Israel announces unmanned moon mission for later this year

The lander will be a secondary payload on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket taking off from Florida, the team said today in a news release.

"This is a small and smart vehicle, said at a press conference, IDO, Antabi of SpaceIL".

Israel is set to created history with a lunar landing mission scheduled for February 13, 2019.

December space launch is a joint venture between SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries.

The last spacecraft took a few days to reach the moon, but the SpaceIL will be fired into the oval orbit-a voyage in which two months would take but would fast save on carrying the necessary fuel for the trip.




"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", said Kahn. The spacecraft will orbit the Moon for nearly two months before landing, where it will record and send video and conduct some small science observations using a magnetometer.

In December, an Israeli organization announced the launch of the first spacecraft for the moon of the Moon.

SpaceIL is backed by a number of donors, including US casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, the Schusterman Family Foundation and South African-born billionaire entrepreneur Morris Kahn. Gaya.For Kahn, Israel will already have a "great achievement" - "America will give us a feeling of pride that we really need" - to keep the moon share with three global powers - the United States, Russia and China.'Backup plan " IAi CEO Yossi Weiss said that instead of winning, there is not a way to prove technical skills, but it is urgently needed for mankind so that it can erase their resources faster.Weiss said, "We should think about backup plans".

It is measured to be four-feet high, and 6 ½-feet in diameter, and it will be able to reach a maximum speed of 22,370 miles per hour.

The venture started when youthful engineers -KfirDamari, Yariv Bash, and Yonatan Winetraub chose to manufacture an aircraft and participate in the competition named, Lunar Xprize, supported by Google, which initially incorporated a worth of US$20 Mn prize for the team of participants to arrive an unmanned rocket on the moon. "It's a national accomplishment that will put us on the world's space map". 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.

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