Minister Ruhama Avraham-Balila (Kadima), who heads the preparations for Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations, announced Sunday that Israel's next communication satellite – Amos-3 – will be launched into orbit carrying the official anniversary logo.
The satellite may also be renamed Amos-60 and painted in the Israeli flag colors of white and blue.
Scheduled to be launched in March, Amos-60 will take over for its elder brother, Amos-1, and will be launched out of Kazakhstan.
Manufactured by the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the satellite will cover the Middle East, Europe and the United States' East Coast.
The official anniversary logo (Photo: Arad Communications)
"Launching this satellite is a clear demonstration of Israel's technological might," Avraham told Yedioth Ahronoth. "The event will also commend those performing technological breakthroughs it Israeli history."
David Pollack, CEO of Spacecom Satellite Communications Company, which operates the AMOS Satellite system, said his company was "proud of the fact that the launch was incorporated in Israel's 60 anniversary celebrations and its salute to the men in charge of advancing Israeli technology."