Israeli high school students constructed a nano-satellite named after Israel’s national bird, the Duchifat-2. They successfully launched their creation on April 18, which proves that these Israeli teens have a bright future in the sciences!
“Nanosatellites enable space engineering and space research at costs that are affordable for academia. The reduced costs allow academia to assume a much more active role in the field, taking advantage of the innovation and initiative of researchers and students,” Prof. Dan Blumberg, Ben-Gurion University’s VP and Dean for R&D, said in February following the launch of BGUSAT, Israeli academia’s first nanosatellite.
Duchifat-2 is meant to operate for about one year, sending signals from outer space to the Herzliya Science Center, where the students will analyze the incoming data.
“Duchifat-2 is not only an educational venture that brings space closer to youth and lays the way for tomorrow’s generation; it is also an international research project,” Science Minister Ofir Akunis said. “This is Israeli pride for the future generation, and an opportunity to increase public awareness about space.”