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August 25th, 2015

Israeli Youth Participate In A Satellite Building Contest

[SatNews] The next generation of Israeli aeronautic innovation is reaching new heights in 2015.

The Science, Technology and Space Ministry, in conjunction with the Israel Space Agency, are holding a model satellite building competition for Israeli youth. The contest, which started on July 23, culminates on August 30 and encourages youngsters aged 12 to 15 to construct a prototype satellite and present an idea for an original mission for then orbiting-intended device.

The concept of the contest, held under the framework of the "Space Ambassadors" program, was elected in light of Israel's increasing reliance on satellites and nano-satellites. The competition will award two stellar victors, who will undergo astronautic training in Israel and will also participate in NASA's elite space camp that is held every summer at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for exceptional youth from around the world.

So far, some 20 applicants have submitted video entries via ISA's Facebook page presenting their devices. More submissions are expected to come in at the last minute as various participants likely want to conceal their concepts from competitors, a ministry spokeswoman told The Jerusalem Post. As part of their prize, the winning duo will also meet with astronauts during the 66th International Astronautical Congress, which will take place in Jerusalem this October. In addition, the ISA will appoint the pair as representatives to Israeli youth in the fields of space and satellites.

Story is courtesy of The Jerusalem Post.