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US, Israel deal to prevent satellite collisions in space

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Staff writer ▼ | August 17, 2015
Israel's Space Administration in the Defense Ministry’s MAFAT (Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure) has signed a cooperation agreement with the US military to monitor and prevent collisions in space.
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The agreement stated that man-made and other objects in space will be followed to ensure ongoing activity in space and prevent unwanted collisions.

It places Israel in a list of countries that are active in space and regard themselves as responsible for ensuring safety, the signatories said. Israel is known for its compact satellites.

Other countries who have such agreements are Britain, South Korea, France, Canada, Italy, Japan, Australia and Germany, as well as the European Space Agency.

The agreement, said the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, will improve the know-how in each of the signatory countries on movement in space and raise the security level of vital satellites that function daily in communications, weather and navigation.

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of satellites dispatched each year, and the number of government and private owners has also increased, the ministry said.