Re: "Ofeq 5" launch report

From: Phillip Clark (
Date: Thu Jul 12 2001 - 15:04:51 PDT

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    On Thu, 12 Jul 2001, Jonathan T Wojack wrote:
    > What is the reported satellite supposed to do?
    Photoreconnaissance - an improved version of Ofeq 3.   Actually, the story
    was claiming that the improved Shavit launcher (which we know exists) had
    actually launched _two_ Ofeqs, 5A and 5B, which were to be operated
    simultaneously for greater coverage.
    > So, no actual launch occured (as far as we know) ?
    No orbital attempt was launched.   Maybe it was a missile test ?
    > Perhaps it was a propaganda effort by the Israelis?  The conditions in
    > the area are such that propaganda is to be expected.
    This cannot be ruled out, but there have been no similar propaganda events
    with the previous six launches of Ofeqs (three reached orbit).
    Phillip Clark
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