Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is building and integrating nano-satellites for scientific applications. Such nano-satellites typically weigh less than 10 kg and are commonly used to demonstrate new technologies and execute space missions having a short duration, of typically up to two years.
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.
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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