11.05.2011 07.Ijar, 5771 Tag 21 des Omer
Exclusive: Upgrade would enable live feeds from anywhere, removing 90-minute delay that can be critical in times of conflict.
The Defense Ministry is set to invest millions to upgrade Israel's space communication capabilities, to enable reconnaissance and surveillance satellites used by the IDF to provide real-time intelligence. As things stand, Israeli satellites can only download their data when they fly directly over Israel – which can mean a delay of up to 90 minutes, a critical handicap in times of conflict.
Israel currently operates the Ofek 9, Ofek 7 and the Ofek 5 satellites, as well as the advanced TecSar satellite which is one of only a handful in the world that uses advanced radar technology instead of a camera. The IDF also receives services from two commercially owned satellites known as Eros A and B….