The ASRI team has completed integrating the ADELIS-SAMSON satellites in ASRI's clean room facility. The satellites will run through a series of environmental tests prior to the upcoming launch.
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. 
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%).
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.
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.  
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 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.