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    UNIS/MA20
    Vienna, 14 June 2013

    Media Advisory

    The media is invited to attend the donation ceremony of the

    Earth observation satellite model "OPTSAT 2000"

    on

    Thursday 20 June 2013

    1.15 - 1.45 p.m.

    at the Vienna International Centre (VIC), UNOOSA Space Exhibit (corridor  D/E)

    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) will be given a model of the earth observation satellite model "OPTSAT 2000" by Israel, which will be added to the UNOOSA permanent exhibit at the Vienna International Centre.

    The "OPTSAT 2000" is a high resolution earth observation satellite. While orbiting the Earth at an altitude of 500 kilometres, the "OPTSAT 2000" takes panchromatic images with spatial resolution of 0.7 metre. With an overall weight of about 300 kg and a bus power consumption of less than 120W average, it is considered to be high-tech in terms of weight to performance ratio and its levels of autonomy. 

    Israel has a long history in space with the National Space Programme established in the early 1980s. The Programme focuses on the areas of miniaturization, earth observation, satellite communication and space launch. Israel Space Agency (ISA) is a part of Israel's Ministry of Science, Technology, and Space.

    Speakers:

    Yaakov Perry, Minister of Science, Technology and Space of the State of Israel

    Menachem Kidron, Director General of the Israeli Space Agency

    Yury Fedotov, Director-General, United Nations Office at Vienna

    Moderator: Mazlan Othman, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

    More information is available on www.unoosa.org

    A VIC grounds pass is required. Please register by 18 June by writing to: press@unvienna.org

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    For more information please contact:

    Romana Kofler
    United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4962
    Email: romana.kofler[at]unoosa.org