Israel: A New Spy in The Sky

A New Spy in The Sky

The Middle East arms race is expected to take another leap into space soon when Israel launches its second and most sophisticated reconnaissance satellite. Dubbed the Ofek-2, the spying device may be in orbit in a matter of weeks, providing detailed photographs of troop movements and missile activity in Israel's neighboring Arab states.

Although still considered experimental, Ofek-2 (the name means Horizon in Hebrew) is equipped with a state-of-the-art high-resolution electro-optical camera and is programmed to circle the globe for at least two years. Its predecessor, Ofek-1, was launched in September 1988 and stayed aloft four months.

Both satellites were developed...

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