by Doris Strub Epstein
Space and space exploration are the next frontier. When it comes to aerospace expertise, Israel is one of the world’s leaders. It is close to being the third country ever, to land a space craft on the moon. Yet, with all the emphasis on Israel’s renowned technology and innovation, its air and space, cutting edge technology is not well known.
On April 12, the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research will present a gala luncheon/conference featuring Tal Inbar, head of Space Research Centre, Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies in Israel. He will give an inside view of Israel’s unique space program, from the necessities of national security in the turbulent Middle East, through the current start up nation initiatives of the space sector, to the challenges of the future, including entrepreneurial space activities in the international arena.
In Israel, space and national security go hand in hand. Inbar will speak about new developments as applied to the civilian market as well as in the security field , which has a direct impact on today’s Middle East and the rest of the world. Among other far-reaching, critical issues of our day, he will comment on Iranian capabilities in space.
Israel’s space industry started from nothing in the seventies. Today, its four high resolution surveillance space satellites, positions the country in second place after the US.
Drone technology proliferated rapidly after 9/11. Today Israel is the world leader in exporting drones and drone technology abroad.. Currently, only Israel, the US and the UK have drones with the most advanced features. Global investment in that technology is expected to nearly double over the next decade, from $6.6 billion to $11.4 billion. The state owned Israeli Aerospace Industries has exported the technology to Russia, Mexico and Nigeria, among others.
Once the exclusive domain of the US and Israel, drones have become cheaper to produce. An estimated 70 countries possess drone technology. Systems to defend against them must be in place. Israel is in the forefront to detect and destroy the technology that they first developed 40 years ago.
Besides Israeli innovations and advances in aerospace, you will hear about new opportunities in the civilian market as well as in the security field. Options for collaborative projects between Israel and Canada will be raised.
The conference is dedicated to the memory of Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, who perished in the Columbia disaster of 2003. A documentary of his life story of will be shown.
CIJR will present a similar event at the 28th fundraising dinner in Montreal later in the week, on Thursday, April 14th.
CIJR, is a unique, independent and internationally recognized, Montreal and Toronto based, academic think tank. It is dedicated to bringing objective, up to date analysis of Israel, the Middle East and Jewish world related issues, directly and quickly to students and university campuses, to the Jewish and non Jewish communities and to the media and government. CIJR’s lecturers and seminar leaders are leading experts in their fields, nationally and internationally. Proceeds from the gala benefit will go to support CIJR’s important work and initiatives.
ISRAEL IN SPACE: TECHNOLOGY, ECONOMY, SECURITY , will be held Tuesday April 12, 11:30 to 2 pm, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 370 King St. West. Registration deadline April 5. General admission, $180; seniors (above 65) $90; young adults (up to 30) $90; students free. Information, tickets and sponsorships, email [email protected] Tel: 1 855 303 5544 . Register online at http://www.isranet.org/event.