R & D

Yigal Harel

Yigal Harel

VP, Head of SpaceIL Spacecraft Program

Mr. Harel has gained over 20 years of professional experience in technology leadership positions in the Israeli defense industry and has spearheaded complex cutting-edge technological programs. Team of one such program, led by Mr. Harel, won Israel’s prestigious Defense Prize for its exclusive contribution to the security of the State of Israel. Mr. Harel has worked with world’s leading cooperates (Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, SAAB, etc.), thus bringing with him a broad global understanding and multidisciplinary overview of technological systems, processes and lifecycles.  With an Aerospace Engineering degree from Israel Institute of Technology, Mr. Harel is also the co-founder of SenStation Technologies Ltd.

Eran Shmidt

Eran Shmidt

Deputy Manager of SpaceIL Program
Head of SpaceIL Ground Segment

Eran is the Deputy Manager of SpaceIL spacecraft Program as well as the Head of the Ground Segment. Eran brings a wealth of experience in leading multi-displinary R&D & Operations units at global hi-tech companies in the Telecom industry. Eran thrives on new challenges and is able to work in multi-cultural environments with various organizations both local and overseas.  Eran brings a lot of knowledge and vast experience in project management in different organization structures and process. He graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a B.S.E.E (Dean’s List) and holds an MBA for Business Strategy (cum laude) from the Ono Academic College.

Alexander Friedman

Alexander Friedman

System Engineering  Manager

Born 1950 in Russia. Make alia  to Israel in1970 .Graduated M. Sc. In Applied Mathematics by Jerusalem Hebrew University. More than 35 years experience in satellites design. Major positions: founder and first Manager of System  Engineering  Department at MBT Space, System Engineering Manger of AMOS1,  AMOS2 and AMOS 3, LEOP Mission Manager of AMOS1 and AMOS 3, Satellites Systems Manager at Spacecom Ltd. Joint  SpaceIL at beginning of 2015

Yoav Landsman

Yoav Landsman

System Engineer

Yoav is a graduated aerospace engineer and holds a Masters in geophysics and planetary sciences. He gained his experience in engineering when he worked as a satellite chief systems engineer and as a satellite operations engineer for the Israeli Aerospace Industries. Yoav is also a talented lecturer, and talks about space technologies, sciences, history and future. He writes a blog and hosts a live internet show, both about space (in Hebrew).

Asaf Lewin

Asaf Lewin

Software Manager

Mr. Lewin has gained over 20 years of extensive multidisciplinary hands-on technological and entrepreneurship experience. Lewin Co-Founded Pickn’Tell, a cloud based retail SAAS platform, worked as CTO of m-wise Ltd [NASDAQ: MWIS.OB] an international leading technology provider of mobile SAAS for mobile operators and large media companies. Division manager at Elron Software [NASDAQ: ELRNF] real-time simulations and military systems, and as a Major in the Israeli air-force where he was responsible for all F16 avionics software. Recipient of the Israeli Chief of Air-Force Award of Excellence. Lewin holds a B.Sc Cum Laude from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Avihu Segal

Avihu Segal

Mechanical and Thermal team

Avihu Segal has a B.Sc in aeronautical engineering in the Technion. IAI pensioner. Has an experience of 42 years in aircraft and spacecraft structure design, systems mechanical integration and mechanical integration of spacecrafts. His last position in IAI was a group leader for the mechanical design of LEO satellites and project manager for all the mechanical aspects of those satellites. Responsible for the mechanical and thermal design of the spacecraft.

Tal Ben-Yaacov, M.Sc.

Tal Ben-Yaacov, M.Sc.

Head of Earth Flight Tests team

Tal holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology. His vast experience of almost thirty years in the field of aerospace includes: Flight Sciences engineering, technology infrastructure studies, prototyping, tests and managing various scale R&D technology projects.

Tomer Klein

Tomer Klein

System Engineer

System engineer with experience in the following fields: Design, development and integration of space based platforms and system, both Space and Ground segments (Nano-satellites); Design and development of C4I and Avionics products for Security & Defense and Commercial industries. Tomer is a B.Sc. Aerospace Eng. Graduate, from the Technion.

Ariel Gomez

Ariel Gomez

System Engineer

Ariel owned B.Sc from Jerusalem College of Technology(JCT) in 2003 and MBA from Ben Gurion University (BGU) in 2009. Ariel performed several positions of System Engineering in the R&D unit of Merkava IV tank development unit for the Ministry of Defense. From 2011 Ariel occupied the position of system engineer at Elbit group in the laser division development till 2016 before he joined the SpaceIL team for the Goole Lunar Xprize competition.

Agnes Levy Segal

Agnes Levy Segal

Navigation Engineer

Agnes holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from University Pierre and Marie Curie Paris, France and a Master degree in Mathematics. For 7 years she has been working at Onera the French aerospace lab on various space missions, as a research engineer in the fields of data analysis, trajectography and performance analysis. In 2013, Agnes moved to Israel and started to work at SpaceIL in the AOCS team as a navigation engineer.

Daniela Geron

Daniela Geron

Ground Segment System Engineer

Daniela holds a B.SC. in Physics and Astronomy from Tel Aviv University. From 2005 to 2016 she worked in the space field at ImageSat and has a vast experience in satellite operation, ground station system integration and space systems engineering. In December 2016 she joined SpaceIL as the Ground Segment System Engineer.

 
Noam Leiter

Noam Leiter

Control Engineer in the Attitude and Orbit Control System (AOCS) team

Graduated aerospace engineer, with an  M.Sc. in aerospace engineering at the distributed space systems laboratory (DSSL) at the Asher space research institute (ASRI), both at the Technion.

Dan Cohen

Dan Cohen

Head of landing site selection

Dan is a physicist with specialization in nuclear physics at the Hebrew University, expected MSc shortly. Dan has experience in developing simulations and models of ionized particles propagation In the framework of research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Currently he is working as a Researcher and project manager, developing an anti-matter particle accelerator, the first of its kind in Israel. Dan is now volunteers as part of the landing site selection team under mission analysis, and as a lecturer in the education department.