Top Expert Urges Israel to Advance Rocket Propulsion Researches

The science of rocket propulsion is sufficiently advanced in Israel to support a modest space research program, according to Prof. E. D. Bergmann, former chairman of Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission and now a member of the National Committee for Space Research.

Prof. Bergmann told a symposium of scientists here that it was important for Israel to participate in space research, even on a modest scale and even if “we have to be a satellite of a satellite.” The symposium was part of the Bath-Sheva Seminar on Planetary Physics, held at Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Bergmann said the committee favored research “with the help of meteorological rockets which might, after years of work, culminate in the ability to design a satellite.” He said, however, that he did not know whether the committee would get the funds for the suggested research program.

Prof. W. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin, told the symposium that Israel’s Space Research Institute was designing a receiving station for satellites now in orbit.