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UN, Israel agree to apply Israeli space tech to disaster zones

The United Nations’ Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) signed a cooperation agreement with Israel to use the country’s satellite technology to save lives following natural disasters and in space emergencies.

The agreement was signed during the 58th session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna, Austria. According to the agreement, Israel will apply its satellite technology, namely the Earth observation satellite ‘OPTSAT 2000’, to gather information on issues of environmental protection, water management, urban planning, humanitarian assistance following natural disasters and more.

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