Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Israel gets set to land spacecraft on the moon

Israel gets set to land spacecraft on the moon

Kahn said the lunar launch "will fill Israel, in its 70th year, with pride".

"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.

Three young engineers formed the SpaceIL and partnered with the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, reimagining a smaller craft while they believed they could descend on the moon by 2013. The rocket will deliver the apparatus to a height of 60 thousand km, and it will be released on elliptical path around the Earth.

The aim of the mission is not only to put an Israeli spacecraft on the moon, but to inspire a future generation of Israelis to pursue careers in math, science and engineering, said Joseph Weiss, IAI's president and chief executive and a founder of Israeli communications and media technology developer Amdocs Ltd.

They may not have succeeded in winning the Google Lunar X Prize, but the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL organisation is still shooting for the Moon and plans to send its lander to the lunar surface by the end of the year.

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.

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It is anticipated that the lander - which will be the smallest craft to land on the moon, weighing only 600 kilograms (1,322 pounds) - will take around two months to reach its destination from launch to landing.

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.

On the Moon, the craft will transmit images, video and data to magnetic fields in the control center in the IAI two days before the system closes.

"When the ship comes to a point which will be landing on the moon, it will work in fully automatic mode".

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. "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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