Israeli SpaceIL Targets 2019 Moon Mission

14 July, 2018, 02:30 | Author: Darnell Taylor

The 1,289-pound landing craft will piggyback on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to enter Earth's orbit, then slingshot around the planet several times to reach the moon.

Israel declared on Tuesday that it will dispatch its first moon mission in somewhere in December 2018, planning to secure a place to be the fourth nation to arrive on the moon, following Russian Federation, the US, and China. SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries have raised $88 million so far, CNET reports.

The spacecraft's journey to the moon will last about two months.

The only entities to have conducted controlled landings on the Moon are the governments of the former Soviet Union, the United States, and China.

Non-profit organization SpaceIL was established in 2011 to participate in the competition for the prize of the Google Lunar Xprize, which was established in 2007 for the creation and launch of the spacecraft on the moon.

South African-Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn, president of SpaceIL, who has donated $27 million to the enterprise, was extremely excited: "The launch of the first Israeli spacecraft will fill Israel, in its 70th year, with pride".

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In addition to taking photos on the surface of the moon, the spacecraft will measure its magnetic field at the landing site, using a magnetometer installed on it.

SpaceIL is backed by a number of donors, including USA casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, the Schusterman Family Foundation and South African-born billionaire entrepreneur Morris Kahn. "Apparatus with a diameter of 2 meters and a height of 1.5 m and weighs 600 kg, and landing on the moon he will weigh 180 kg".

Young Israeli scientists Yarivi Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub chose to join the fight.

Anteby said the SpaceIL craft - bearing an Israeli flag - will disengage from the launch rocket at an altitude of 60,000 kilometers (37,282 miles) and will begin orbiting Earth in elliptical orbits. When it reaches the right altitude, it will ignite its engines and reduce its speed to allow the moon's gravity to capture it.

According to the officials from IAI, Israel is aiming to extend its existing military activity in space to a civilian one, contributing to the development of technology, education and innovation around the world. If it lands on the moon it would be the smallest craft to do so.

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