Israeli company plans lunar landing next year - 7/10/2018 7:50:35 AM

13 July, 2018, 10:54 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Israeli scientists stand next to an unmanned spacecraft in Yahud

Israel has long had an interest in space. Reaching such an achievement specifically during Israel's 70th year symbolizes how far they have come, and particularly the endless accomplishments that they can still achieve.

"This is national history", said IAI director Yossi Weiss.

They were attempting to win the $20 million Google Lunar X competition for a non-government to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon, take pictures and video, and travel 500 meters on, above or below the surface.

The relatively lean Israeli project, which was not initiated or funded by the state, could also mark a change in the way space-related projects are construed and performed, paving the way for more private initiatives.

IAI, which is the home of Israel's space activity, has been a full partner in this project from its inception.

"If we're going to continue being the start-up country we've got to get engineers".

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It has been told that the launch will be executed by SpaceX Falcon-9 Rocket. It will be the secondary payload, launched with other satellites.

At 60,000 kilometers (37,000 miles) above Earth the spacecraft will deploy. "In the coming months the spacecraft will undergo a series of intensive checks and tests at IAI, to prove that it will withstand the launch, flight and landing conditions". At this point, it will ignite its engines and reduce its speed to allow the moon's gravity to capture it. This process will be executed autonomously by the spacecraft's navigation control system.

Apart from this, ISRO had also announced its plan to explore the southern side of the moon for nuclear fuel Helium-3 in its second lunar mission.

Next, the craft will carry out an experiment designed by the Weizmann Institute of Science and measure the Moon's magnetic field, says the report.

Although the Google contest was eventually scrapped in March 2018 after none of the teams managed to launch their probes before the deadline, the SpaceIL group continued with its project, thanks to the support of its donors. The victor was expected to earn a prize of 20 million dollars to fund the landing of the first non-governmental unmanned spacecraft on the moon. However, the competition ended with no victor at the end of March, but the competition for the $30 million in cash prize continues, even without the cash. Concurrently, the non-profit is continuing its efforts to raise the funds necessary to complete this mission. To date, 50,000 children have been reached by SpaceIL volunteers in classrooms around the world.

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