Israel has completed the development of a new satellite launch vehicle (SLV) and will use it to launch a limited version of its Ofeq reconnaissance satellite during 2007.The SLV, the name of which has not been disclosed, is an improvement of the previous Shavit three-stage, solid-propellant launcher. While the Shavit is reportedly capable of placing a 300 kg payload in orbit, Jane's has learned that the new SLV could launch a 350 kg payload into retrograde orbit and 500 kg when launching eastward
[Jane's Defence Weekly - first posted to http://jdw.janes.com - 25 January 2007]
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