TEL AVIV (Jan. 25)
Israel will launch a rocket for meteorological and cosmic ray research within a year, it was announced here by Moshe Arens, president of the Israel Astronautical Society. Mr. Arens is a senior lecturer in the aeronautics department of the Technion Institute at Haifa.
The rocket, designed by members of the Astronautical Society, is expected to reach an altitude of about 30 miles. If the design proves successful, Mr. Arens said, there is no reason why Israel may not sell the rocket to research organizations abroad.
According to Mr. Arens, the Society will soon start operation of a satellite-tracing station, using five telescopes to be loaned by the Smithsonian Institution of Washington. Young members of the Israeli Civil Aviation Corps will man the station, which will be erected on Mount Carmel, in Haifa.