Cooperation in Space Between Europe and Israel in Light of the Recent ESA-ISA Agreement
The beginning of 2011 will be remembered as a period of significant political relations’ warming between the state of Israel and Europe. One of the symbols of this trend was the Cooperation Agreement that was signed between ESA and the Israeli Space Agency (ISA) on 30 January 2011. This outcome was the fortunate culmination of earlier contacts and discussions started in 2007, which the Israeli space community hopes may eventually “open the door” to full ESA membership. It is expected that cooperation between Europe and Israel on agreed missions could benefit both parties by complementing their capabilities, satisfying their needs, sharing their development costs, and mutually improving their technological know-how and industrial efficiency. Since the signing of the agreement, ESA experts and their Israeli counterparts have been jointly identifying areas of mutual interest, notably in the field of space science and exploration, followed by reciprocal introductory meetings and a comprehensive survey of the Israeli space industry and technology basis, currently conducted by ESA.
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This chapter is dedicated to the so few, owed by so many: the pioneers and the first leaders of the Israeli “space odyssey”, the very small but very qualitative and dedicated Israeli Space Community members. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Deganit Paikowsky, Academic Director and Fellow at the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, Tel Aviv University. Last but not least, I would like to thank my supporting and loving family and especially my wife Orna, for her encouragement and patience.