Author Topic: Ofek-16 - Shavit-2 - Palmachim Airbase - July 06 2020 (1:00 UTC)  (Read 10123 times)

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Still nothing on Space-Track. Not expecting TLEs, but should get a catalog entry - if none by tomorrow, I will start to doubt that it reached orbit.
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Still nothing on Space-Track. Not expecting TLEs, but should get a catalog entry - if none by tomorrow, I will start to doubt that it reached orbit.

When Ofek-11 was launched, NASA had decided not to disclose the satellite's orbital information. Maybe it's the same thing here.

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Still nothing on Space-Track. Not expecting TLEs, but should get a catalog entry - if none by tomorrow, I will start to doubt that it reached orbit.

It is in VERY good orbit and in excellent condition.

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Still nothing on Space-Track. Not expecting TLEs, but should get a catalog entry - if none by tomorrow, I will start to doubt that it reached orbit.

It is in VERY good orbit and in excellent condition.
Terrific.  But like jcm, I need to see confirming proof.  We have seen other nations (Iran, North Korea, etc.) claim orbital success for satellites that were never tracked.  Amateurs are looking for Ofeq 16 and will hopefully find it in coming days.

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Still nothing on Space-Track. Not expecting TLEs, but should get a catalog entry - if none by tomorrow, I will start to doubt that it reached orbit.

When Ofek-11 was launched, NASA had decided not to disclose the satellite's orbital information. Maybe it's the same thing here.

You mean DoD, not NASA.
yes, but they did add Ofek-11 to the catatlog with blank entries to the orbit.
I am expecting them to do the same with this sat - in the next few hours, hopefully. Otherwise, suspicious.
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Still nothing on Space-Track. Not expecting TLEs, but should get a catalog entry - if none by tomorrow, I will start to doubt that it reached orbit.

When Ofek-11 was launched, NASA had decided not to disclose the satellite's orbital information. Maybe it's the same thing here.

You mean DoD, not NASA.
yes, but they did add Ofek-11 to the catatlog with blank entries to the orbit.
I am expecting them to do the same with this sat - in the next few hours, hopefully. Otherwise, suspicious.


And there were are! Successful orbit confirmed.
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Scott Manley on the Shavit launcher:


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Were there any NOTAMs in the Mediterranean for the stage 2 and interstage impact?
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Were there any NOTAMs in the Mediterranean for the stage 2 and interstage impact?

This twitter user posted some NOTAMs.

https://twitter.com/avischarf/status/1279872002711597058
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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Were there any NOTAMs in the Mediterranean for the stage 2 and interstage impact?

This twitter user posted some NOTAMs.

https://twitter.com/avischarf/status/1279872002711597058

Hmm, that's for immediate launch area, but nothing for the stage 2 impact downrange in the Med I guess.

Hobbyists have now located the sat
http://satobs.org/seesat/Jul-2020/0058.html


1 45860U 20044A   20191.09580793  .00153063  00000-0  24500-2 0    01
2 45860 140.9182  39.9902 0199708  87.7645 274.5997 15.32695523    07

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Official logo of Ofek-16 satellite

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Ofek-16 satellite in its crate - before shipment to lasunch site

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Israel's Defense Ministry receives first images from Ofek 16 satellite

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/israels-defense-ministry-receives-first-images-from-ofek-16-satellite-635019

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A week after Israel launched the Ofek 16 reconnaissance satellite into space, the first high-quality pictures have been received at an Israel Aerospace Industriesí (IAI) control station in Yehud, Israelís Defense Ministry announced Tuesday.

The Israeli MOD released the first three images** captured by the recently launched Ofek-16.*
In addition, the MOD released a video showing, for the first time, the newly built "space camera manufacturing laboratory" which the statement claims cost "hundreds of millions Shekels".
Video of the new lab (in Hebrew):

*Images are Attached to this reply.
**The images captured showcase the Palyrma World Heritage Center in Syria.

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