It is from here that the Shavit satellite launch vehicle is deployed. Due-west launches over the Mediterranean are required to avoid overflying Arab countries, resulting in unique orbital inclinations (142°–144°) and direction. Launches are also limited to retrograde orbits because of range safety restrictions.
Palmachim Air Force Base was built by the IDF/AF in the 1970s, originally as a test site for missiles conducted by 151 Squadron.
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