Israel is playing a leading role in space innovation, as well as photonics. Read up on these news items and more below.

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Nanosatellite built by Israeli high-schoolers blasts into space

‘Duchifat-2,’ a joint venture by dozens of high school students from around the country, will study the lower thermosphere. Read more.

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The world’s eyes are on Israel for photonics innovations

In the early 1970s, when physicist Abraham Katzir was a graduate student at Hebrew University, his supervisor urged him to get into optics, the study of light. The future, he predicted, was all about lasers and optical fibers. Read more.

Israeli startups push crowdfunding as investment in Israel

Funding platforms like OurCrowd and iAngels — which require relatively low minimum investments and supply easy access to pre-vetted Israeli startups — are making Israeli industry much more accessible to Jews outside Israel. Read more.

Microsoft reportedly to acquire Israeli cloud monitoring startup Cloudyn for around $60 million

Microsoft is lining up a bid to buy Israeli cloud-monitoring and analytics startup Cloudyn in a deal thought to be worth between $50-$70 million, according to a report (in Hebrew) in local Israeli business publication the Calcalist. Read more.


News Nuggets

  • Israeli MRI company Aspect Imaging raises $30M (Globes)
  • Israeli company MeMed wins $9.2M Pentagon contract (Globes)
  • Israeli cloud security company Dome9 raises $16.5M (NoCamels)
  • Israeli tech prevents ads from funding terror websites (Jerusalem Post)
  • SeatGeek raises $57 million, acquires Israeli ticketing software company TopTix for $56 million (VentureBeat)

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