About the Project

The Herzliya Science Center satellite project is one of the key projects of the Herzliya municipality and the Israel Space Agency (ISA).

The project participants, high school students in grades nine to twelve, construct satellites and take part in the R & D processes, analyses, simulations, tests and even business development and public relations, which is very similar to what takes place in the professional industry.

Today, the project is considered a valid part of bagrut diploma, which gives the students an edge when applying for different academic institutions.

The project's structure is simple, yet successful. All students are divided into teams according to the different systems in the satellite, such as: communications, software, Electric Power System (EPS), Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS), thermal analysis, system engineering and more.

Each group is assigned a professional instructor from the space industry who guides the team by providing them with advice and help if necessary.

Within the teams there are sub-teams who work on the various aspects of the satellite, such as the software team which inlcudes the Attitude Determination and Control System software team, communication software team and others.

The project began with the development of the satellite named Duchifat-1, which was launched in 2014.

The project's second satellite, Hoopoe, is set to be launched in the beginning of April. Currently the students are working on the project's third satellite, Duchifat-3. Another project currently being worked on is Inklajn, a satellite originally developed by INSA.

Within the project the students collaborate with people from all around Israel, an example of which is the Israel 70 project, a project promoting space education for young people all across the country.