"This program made a dream come true for us from another and distant planet. I did not imagine that my friends and I from the Negev would build a satellite from scratch at the age of 17 and today it would circle the Earth 12 times a day, 2,000 km above the Earth's surface," said Amri Dinor, a graduate of the first batch of the Tev program "Students Build Satellites" led by the Israel Space Agency in the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology at a cost of approximately NIS 9 million.
"Today, I look at the team of tomorrow and am filled with envy for the crazy journey they are going to go through, which will put them on a different path of life, if you will - a different galaxy of life. This is a field where all the clichés are true - the sky is indeed not the limit," said Dinor, originally from Sderot, Currently volunteering in national service at the Israel Space Agency.
The opening event of the second cycle of the program took place at Tel Aviv University in the presence of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, MK Ofir Akunis, and with the participation of the director general of the ministry, Gadi Arieli, the deputy head of NASA, Robert (Bob) Cabana and the astronaut Victor Glover, who is scheduled to land On the moon in 2025.
TBL is a three-year program, in which high school students from the 10th to the 12th grade participate.
The students undergo full training to build a satellite, starting from the characterization, planning, programming, building the product stages, until launching it on a rocket of the Israel Space Agency's partners in the world.
The Tel Aviv satellites will contain a detector laboratory for measuring radiation in space, which was developed by the Sorek Nuclear Research Center, and whose purpose is radiation mapping in space.
The Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, MK Ofir Akunis said that he "commits to strengthening the accessibility of science to all citizens of Israel while focusing on our future generation".
The deputy head of NASA, Robert (Bob) Cabana told the students that NASA "appreciates the fact that you continue to remember Ilan Ramon and invest in the future of Israel's youth and in education for the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics."
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