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Israel for the first time presented images from the newest spy satellite "Horizon 16": in the pictures - Syria

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For the first time, the Israeli Defense Ministry published images from the latest spy satellite, called Ofek 16. It is noteworthy that images of the Syrian territory are presented as an example of the capabilities of the reconnaissance satellite cameras. We are talking about the famous ancient complex in Palmyra, which includes the ruins of the Bela temple. A few years ago, ISIS terrorists were in charge there (prohibited in Russia). But in the end, with the help of Russian troops, Syrian troops took control of Palmyra (Tadmor).


The press service of the Israeli Ministry of Defense noted that the engineers of the military department and the IAI continue to prepare the Ofek 16 satellite ("Horizon 16") for operational use and for the first time publish images of the antiquity of Syria in Palmyra, the famous Roman amphitheater.

This Israeli satellite was launched into orbit last month. It has an electro-optical "stuffing" with advanced capabilities. In particular, Horizon 16 is equipped with a high-resolution camera from Elbit Systems. The Israeli Defense Ministry notes that this camera is superior to other samples in terms of quality and performance in relation to the weight of the camera itself.



Israel Defense Ministry:

In the near future, following the completion of the in-orbit testing process, the Ministry of Defense will hand the satellite over to Operations Unit 9900, the IDF's geographic and visual reconnaissance unit.

Experts believe that the photos of Palmyra published by the Israeli military department do not reflect the real capabilities of the Ofek 16 satellite. In fact, the modification of the Jupiter camera, which is equipped with the spy satellite, is capable of shooting objects with a resolution of about 50 cm from an altitude of 600 km.

The fact that the demonstration images from the Horizon 16 spy satellite are associated with Syria indicates Israel's high interest in what is happening on the territory of this state.
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Israeli Ministry of Defense
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  1. Mitroha
    Mitroha 26 August 2020 06: 48 New
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    The quality of the images is certainly more than good, perhaps, given that the real possibilities are higher. Because back in 2014, the WorldView-3 satellite was launched with a resolution of 31 cm.
    1. Civil
      Civil 26 August 2020 07: 17 New
      -9
      Middle Eastern bragging has already begun among the Jews, apparently the Arabs were hooked ...
      1. Temples
        Temples 26 August 2020 07: 53 New
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        No, rather, they taught the Arabs.
    2. uav80
      uav80 26 August 2020 08: 23 New
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      Here we must also take into account that Ofeks, due to their small size and mass, as well as retrograde orbit, fly faster than Russian or American reconnaissance satellites, they make 15 orbits per day, and all the rest only up to 10, respectively, they transmit more reliable information. ..
      1. ccsr
        ccsr 26 August 2020 12: 00 New
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        Quote: uav80
        they make 15 turns per day, and all the rest only up to 10, respectively, they transmit more reliable information ...

        Firstly, this is not because of the speed, but because of the height of the orbit in the first place. And secondly, it makes no sense to increase the number of flights for optical-electronic reconnaissance satellites over the same object during the day, because the operational situation is monitored by other satellites, and these systems are only auxiliary in this process. The article indicates fairly reasonable and optimal numbers for such a system:
        In fact, a modification of the Jupiter camera that the spy satellite is equipped with is capable of capturing objects with a resolution of about 50 cm from an altitude of 600 km.

        As far as I understand, at an altitude of 600 km you will not get fifteen sessions a day - this requires lower orbits.
        1. uav80
          uav80 26 August 2020 12: 58 New
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          Even the Ofek-9, launched in 2010, operates at an altitude of 567 km, the travel time of one revolution is 94 minutes, the same 15 revolutions per day are obtained ...
          cameras "Jupiter Space" by Elbit Systems, in comparison with the one that, for example, is on the OPTSAT-3000 satellite will certainly be better, from 600 km at a resolution of 50 cm, it turns out 15 square kilometers per shot ..
          here in the article, of course, not about speed and altitude, but the resolution of optics when working in such conditions
          1. ccsr
            ccsr 26 August 2020 13: 14 New
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            Quote: uav80
            Even the Ofek-9, launched in 2010, operates at an altitude of 567 km, the travel time of one revolution is 94 minutes, the same 15 revolutions per day are obtained ...

            You apparently do not take into account the rotation of the Earth - well, a satellite cannot physically fly over Palmyra (or another object in Syria) fifteen times a day - this is obvious to any person who understands this process.
            Quote: uav80
            here in the article, of course, not about speed and altitude, but the resolution of optics when working in such conditions

            The point is not even the resolution, but the optimal ratio of costs for obtaining this or that intelligence information, not to mention that often not detailed, but overview images are needed. As experts say, it makes no sense to shoot anything less than 30 cm - well, if only for scientific purposes, but then everything turns out to be costly.
        2. shahor
          shahor 27 August 2020 17: 54 New
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          Quote: ccsr
          Firstly, this is not because of the speed, but because of the height of the orbit in the first place.

          You did not understand the comment you answered. The bottom line is that Israel is forced to launch its satellites against the rotation of the Earth, otherwise the spent stages would fall on the Arabs. Because of this, they seem to fly faster. And there is a plus in this (although more cons). You can more closely monitor the situation at the object of interest.
          1. ccsr
            ccsr 27 August 2020 18: 42 New
            +1
            Quote: shahor
            launch their satellites against the rotation of the Earth-

            Many countries do this, and especially if they put satellites into high orbits - I do not argue with that. But I considered the question in a different plane - it makes no sense to take information from 15 flights, especially since the resource of the satellite and batteries is rapidly decreasing.
            Quote: shahor
            And there is a plus in this (although more cons).

            Including the lack of electricity to recharge the satellite batteries.
            Quote: shahor
            You can more closely monitor the situation at the object of interest.

            To do this, an orbital group is created, but it is too expensive, and not all countries of the world can pull it off.
    3. Ross xnumx
      Ross xnumx 26 August 2020 10: 10 New
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      Quote: Mitroha
      The quality of the pictures is of course more than good, perhaps, given that the real possibilities are higher.

      Is the image quality more than good? Than what? Here, for comparison:






      Quote: Mitroha
      Because back in 2014, the WorldView-3 satellite was launched with a resolution of 31 cm.

      Because ... Why what ... You are an adult, I hope a human. Let's compare, not self-affirm. As for 2014, above, the third picture is from 2013 ...
      And then there is ... lol pictures from 1995:

      hi
    4. smart ass
      smart ass 27 August 2020 11: 01 New
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      Let me remind you that Jews live on a piece of desert surrounded by enemies, without oil, gas, forest and water.
  2. Avior
    Avior 26 August 2020 07: 02 New
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    ... speaks of Israel's high interest in what is happening on the territory of this state.

    This is logical, not only is there a common border, but also Israel and the Series are still at war.
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    2. uav80
      uav80 26 August 2020 08: 19 New
      +1
      Rather, it is hinted to Iran that if something with Jericho can hit the newly identified targets accurately enough ...
  3. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 26 August 2020 07: 16 New
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    Didn't doubt the talents of this enterprising people. The camera is quite decent. Yes, and the satellites themselves launch, they do not go to the Mask. hi
  4. Thrifty
    Thrifty 26 August 2020 07: 28 New
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    Indeed, the pictures are far from the best quality, it is clear that the photos were taken intentionally not at the maximum resolution of the optics. But, this is natural, the Israeli Ministry of Defense received photos of the necessary places with a quality that is an order of magnitude higher than the photos of Palmyra published here.
  5. boom Boom
    boom Boom 26 August 2020 07: 48 New
    +1
    Quote: Civil
    Middle Eastern bragging has already begun among the Jews, apparently the Arabs were hooked ...
    laugh you see only Israeli weapons are interested in and do not watch Russian news at least a new rocket then avant-garde then Poseidon then armata then warrior from 350 to 500 then someone was intercepted by I.T.D and so every hour every day I suppose I did not see to for example, that CNN has news about the launch of a rocket or the release of a new weapon,
    1. Lionnvrsk
      Lionnvrsk 26 August 2020 08: 31 New
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      Quote: boomboom
      every hour every day, let's say I haven't seen for example

      Why did you take up arms to discuss? After all, you have registered for the VO for the Belarusian elections! repeat
  6. sergo1914
    sergo1914 26 August 2020 07: 48 New
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    I beg. Submit such pictures of the Moscow Region to the Moscow Region Cadastral Chamber! And then our handcrafts have drawn this ...
  7. Private SA
    Private SA 26 August 2020 07: 54 New
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    And on what launch vehicle was it launched into orbit?
    And the pictures are really good in terms of clarity.
    permissions.
    1. Professor
      Professor 26 August 2020 07: 59 New
      +9
      Shavit. Palmachim.
  8. uav80
    uav80 26 August 2020 07: 58 New
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    Quote: Mountain Shooter
    they launch satellites themselves, they don't go to Musk.

    Why go, they know how to save money, every shekel invested by the state in the space program, in a month will return half in the form of taxes that their corporations pay ...
    "Ofeks" are not cheap satellites, each cost more than $ 300ml, and "Shavita" (launch vehicles, more precisely, even ICBMs) also cost money ...

    Some of the satellites for Israel were launched from Russia and India according to the classical scheme. their size and mass do not allow them to be displayed in a retrograde orbit (against the rotation of the earth). Retrograde orbit is used by Israel because of the political situation, they are forced to avoid the fall of spent stages on the territory of neighboring countries, which could lead to unpredictable consequences. Therefore, the rocket, departing in a westerly direction from the Palmachim test site, flies over the Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar and further over the Atlantic.

    PS: but the lunar probe "Bereshit" was launched by SpaceX. this is a commercial project, not a defense one, here the state already had no profit ...
    1. military_cat
      military_cat 26 August 2020 08: 25 New
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      Quote: uav80
      PS: but the lunar probe "Bereshit" was launched by SpaceX. this is a commercial project, not a defense one, here the state already had no profit ...

      Rather, the fact is that Shavit lifts on LEO up to 800kg, and Falcon - up to 22800kg.
      1. uav80
        uav80 26 August 2020 08: 33 New
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        Quote: military_cat
        Rather, the fact is that Shavit lifts on LEO up to 800kg, and Falcon - up to 22800kg.

        "Bereshit" is also not less than 600kg, there may have been conditions to use "Falcon", because SpaceIL developed the probe as part of the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition.
        1. military_cat
          military_cat 26 August 2020 09: 03 New
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          Quote: uav80
          "Bereshit" is also not less than 600kg

          Only they did not drag him to LEO.
      2. uav80
        uav80 26 August 2020 08: 49 New
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        Quote: military_cat
        Rather, the fact is that Shavit lifts on LEO up to 800kg, and Falcon - up to 22800kg.

        And the "Falcon" along with the "Bereshin" was dragged by the PSN-6 Indenesian communications satellite (main load) and the US Air Force S-5 experimental reconnaissance satellite ...
  9. grandfather_Kostya
    grandfather_Kostya 26 August 2020 10: 11 New
    +3
    In my mind I calculated the objective diameter of about 60 cm with the diffraction quality of the optics.
  10. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 26 August 2020 10: 18 New
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    talking about high interest of Israel to what is happening on the territory of this state
    The author made a powerful conclusion. If not for the images from the spy satellite, then we probably still puzzled over whether Israel is showing interest in Syria or not? And he inflicts systematic air strikes for the sake of sports interest.
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  12. iouris
    iouris 26 August 2020 11: 04 New
    0
    "I can see everything from above - you should know so."
  13. slipped
    slipped 26 August 2020 11: 37 New
    +1
    Detailed view satellites are getting smaller and smaller. Here is an example from the OPS-SAT - a European cubesat measuring only 30x10 cm (6U).



    A similar, but already domestic, camera is installed on the Russian spacecraft of the 6U cubesat class "OrbiKraft - Zorkiy".

    The launch of the device this fall. Data transmission from the camera will be carried out to X-band ground stations at a speed of up to 10 Mbps.

    Another similar device 3U - the satellite "NRU HSE - DZZ"

  14. andreykolesov123
    andreykolesov123 26 August 2020 14: 04 New
    -4
    All the same, it is unclear whether the S-500 will be able to shoot down awkward Zionist crafts?
  15. miru mir
    miru mir 26 August 2020 18: 02 New
    0
    of course, I'm interested. still an enemy country ...