeq-7
BusOPSAT-2000[2]
ManufacturerIsrael Aerospace Industries
Launch mass300 kg (660 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date10 June 2007, 23:40 UTC[3]
RocketShavit 2 (No.7)
Launch sitePalmachim Air Base
ContractorIsrael Aerospace Industries
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit[4]
RegimeLow Earth orbit
(Retrograde orbit)
Perigee altitude339 km (211 mi)
Apogee altitude575 km (357 mi)
Inclination141.80°
Period93.70 minutes
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Ofeq-7,[5] (also known as Ofek 7 or Offek-7), is part of the Ofeq family of Earth observation satellites designed and built by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the Israel Ministry of Defense.

Launch

The Ofeq-7 was launched by a Shavit 2 space launch vehicle on 10 June 2007 at 23:40 UTC.[3] Equipped with advanced technology and a series of new enhancements to provide improved imagery, it is placed into an elliptical orbit of 300 × 600 km (190 × 370 mi).[6]

Mission

Three days after its launch, on 13 June 2007, IAI MBT Space Division received the first images taken by the satellite. The Ofeq-7 is a follow-on spacecraft to Ofeq-5 that was placed into orbit in 2002.

References

  1. ^ "UCS Satellite Database". Union of Concerned Scientists. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Ofeq 5, 6, 7, 9". Gunter's Space Page. 21 July 2019. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Report. 14 March 2021. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Trajectory: Ofeq-7 2007-025A". NASA. 27 April 2021. Retrieved 8 May 2021. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  5. ^ "Display: Ofeq-7 2007-025A". NASA. 27 April 2021. Retrieved 8 May 2021. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. ^ "OFEQ 7". Heavens Above. Retrieved 8 May 2021.