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Ofeq 2



Israel's second satellite, Ofeq 2, was launched via a Shavit booster from Yavne launch facility in the Negev desert. The experimental scientific satellite tested two-way communications, remote control, and onboard system performance in a space environment. Built by Israel Aircraft Industires for the Israeli Space Agnecy, Ofeq 2 was an octagonal prism, measuring 2.3 m tall, 1.2 m wide at the bottom, 0.7 m wide at the top. Body mounted solar cells supplied 246 W of power. Telemetry was transmitted via an S-band communications system. It reentered earth's atmosphere on July 9, 1990.

Alternate Names

  • 20540
  • Horizon 2
  • Ofeq2

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1990-04-03
Launch Vehicle: Shavit
Launch Site: Yavne, Israel
Mass: 160 kg

Funding Agency

  • Israeli Space Agency (Israel)


  • Communications
  • Engineering

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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