Israel is known as a world leader in the satellite industry.
Ofeq satellites were the first mini- satellites to be developed in the 200-300 kg range, and Israel is one of the 12 countries in the world with independent launching capabilities.
The Israeli space industry has also significantly developed its installed equipment capabilities (e.g. cameras, radar, command and control systems, etc.), as well as developing satellites and launching systems.
The capabilities that Israel has developed make it a leader in nano-satellite technology, just as it was a leader in mini-satellite technology in the early years of the industry.
The Samson project, let by Israeli scientists, is the first attempt to launch to space a three Nano-Satellite structure that will orbit in formation in the world. Furthermore, Israel plans to launch to space 70 Nano-Satellites that will fly in formation to mark its 70th independence day in 2018. The satellites are being built by Israel's leading science high-schools, universities and research institutes in collaboration with IAI, the Ministry Of Science, Technology and pace and the IDF.
The Israel Space Agency cooperates with many space organizations around the world, including its cooperation agreements with both NASA and ESA. Among the reasons the Israeli space and satellite industry is a global pioneer in small satellite technologies are the fact that it features high-quality human resources and highly effective work processes, the fact it is supported by Israeli cutting-edge academic activities, and that it constantly interacts with the renowned world-leading Israeli hi-tech sector.