Israel Set to Land Spacecraft on Moon in Historic First

SpaceX запустит израильскую станцию на Луну

SpaceX запустит израильскую станцию на Луну

That 20 Million competition challenged the private companies to try to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon.

"After eight challenging years, I am filled with pride that the first Israeli spacecraft, which is in its final construction and testing phases, will soon be making its way to the moon", Kahn said. "When the rocket is launched into space, we will all remember where we were when Israel landed on the moon".

According to one of the entrepreneurs who support the project, the Jewish philanthropist Morris Khan, the investment made in the important Israeli project is at least $95 million.

"This project will take the aerospace industry into deep space", said Kahn, SpaceIL's main donor and president.

Josef Weiss, IAI CEO said, "As one who has personally brought the collaboration with SpaceIL to IAI, I regard the launch of the first Israeli spacecraft to the moon as an example of the awesome capabilities one can reach in civilian-space activity".

SpaceIL is a non-profit organization and was founded in 2011 by three young engineers Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub with an aim to land their first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon under the Google's Lunar Xprize.


The unit weight of 600 kg will be launched into an elliptical orbit around the Earth, then, after the correction of the orbit will move to the flight path to the moon.

The probe, presented in the Israeli city of Yehud, will land on the lunar surface after a long journey during which it will orbit for about two months around the Earth. The craft is scheduled to land on the moon on February 13.

The collected data will be transmitted to IAI control room for the next two days after the landing.

For children from any country, SpaceIL introduced its Moon Kids website in English, chock full of fun interactive content about the moon and outer space. Over the years, additional partners from the private sector, government companies and academia have joined, including Weizmann Institute of Science; Israel Space Agency; the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space; Bezeq and others.

Israel will launch a rocket from Florida in a bid to become the fourth country to reach the moon. "The State of Israel, which is as of now standing strong in the domain of space in its military action, must utilize assets for the advantage of non-military personnel space, which is an engine of development, innovation, and education all over the world".

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