Big Brother Is Watching from Space

Elbit System’s new space cameras were presented during the space convention at the Fischer Institute

The Jupiter space camera (Photo: Elbit)

Elbit Systems is presenting a wide range of space cameras, advanced sensors, and satellite communication measures at the annual Ilan Ramon International Space Convention taking place from January 29-30, 2012.

One of the systems presented at the start of the convention was the Jupiter, a next-generation space camera intended for installation on board the Israeli OpSat 3000 satellite.

It possesses improved capabilities compared to previous space cameras, and is intended for military and civilian applications. The camera’s separation capability allows for distinguishing objects as small as 50 cm from a cruise altitude of 600 km.

Another camera is the Neptune, a space camera in use onboard the Eros B satellite that has been in orbit for nearly five years. The advanced camera provides a resolution of 70 cm at an altitude of 500 km.

Elbit’s camera systems are installed as part of central space programs for military, commercial, and scientific applications. The company’s development efforts in the field of space are carried out at the Daniel national laboratory for development of space cameras, located at an El-Op site in Ness-Ziyyona’s science park. Tens of millions of NIS were invested in its establishment, with the joint funding of the Ministry of Defense and Elbit Systems. The laboratory will serve the relevant necessities of the Israeli space programs in the coming decades.

At the space convention, Elbit Systems Land and C4I-Tadiran presented the military solution to satellite motion communications—the ELSAT2000. It allows for the high-rate broadband transmission of data, in accordance with the increasing battlefield demand to transfer interactive multimedia via satellite.

The company is also presenting the MSR-R and MSR-Pro routers for military satellite networks, which are based on VSAT stations that can be operated from both stationary and portable stations and even as a portable system carried by soldiers.

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