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Israel To Launch Two Military Satellites

File illustration of Ofeq 5's westward flight path to orbit.
Jerusalem (SPX) Jan 31, 2005
Israel will launch two military satellites in the near future, leading Ha'aretz newspaper quoted a military publication as saying last Thursday.

The military weekly "Bamahane" reported in its current edition that the launch of the two satellites has been brought forward because of the failure of the "Ofeq 6" to attain orbit last September.

"Ofeq 6" was a sophisticated spy satellite designed to replace older models, but it plunged into the Mediterranean in a failed launch attempt on Sept. 6.

The report said the two satellites, called TESCAR and Ofeq 7, developed by Israeli military industries, are to be launched in the near future.

According to the report, the TESCAR satellite represents a "technological breakthrough and will expand the capabilities" of Israel's satellite program.

Earlier, Israeli spy satellites have flown over Syria, Iran and Iraq.

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Japan Eyes Smaller Spy Satellite
Tokyo (SPX) Jan 11, 2005
Japan will start research in fiscal 2005 on scaling down the size of its spy satellites to enhance their maneuverability, aiming to launch a small fourth-generation satellite by around fiscal 2010.

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