National Points of Contact
Welcome to the page of SGAC Israel! Since 2002, when the first Israeli delegates participated at the World Space Congress, Israeli students and young space professionals have become part of the global Space Generation. Israel has a developed local aerospace industry, building and launching its own satellites. There is also a strong interest in space education and activities, including satellite design and operation, space research and astronomy.
Israel was honored to host the International Space University’s (ISU) Space Studies Program (SSP) in the summer of 2016 in the Technion, Haifa.
Young Space Activities Overview in Israel
The local activities that young professionals and students take part in include university satellite design at the Technion in Haifa (SAMSON project) and at Ben Gurion University in Be’er Sheva (BGUSat\NegevSat).
The Weizmann Institute is designing together with NASA and the Israeli space community the first Israeli space research mission called ULTRASAT.
The SpaceIL foundation is planning on launching its lunar lander during 2017 in the Google Lunar X-Prize competition. SpaceIL is also focusing efforts on encouraging Israeli youth to study STEM related subjects.
The Herzliya Space Laboratory has launched its first high school level CubeSat in June 2014 (Duchifat-1) and is now planning its second satellite as a part of the QB50 project together with partner high schools from Yeruham.
The Israeli Space Agency awards young space professionals and students with the Ilan Ramon Scholarship to attend the International Space University Space Studies Program (ISU SSP).
Interesting Weblinks for the Young Generation in Israel
Officials and Organizations
Universities and Research Institutes
Nano-satellite & CubeSats Projects
SAMSON project – Technion
Duchifat-1 – A CubeSat developed and built by secondary school students
INSA – Israeli Nano-Satellite Association & the InKlajn-1 CubeSat
Going to the Moon
SpaceIL – SpaceIL is an Israeli team competing for the Google Lunar X Prize, their mission is to make Israel the third country in the world to place a flag on the Moon.
Space Educational Projects
Ramon SpaceLab and NSL Satellites Ltd – Scientific experiments onboard the ISS as part of an educational project for school children
Herzliya Space Laboratory
Space Week and Space Education Conference
SpaceIL educational activities
Glimpses from SGC and IAC 2015