Space Florida, Israel Space Agency Sign Collaboration MoU

The collaboration will cover space-related education programs as well as academic and industrial partnerships, with a focus on climate, agriculture, and water challenges

From the signing ceremony (Credit: Governor’s Press Office)

The Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis participated in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing between Space Florida and the Israel Space Agency (ISA), which took place at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation.

Also in attendance at the signing ceremony were Israeli Minister of Science and Technology Ofir Akunis, Space Florida President and CEO Frank DiBello, Director-General of the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology Ran Bar, ISA Chairman Maj. Gen. (res.) Isaac Ben Israel, and ISA Director-General Avi Blasberger.

“Today, we are here to initiate a partnership that will benefit the space industries of both Florida and Israel,” said Gov. DeSantis. “I want to thank the leaders from the Israel Space Agency for joining us to offer an opportunity to increase collaborative research, provide educational enrichment for our students and drive innovation like never before.”

“Space Florida is excited to collaborate with the Israel Space Agency in critical endeavors that mutually benefit both Israel and Florida,” said Space Florida President and CEO Frank DiBello. “As we highlight and seek solutions to bio-agriculture and water issues, the goal is to inspire and encourage students to seek scientific solutions and encouragement from this international partnership.”

“In the last year we have been making progress to reach this special day,” said Avi Blasberger, Director-General of The Israel Space Agency. “The Israel Space Agency and Space Florida desire to work together to discuss potential areas of collaborative relationships to support space exploration, scientific research and innovation and to jointly promote science, technology, engineering and math. This is a big step for the benefit of our communities and our peoples.”

The agreement between The Israel Space Agency and Space Florida will allow innovative collaboration and partnership in research, development and education. More specifically, there will be increased collaboration in scientific programs of remote sensing or other mutually agreed upon areas of interest; and educational programs, such as STEM-focused CubeSat competitions for Florida and Israeli students.

Additional potential research endeavors may include payload applications to specific bio-agriculture and water issues commonly faced in both Florida and Israel. The intent is to focus on taking space-related research from satellites and the International Space Station (ISS), and applying discoverable science to major agriculture and water issues which have a global impact. The goal will be to obtain high-resolution photographs of specific sites to track environmental issues such as desertification, erosion, pollution, natural disasters and other phenomena associated with environmental damage.

Gov. Ron DeSantis arrived in Israel Sunday with a delegation of close to 100 people for a six-day trade mission in an effort to strengthen the economic relations between Israel and Florida.

“I promised to be the most pro-Israel governor in America, and our bold agenda for my upcoming business development mission to Israel includes many historic firsts, strengthening Florida’s ties with Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East,” said DeSantis. 

The governor is joined by his cabinet and more than 90 delegates from Florida, including state workers, lawmakers, senior academics, businessmen, and others.

“Our delegation will secure a historic number of memorandums of understanding for a governor's business development mission. These agreements will benefit Florida students, businesses and residents for decades to come, from securing high-wage jobs to the development of environmental technology to research and academic opportunities,” DeSantis added.

 

[Sources: Space Florida, CTech, CBN News]

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