Date

Satellite CDR completed

ULTRASAT satellite Critical Design Review took place on April 11-14, 2022. 
The CDR meeting was attended by members of the ULTRASAT Project office, IAI, Elbit/Elop, DESY and NASA. Pending the completion of several action items, the CDR will be approved in the upcoming weeks.
 

Date

Payload CDR completed

ULTRASAT Payload Critical Design Review took place on January 10-13, 2022. 
The CDR meeting was attended by members of the ULTRASAT Project office, Elbit/Elop, DESY, IAI and NASA. Pending the completion of several action items, the CDR will be approved in the upcoming weeks.
 
Date

Camera CDR completed

ULTRASAT Camera Critical Design Review took place on October 25-27, 2021 at DESY in Zeuthen. The CDR meeting was attended by members of the ULTRASAT Project Office, DESY, IAI, Elbit/Elop, NASA, STA, and Tower. Pending the completion of several action items, the CDR was successfully approved in December 2021. Congrats!

Date

CaF2 blanks

CaF2 blanks with a diameter of ~400mm have been supplied to the lens manufacturer following radiation hardness test. Lens figuring and polishing will start by the end of 2021. In addition, initial UV optimized AR coatings have been measured on test samples - with typical refraction efficiency of >98.5% across ULTRASAT UV band.

Date

Flight sensors produced

The flight BFI wafers production completed at Tower, and shipped to aSpect for testing, sorting and dicing.

Date

Working together

The Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) and the Israel Space Agency (ISA) recently agreed to initiate work on the project this coming September; in parallel they are conducting an effort to secure the budget for the entire project. This agreement was reached just as the German DESY Research Center of the Helmholtz Association pledged its support and cooperation for the initiative. Negotiations are also under way for the participation of ESA and NASA. The project is expected to cost some $70 M over a projected four years of detailed planning, construction and launch.
Press release

January 17, 2022

Payload CDR completed

ULTRASAT Payload Critical Design Review took place on January 10-13, 2022.

The CDR meeting was attended by members of the ULTRASAT Project office, Elbit/Elop, DESY, IAI and NASA. Pending the completion of several action items, the CDR will be approved in the upcoming weeks.