C3IEL: Cluster for Cloud Evolution, Climate and Lightning

A group from ASRI won in January 2020 an ISA tender to build the optical payload for a joint French-Israeli Earth-observing mission C3IEL: Cluster for Cloud evolution, Climate and Lightning. 
C3IEL - a bi-national project with leading scientists from various Israeli universities - is to provide, for the first time, new insights into cloud dynamics through simultaneous observations from a dozen or more angles. 

ADELIS-SAMSON Successfully Completes Thermal Bakeout Test

The flight model of the ADELIS-SAMSON nanosatellite was placed in the ASRI vacuum chamber facility, and heated to 50 deg for 24 hours (“bakeout”) in order to examine the amount of mass loss due to outgassing. The satellite successfully passed the test, with a mass loss significantly smaller than required (<0.1%).

Adelis-SAMSON Satellite Antennae Deployment Test

A clip showing a successful UHF/VHF antennae deployment experiment of the Adelis-SAMSON project prior to launch, held recently at ASRI. Showing is the mechanical process enabling the operation of antennae for the uplink and downlink communication systems.

Visit of Aeronautics Technology Institute of Brazil (ITA)

ITA is a prestigious Engineering and Technology school in Brazil.

The goal of this visit is to establish a collaboration with the Technion in the area of Space Systems, specifically Micro Satellites.


JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) visits ASRI

Prof. Hitoshi Kuninaka, Director General, Mr. Yoshio Tokaku, Director for International Strategy and Coordination, and Prof. Ryu Funase from the JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), visited ASRI. 

Dr. Tao Nie rejoins ASRI, as a Post-Doctoral fellow

Dr. Tao Nie comes back to ASRI to assume a post-doctoral position, after completing his Ph.D. studies at Harbin Institute of Technology. Dr. Tao was previously a visiting Ph.D. student at Technion under the supervision of Prof. Gurfil.

Operation of Wall-less Hall Effect Micro-thruster (Wall-less HEMT)

Propellant: Xenon, Power: 3 – 30 W

Micro-thruster is intended for installing in nanosatellites with the aim to compensate atmospheric drag in low orbits, keeping a required distance between nanosatellites in the constellation and performing other operations in space.

Nadav Mailhot won 1st prize for Masters category in the Annual Graduate Studies Research Day

The Annual Graduate Studies Research Day took place on March 27th, 2019, at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. Best posters by M.Sc. students and Ph.D. students were chosen by a committee, and the crowd picked its favorite.

The Indo Israel - Student Satellite Project 2022

On Feburary 13th, a delegation from Indian universities visited ASRI as part of the Indo Israel - Student Satellite Project 2022. They got a tour of all of ASRI's laboratories and heard a talk from ASRI director, Prof. Pini Gurfil, about the SAMSON project.

Prof. Gurfil interviewed about his talk at the 2018 Genova Science Festival

To watch the interview, click here.