In 2010, the budget of the Israel Space Agency was increased to US million to boost the agency's space activities in research and development.
The budget does not include launch vehicle development and most satellite programs.
The program included timelines, planning for a ground station, budget estimates, and personnel requirements.
The primary goal was to develop a satellite program without relying on any foreign know-how, to allow flexibility and creativity.
The first satellite, the EROS A, was launched on December 5, 2000 from Svobodny Launch Complex using a Russian Start-1.
In 1984 the National Space Knowledge Center was established in cooperation with Israel Aircraft Industries; a contract was signed between IAI and Ministry of Defence for the development of the needed infrastructure and of Israel's first observation satellite.Following political tension with Egypt and Syria, reconnaissance flights became evermore difficult.