Italy and Israel sign accord for microgravity lab

Vega rocket to launch in 2019 with Israeli space module

30 January, 18:12

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, JANUARY 30 - On the sidelines of the Ilan Ramon conference in Tel Aviv on space, Italy and Israel signed an agreement to enable the creation of a joint micro-gravity laboratory. The announcement was made by the Italian embassy, which noted that - in February 2019 - there may be the launch from an Italian-produced Vega shuttle of a space module the size of an electric bicycle battery made by the Israel-based company SpacePharma.

    This will make it possible for four experiments to be conducted remotely from the Earth. The agreement was signed on Monday by the charges d'affaires of the Italian embassy in Israel, Gianmarco Macchia, and the Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, as well as the two countries' space agencies chiefs: Roberto Battiston and Avi Blasberger.

    The embassy said that the accord would serve to bring companies and scientific institutions together to take part in these experiments. It also noted that this is the latest result of a scientific, technological and industrial agreement between the two countries. (ANSAmed).

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