Israel and the United States announced an agreement of cooperation on Monday to track and prevent collisions between satellites in orbit.The US will give Israel 96 hours warning on potential collisions.
Israel joined other countries which already singed the agreement US Strategic Command (USSTATCOM) including 49 commercial entities in 18 countries such Germany, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Korea, France, Canada, Italy, Japan and Australia, and two international organizations, the European Space Agency and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites.
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Under the terms of the agreement, known as the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) data-sharing agreement, the two countries will have an agreed coordination mechanism and arrangements that will ensure safety in spaceflight operations.
Israel launched its first satellite, Ofek 1, in 1988. Last one in 2014, when Israel launched Ofek 10 spy satellite. This ability is making Israel the seventh country to achieve full capability to build and launch satellites into space. Only 12 such countries do it, including Israel, the United States, Russia, China, France, Italy, Britain, India, South Korea, Japan, Ukraine and Iran.