Friday, 16 November, 2018

Israel To Launch Moon Mission From Florida In December

Israel Set to Land Spacecraft on Moon in Historic First Israel to touch the moon
Sandy Nunez | 14 July, 2018, 02:28

The Aerospace Industries in Israel and SpaceIL launched the new space vehicle, which took eight long years of collective endeavors, and US$95 Mn to develop the smallest airship till date. SpaceIL President Morris Kahn has donated about $27 million to the effort and chose to proceed even after the contest deadline passed and effectively ended without any finalists achieving the goal.

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

News Brief: SpaceIL, an Israeli team that was once a competitor in the now-defunct Google Lunar X Prize, says it will have its lander launched toward the moon in December.

Project managers said that the SpaceIL, an unmanned craft built by Israeli engineers, is slated to take off later this year and land on the moon on February 13 next year.

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 unbelievable capabilities one can reach in civilian-space activity".

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SpaceIL's spacecraft is not only small - it measures 2 meters-by-1.5 meters and weighs 600 kilograms (1,323 pounds) - but also significantly less expensive than those usually launched into deep space. "It is a national accomplishment that will put us on the world's space map", said SpaceIL President Morris Kahn.

If the operation is successful, Israel will become a after Russia, USA and China government, who managed to deliver an automatic station on the moon. Its maximum speed will reach more than 10 kilometers per second (36,000 kilometers, or almost 22,370 miles, per hour).

According to SpaceIL, once the spacecraft disengages from the launch rocket, it will begin orbiting Earth in continuously larger elliptical orbits. The data will be transmitted to the IAI control room during the two days following the landing. More than two-thirds of the weight is fuel, which will be used up by the time it lands on the moon's surface.

IAI has been a full partner in the project from its inception. "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".