A joint Russian-Israeli effort on nanosatellites

Small initiatives may lead to bigger ones. Israel is a “space power” but compared with Russia it is a very small one.

But the technologies developed in Israel, a country that entered the space business late compared with Russia, interest the giant.

This, in a way, led to Russian-Israeli co-operation on nanosatellites. An agreement signed in late May will lead to a first launch of a jointly developed nanosatellite in September 2012.

The agreement to establish a new entrepreneurial centre named RINI – Russian Israeli Nanosatellite Initiatives, was signed by the Tusur state university in Tomsk and two Israeli companies – Spacecialist and Astelion.

RINI plans to develop nanosatellites up to 10kg with the co-operation of the civilian space industries and academia in both countries.


Some Russian space industry companies have already expressed interest in the centre and intend to co-operate in RINI projects, including the joint Russian-Israeli launch in September 2012.


This co-operation is a small step, but Israeli sources say that the joint work of scientists from both countries will lead to more projects.

Israel develops and manufactures satellites and launchers.


“The fact that Israel joined the space business many years after Russia allows the different manufacturers to offer very advanced products based on the latest technology. This will, no question, create the basis for vast co-operation between the two space industries,” said an Israeli source.

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