JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s new spy satellite began transmitting from space.
Israel launched the Ofek 9 spy satellite into low orbit late Tuesday night from the Palmachim air base in central Israel, and it began transmitting the next morning. The country now has five spy satellites in orbit.
Defense officials said the Ofek 9 is one of the most advanced satellites Israel has launched into space. An even more sophisticated satellite is scheduled to be launched in coming years.