Prof. Dan Bloomberg has been appointed Chairman of the Israel Space Agency
The Minister of Innovation, Orit Farkash HaCohen, has appointed Prof. Bloomberg to chair the Israel Space Agency in the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology.
Monday, 04 July 2022, 09:56
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The Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, Orit Farkash HaCohen, announced today (Monday) the appointment of Prof. Dan Bloomberg to the position of Chairman of the Advisory Committee to the Israel Space Agency in the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology. The appointment was approved by the Ministry of Justice.
Bloomberg is Vice President of Regional and Industrial Development at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, holds a Ph.D.
The appointment to the position, which is voluntary, was made in accordance with the government's decision on the subject, which stipulates that the chairman of the Israel Space Agency is required to be a reputable scientist in the field of space.
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Prof. Dan Bloomberg (Photo: Danny Machlis)
The Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, Orit Farkash-Hacohen: "Thank you to Professor Itzik Ben Israel for his many years of service as Chairman of the Space Agency, and his contribution to the Agency and the advancement of the civil space industry.
I wish success to Professor Dan Bloomberg, Chairman of the Incoming Space Agency, who will work with the Agency's Director Uri Oron to further promote the industry that is undergoing a commercial revolution with the potential to change reality. Good luck! "
Prof. Dan Bloomberg, Chairman of the Elected Israeli Space Agency: "The State of Israel is a member of a small and prestigious team of countries that have access to space.
Just as the state knew how to leverage other issues, there is no doubt that this area will also be translated into economic and social growth.
It is a great honor for me to fulfill this role, and I would like to express my appreciation for the tremendous work of Prof. Yitzhak Ben-Israel. "
Minister Orit Farkash HaCohen (Photo: Government Press Office, Haim Tzach)
Prof. Dan Bloomberg is Vice President of Regional and Industrial Development at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in the field of planetary geology.
He heads the Remote Sensing and Planetary Imaging Laboratory, which serves as one of NASA's regional laboratories. For the aerospace industry for the construction of BGUSAT, an Israeli nano-satellite that is still moving in space and serves as a member of the International Academy of Astronautics.
The Israeli Space Agency in the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology initiates, leads and coordinates the civilian space activity in Israel.
The agency supports research and scientific development with real economic potential, such as the development of unique and innovative technologies, based on the perception that the use of space contributes to the Israeli economy, positioning the world and welfare of residents in aspects of agriculture, communications, environmental pollution monitoring and research.
The Agency works to expand collaborations and interactions with various countries in the field of space, promoting infrastructure research in academia and research institutes;
Investment in startup companies that develop various components for the space industries in Israel and around the world;
Development and construction of satellites for civilian purposes and support for the development of innovative and unique space technologies in the space industries;
Nurturing the reserve of future scientists in space exploration through space education and community projects and strengthening the connection of children, girls and youth to the space field so that they can satisfy the great natural curiosity that the field arouses and deepen their knowledge and interest.