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Florida Couple Pledges $1 Million for Pico-Satellite Development at BGU’s Homeland Security Institute

Florida Couple Pledges $1 Million for Pico-Satellite Development at BGU’s Homeland Security Institute

June 6, 2012

Press Releases, Robotics & High-Tech

BOCA RATON, June 6, 2012 –American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) has received a $1 million pledge from an anonymous Boca Raton couple to support the pico-satellite program of the Homeland Security Institute at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).

The $1 million contribution will enable BGU scientists to expand Israel’s space research and security program through the development of BGUSAT. This program will culminate in an actual launch of two pico-satellites carrying imaging, communication and GPS technologies. 

BGU is a major partner in the effort to increase Israel’s access to space and boost its “eyes in the sky.” Important findings will be gained through this research — from the design and production of the satellites and the development of the new technologies to be carried by them, to the factors surrounding their launch, and their role in space and in the defense of Israel.  In addition, it will position Israel’s abilities to play a role in homeland security’s growing international market by exporting its innovative technology to the U.S. and other allies. 

“BGU’s Homeland Security Institute, the only one of its kind in Israel and only one of a few in the world, is researching and developing technologies to protect Israel from attacks originating on land, at sea or from the sky,” explains Doron Krakow, executive vice president of AABGU. “This very generous donation will provide significant resources for the BGUSAT program and momentum for BGU’s Homeland Security Institute.”

In addition to satellite development, innovative research is being conducted at the Institute to safeguard Israel’s “virtual environment” with a focus on cyber security and telecommunications. Other applications being developed include driverless jeeps that patrol borders; small helicopters equipped with imaging equipment that can take off and land on a moving vehicle; robots for search and rescue missions; and high-resolution scanning and sensing technologies that make it easier to identify targets.  The Institute also provides trauma training and disaster simulation programs, as well as disaster response workshops.

The Homeland Security Institute expects to produce applied research that will reach beyond the walls of academia to defend Israel and keep its citizens and friends around the world safe.

About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. Activities include showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research through educational programs, events and informative communications. AABGU’s main purpose is to support Ben-Gurion’s vision and the university that bears his name by creating a community of Americans committed to improving the world tomorrow from the heart of the Israeli desert today.

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