Interview: Opher Doron, general manager, IAI space division

by Peter B. de Selding

PONTE VEDRA, Florida — The Aug. 1 launch by Europe’s Vega rocket of two satellites — one a high-resolution optical satellite for the Italian Defense Ministry, the other a French-Israeli environmental-science spacecraft — offers a once-in-a-generation showcase for IAI, the prime contractors for both satellites.

IAI for years has been trying to get a foothold in the export market for telecommunications and Earth observation satellites, so far with not much success. But the Israeli government and Israel’s ImageSat commercial geospatial imagery provider provide a domestic offer support for . . .

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