Newsletter No. 2 Fall 2011

 

 

 Issue No. 2 Fall 2011                                                         

 

Dear Readers:

 

Recently, we have been involved with a number of crucial issues.  One has been  resulted from the publication of the International Atomic Energy Agency's report and the inherent discussions in Israel and around the world about Iran's nuclear program to develop nuclear weapons for warfare. 

 

The Fisher Institute, within the framework of our research in the field of space development, has been following these developments in Iran and their strategic implications for some time.

 

Iran is developing space technologies and capabilities that possess a direct correlation to the operational needs of military missile systems which Iran has been developing in the past and continues to do so today. 

 

The data regarding Iran's space technologies, capabilities and programs are vital in order to evaluate and understand its military nuclear capability.

 

We are just nearing completion of an indepth research study discussing the role of aerospace in asymmetrical conflicts.  There is no doubt that the relevance and importance of this subject has gained widespread interest in light of the challenges confronting us from Hamas, Hizbullah and others.

 

The end of the space shuttle era is a turning point in terms of space exploration.  Happily, the Fisher Institute was able to ensure that a number of experiments were conducted on the last two flights of the space shuttle, including an Israeli medical experiment which was conducted for the first time on the international space station. You can read about this experiment at greater length in this newsletter.   

 

Just recently, we also conducted the fourth annual conference on Civil Aviation in Israel which hosts leading experts in the field of aviation and safety in Israel and around the world.  We were pleased with the success of this conference, the positive feedback we received by civil aviation experts in Israel and the wide press coverage.

 

This conference is a joint event of the Fisher Institute and CAAI (Civil Avivation Authority In Israel). The conference is supported by Israel's civil aviation organizations, aerospace industriesand the Canadian Association for Aviation and Space in Israel (CAASI).  CAASI has become a major supporter of the Fisher Institute for which we are very grateful. Read more about the conference in the newsletter and on our website. 

 

We are now involved in preparations for the 7th Annual Ilan Ramon International Space Conference.   We are pleased with the many leading experts who will be participating.  This conference is jointly hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Israel Space Agency, Rona Ramon and the Ramon family. 

 

There is going to be a full week of activities related to space research.  We hope to harness the very same inspiration that guides scientists, astronauts and all those involved in space research to help enrich science and technology education among Israeli youth.

 

These events will be headed by the Ramon Foundation, and we hope that together we can achieve our goals.

 

We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter and look forward to your input and comments.

 

Thank-you,


Asaf Agmon

Head of the Institute

 


Mark These Important Conferences on Your Calendar

 

Nov. 9, 2011.   4th Annual Civil Aviation Conference.
Jan. 29, 2012.  The 7th Ilan Ramon International 

                         Space Conference.
May 22, 2012.  The 8th National Security Conference.

Nov. 7, 2012.    5th Annual Civil Aviation Conference.

 

 


 

New Publication

 

Iran's Space Programs:
  A Net Assessment

 

Head of the Fisher Institute's Space Research Center, Tal Inbar's special analysis of Iran's space programs, will soon be available to the international community via the Fisher Institute's website, press conference, and round table event.           Read more

 


 

A "Strategic Groundbreaker"


Under the aegis of Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Ephraim Segoli, Director of the Airpower & Asymmetric Conflict Research Center of the Fisher Institute, a two year research project on the centrality of air power in designing strategies for asymetrical conflicts was recently completed.  The assessments reached are surprising, and in a number of ways, "groundbreaking".       Read more  

 


  

 New Water Purification Technology 
For Earth and Outer Space

 

A biomedical water purification device developed by a research team headed by Eran Schenker, Director of the Aerospace Medicine Research Center at the Fisher Institute, joined the last Atlantis space shuttle flight on July 26, 2011, concluding a 26-year career.    Read more

 


 

Fisher Institute at the International
Astronautical Congress
 

 

The head of the space research center at the Fisher Institute, Tal Inbar, presented a paper at the prestigious 62nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), held in Capetown.      Read more

 


 

4th Annual Israel Civil
Aviation Conference

 

On November 9, 2011, the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies was privileged to host the Fourth Annual Israel Civil Aviation Conference, at the IAF Center in Herzliya. The conference focused on the issue of Safety in Aviation, both in Israel and around the world. Over 300 participants from Israel, USA and Europe gathered to hear presentations from global and Israeli experts on the latest developments in aviation, including such issues as trends in world regulation, improvements in safety based on analysis of accidents, and new directions for Israel’s industry.
 Read more  

 


 

 

New Digital Library

 

40,000 pages of History and Heritage of the Israel Air Force.  And that's just the beginning.    Read more 

 


 

 

Expanding Print and Film Library

 

The Fisher Institute's Print and Film Library is continually expanding  with new publications, books, articles and films.    Read more    

 


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New Water Purification Technology -- For Earth and Outer Space

A biomedical water purification device recently developed by a research team headed by Eran Schenker, Director of the Aerospace Medicine Research Center at the Fisher Institute, joined the last Atlantis space shuttle flight which concluded its 26-year career on July 21, 2011. 

 

Working in collaboration with Haim Wilder, vice president of research and development of Strauss Water, and Prof. Eyal Shimoni, chief scientist of Strauss Group, Schenker and his team developed a device designed to purify 100% of water by effectively removing bacteria and viruses from polluted water.

 

“It may be possible that in the near future, astronauts will not have to throw contaminated water into space,” according to Schenker.  The results from this last space shuttle flight, where the new technology was tested out, are now being analyzed by the research and development team.

 

Use of this device is not exclusively for astronauts or outer space.  The technology can have wide applications in places where public water systems might not be safe for drinking out of the tap.  In fact, it is already undergoing testing in various parts of China to see if the technology can effectively maintain high levels of water purification.

 

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A "Strategic Groundbreaker"

Under the aegis of Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Ephraim Segoli, Director of the Airpower & Asymmetric Conflict Research Center of the Fisher Institute, a two year research project on the centrality of air power in designing strategies for asymetrical conflicts was recently completed.  The assessments reached are surprising, and in a number of ways, "groundbreaking". 

 

Over a two year period a five man team of experts, including Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Ephraim Segoli of the Fisher Institute, Dr. Ido Hecht, lecturer in many of the IDF's institutions, Rafi Rudnick leading researcher from  The Dado Center, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Dr. Dov Tamari and Col. (Ret.) Ofer Ness examined six different case studies of asymetrical conflicts conducted by American, British and Israeli forces.

 

Their new research study --  The Centrality of Air Power in Asymetrical Conflicts" -- will be groundbreaking for military strategists. It contends that not only should airpower be used in a campaign, but in fact, from the very outset, it should have a central role in the strategic planning of a campaign.

 

"Without question," Ephraim Segoli of the Fisher Institute contends "the air force must be an integral part of strategic planning in any type of conflict from the outset.  Consider this: the air force is where most new technological advances are taking place within the military, and they are the only ones who have a contiguous view of the entire battlefield.  As such, their role is central, both in planning and on the battlefield."

 

Upon publication of the research study, the Fisher Institute will follow up with a series of lectures.

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4th Annual Israel Civil Aviation Conference

On November 9, 2011, the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies was privileged to host the Fourth Annual Israel Civil Aviation Conference, at the IAF Center in Herzliya. The conference focused on the issue of Safety in Aviation, both in Israel and around the world. Over 300 participants from Israel, USA and Europe gathered to hear presentations from global and Israeli experts on the latest developments in aviation, including such issues as trends in world regulation, improvements in safety based on analysis of accidents, and new directions for Israel’s industry.


 

The conference was opened by Brig. General (Res.) Asaf Agmon, Head  of the Fisher Institute. Luis Fonseca De Almeida, regional director for Europe and the North Atlantic of the ICAO, informed the audience on trends in global aviation regulation. Recalling that his organization requires a consensus of its 191 member states, Fonseca identified growth as the biggest challenge to the civil aviation industry, given that by 2030, the number of passengers worldwide will increase from 2.5 million to 5 million per year. At the same time, he identified this field as having the potential to help create friendship and understanding among nations and people of the world.


 

Giora Romm, Director General of Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority, gave an update on recent activities in the area of regulations, focusing on safety as the “name of the game.” The CAAI’s chief goal this past year has been to fulfill the FAA requirements for restoring Israel’s safety status to category 1. To this end, the CAAI composed the 2011 aviation law, and succeeded in passing the law in Israel’s Knesset. As part of the process, the CAAI has been responsible for writing over 900 new regulations, and over 1000 aviation personnel passed the English proficiency test, which was administered in “the most organized manner possible in the Western world.” Finally, Romm noted the CAAI added 70 new staff members, a move which has updated his organization with a younger profile.


Kobi Mor, Director of the Israel Airport Authority, surveyed developments in Israel’s airports throughout his four years in this position. The major accomplishment at Ben Gurion airport has been the construction of the new Terminal 3 runway, at a cost of 863 million NIS. The aircraft control tower was moved and a new one was constructed. Moreover, a new state-of-the-art safety equipment was purchased. Over 50 new controllers were hired and trained, for a total investment in security improvements of 2.3 billion NIS. Looking ahead, Ben Gurion Airport will soon be able to double its capacity, from 25 daily takeoffs and landings today to 50 by 2013. Mor also surveyed the debate over the two proposed locations for a new airport to expand Israel’s overall capacity—Nevatim in the south, preferred by the aviation experts, versus Megiddo in the north. Plans for transferring the Eilat airport to its new location at Timna are now complete, and construction is expected to begin soon.

 

The conference included detailed presentations on several recent aviation accidents, focusing on the errors involved and lessons learned for future improvement of flight safety.

 

The Air France 447 accident (2009) was covered by Olivier Ferrante, senior investigator at the Office of the Chief Investigator of France, and Paul Nelson, leader of the underwater recovery group for Phoenix International.

Other accidents addressed were that of Polish president Lech Kaczynski (April 2010) and Air India Express in Mangalore, India (May 2010). Human error was noted as a significant factor in all the accidents discussed, and the presenters focused on the need for new regulations as well as improved equipment and training in order to increase safety throughout the industry.


 

Additional sessions focused on the present situation in general aviation in Israel, and the future of Israel’s commercial aviation industry. Presenters addressed the need to create better conditions to enable Israel’s commercial airlines to compete successfully in the aggressive global market.
 

To get full program details 

 

 


New Digital Library: 40,000 pages of History and Heritage of the Israel Air Force, and that's just the beginning.

 

The Information Center and LIbrary of Fisher Brothers Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies just launched its new digital library. www.fisherlibrary.org.il

 

The digital library is designed for aviation enthusiasts and youth interested in learning more about Israeli Air Force traditions.  

 

A steering committee including Gen. (ret.) Dan Tolkovsky, Maj. Gen (ret.) Shaike Bareket, Lt. Col. (ret.) Ido Imbar, Lt. Col.  Moti Chavakuk Head of the History Department of the Israel Air Force  and Director of the Center, Lt. Col. (ret.) Amos Cohen coordinated efforts for this massive undertaking. 

 

Thanks to funding largely from former Israel Air Force officers, the library, carries 40,000 pages and 200 IAF magazines from 1948-1997.  

 

The digital library is being updated on an ongoing basis and will also include materials in English. 

 

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Expanding Print and Film Library

The Fisher Institute's Print and Film Library is continually expanding with new publications, books, articles and films being added.  A small sampling:

 ** New books including publications by the Australian Air Force's Air Power Development Center
 ** Films: "Meet foreign volunteers who helped Israel"; ; "The Story About the Dimona Nuclear Plant"; "20 Years Since the 'Moshe Campaign' -- Bringing Ethiopian Jews to Israel"; "B17 During the Second World War"; "Hammers Israel's Long-Range Heavy Bomber Arm: The Story of Squadron 69"
 ** Collections of articles by Second Line of Defense

Send Inquiries to:  amos.cohen@gmail.com

 

 

These Important Conferences on Your Calendar

Nov. 9, 2011.  4th Annual Civil Aviation Conference.

Jan. 29, 2012.  The 7th Ilan Ramon International Space Conference.

May 22, 2012.  The 8th National Security Conference.

Nov. 7, 2012.  5th Annual Civil Aviation Conference.

 

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Fisher Institute at the International Astronautical Congress 
The head of the space research center at the Fisher Institute, Tal Inbar, presented a paper at the prestigious 62nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), held in Capetown.  The IAC, under the aegis of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), has been held every year since 1950.

 

The IAC is a professional forum widely attended by representatives from the space industry, space users, space policy makers, students, young professionals, researchers and academicians, who are dedicated to advancing and dispersing knowledge about space.

 

The Fisher Institute for Air and Apace Strategic Studies has applied for  membership in the International Astronautical Federation.

 

 

 

Iran's Space Programs:  A Net Assessment

Head of the Fisher Institute's Space Research Center, Tal Inbar's special analysis of Iran's space programs, will soon be available to the international community via the Fisher Institute's website, press conference, and round table event. 

 

The world has been investigating and studying Iranian Nuclear and Missile projects for many years. The space projects of the Islamic republic however, are not covered regularly by think tanks and research centers, despite their close relations to the military projects of Iran.  The Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies offers an innovative and vitally needed special research initiative: The Iranian Space Programs: net assessment project.

 

Since 2009 Iran is a member of the exclusive "space Club" – the nine nations that possess the capability to build, launch and operate satellites. As of early 2011, the Fisher Institute's experts have been able to identify at least 13 different satellites programs in Iran, as well as three launch vehicles and dozens of national laboratories, technical centers and alike.

 

For further information, contact: Tal Inbar: talinbar@fisherinstitute.org.il

 

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