IAI is Developing and Building Nano-Satellites in Cooperation with INSA
In addition to the innovative and technological achievements involved in the development of nano-satellites, the main reason for their existence is to minimize the risk of large space missions and save expense.
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Nano-satellites use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components which allows a significant reduction in the cost and duration of satellite development, typically about one-hundredth of the cost, and less than half the time, for that required for large satellites.
The InKlajn-1 nano-satellite, owned by the Israeli Nano-Satellites Association (INSA) is currently in its integration phase. It contains seven scientific and commercial experiments, where the behavior of terrestrial components is to be tested in space.
In this nano-satellite project, teams of engineers and technicians are using experience gained while working on IAI's range of observation and communication satellites. The combination of IAI's know-how and INSA's passion for nano-satellites creates both a synergy and an optimal base for future expansion of this field. Integration of additional nano-satellites is being examined at IAI.
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Source : Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.