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Israel successfully launched into space Wednesday a new nanosatellite, the first for Israeli academia, that will conduct scientific missions for Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

BGUSAT is the result of a five-year joint project between BGU, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) and Israel’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Space.

The satellite, 10x10x30 centimeters (4x4x12 inches) — a little larger than a milk carton — and weighing just five kilograms (11 lbs), is outfitted with innovative cameras that can photograph a large array of weather phenomena and a guidance system that allows operators to choose the areas to research through a dedicated ground station at BGU. Researchers will be able to position the satellite to take a variety of pictures from different angles.

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Installing the satellite dish that will receive the data transmitted from BGUSAT and send it to the ground station at Ben-Gurion University's Earth and Planetary Image Facility, March 2016. (Dani Machlis/BGU)

Installing the satellite dish that will receive the data transmitted from BGUSAT and send it to the ground station at Ben-Gurion University’s Earth and Planetary Image Facility, March 2016. (Dani Machlis/BGU)

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http://www.timesofisrael.com/first-israeli-research-nanosatellite-launches-from-india/

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