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"Dokifat 3 proves that even under the threat of rockets and rockets it is possible to have quality scientific education" update on the success of the launch

  • towards The launch of the student satellite in the afternoon hours of Wednesday, according to director Dr. Meir Ariel, director of the Herzliya Science Center and director of the Center for Nano Satellites at Tel Aviv University, that the project in which students from Shaar HaNegev High School participate together with the students of the Science Center in Herzliya, and about the many satellites on the way which also involve high school students and include the Tel Aviv University satellites and the series of satellites initiated by the Ministry of Science

Update 11/12/19 time 15:00: Dokifat 3 satellite was successfully launched. Although in the first pass the students were not able to receive signals from it, but stations of radio amateurs all over the world were able to receive telemetry signals that showed that the satellite systems were in excellent condition. Extended article below

High school students assemble the Dokifat 3 satellite. Photo: Herzliya Science Center
High school students assemble the Dokifat 3 satellite. Photo: Herzliya Science Center

Tomorrow (Wednesday), five minutes before 12 noon, the student satellite Dokifat 3 will be launched from India. Dokifat 3 is the third satellite in the series of Israeli student satellites. The first of them, Duchifat 1, was a communication satellite that was launched five and a half years ago from Russia. Dokifat 2 was launched in 2017 by NASA to the International Space Station from where it was released and used for space research in a scientific project of the European Union and the third satellite is an observation satellite for ecological missions equipped with a camera and on-board algorithms for image processing, to detect sea and air pollution and ecological disasters. The Dokifat 3 satellite was built by the students of the Herzliya Science Center together with the Shaar HaNegev High School and with the support of Ben Gurion University, Tel Aviv University, the IKA Foundation and the Israel Space Agency. and under the supervision and guidance of the Herzliya Science Center.

The launch event will take place at the Herzliya Science Center, at Shaar HaNegev High School and at the launch site at Dorm India where a delegation of students who participated in the construction of the satellite arrived.

"The project proves that even under the threat of rockets and missiles it is possible to have quality scientific education." says Dr. Meir Ariel, Director of the Herzliya Science Center and Director of the Center for Nano Satellites at the University of Tel Aviv, in an interview with the scientist website.
One of the goals of the student nanosatellite building program is to create a new generation of scientists and engineers. We are already seeing the first generations of students among the graduates of Dokifat 1 who did a course in the elite technological units of the IDF and then reached the faculties of engineering and sciences in universities. A large part of them return and serve as mentors and guides at the science center and at the schools where they first experienced building a satellite."

Which satellites are currently under construction for launch?
Ariel: "The field of nano satellites in Israel is gaining momentum. Tel Aviv University has established a center for nano satellites that builds two satellites for monitoring the space environment called TAUSAT 1 and TAUSAT 2. The satellites are built with the support of the Ministry of Defense. Another program that is managed by the Herzliya Science Center across the country with the initiative and funding of the Israel Space Agency is called Tevel, and as part of it a fleet of eight satellites will be built in about 30 schools across the country.
"These satellites also incorporate groundbreaking scientific experiments in the fields of laser communication, but also serve as a platform for training students throughout the country to work in the space field and as a magnet for science and technology studies. "
It is worth noting that in all the scientific and technological projects managed at Tel Aviv University and the Herzliya Science Center, not only scientists, engineers and students participate, but also high school students."

Are you excited for the launch event?
Dr. Ariel: "Even though we are doing it for the third time, a satellite launch event is still exciting and exciting. The launch is expected to be five minutes before 12 noon and an hour and a half after the launch it will pass over Israel and then the students will try to make contact with it first. The first suit above the ground station is a critical moment in which it is determined whether the satellite was successful and it functions in space or, God forbid, it fails."

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