Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday congratulated the developers of the Israeli Amos IV satellite, which successully took off on Saturday night from the Zenit launching pad in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Israel Aerospace Industries and the Spacecom Satellite Communications Ltd. for the successful launch of the Amos IV satellite," said a statement from Netanyahu. "There are very few countries in the world that can congratulate themselves on such an achievement. As prime minister, I and the ministers here are very proud."
The Amos IV launch was scheduled to end in the early hours of Sunday, when the satellite disconnects from the final part of its launcher. It will take two weeks to reach its designated orbital position at a height of 36,000 kilometers.