Israel prepares to launch its own spacecraft into the moon on 2019


Illustration Illustration - Israel started to develop its technology field by planning to fly unmanned spacecraft. The aircraft will go to the Moon in December 2018, and is expected to land on February 13th, 2019.

The spacecraft was developed by SpacelL, an Israeli non-profit organization working to promote science and technology education and the Israel State-owned Space Agency (IAI) as part of their participation in the 'Google Lunar XPrize' competition.

Project managers announced that USD 95 million spacecraft took eight years to build it. And if it succeeds, Israel will be the fourth country to place objects on Earth's only natural satellite.

The aircraft, which is about four feet tall and 6.5 feet in diameter, will reach a maximum speed of about 22,370 miles per hour. The aircraft weighs about 1,300 pounds, which will make it the smallest spacecraft that will fly to the Moon.

Ido Anteby, chief executive officer (CEO) of SpaceIL, during a press conference, quoted from Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, July 11th 2018, said, "We will put the Israeli flag on the Moon."

"Once the spacecraft reaches the point of landing, it will be completely autonomous" Anteby said.

"The motor will brake the plane and it will reach the ground (on the Moon) at zero speed for a soft landing ... during the landing, the aircraft will photograph the landing area and even record itself" he said.

The aircraft will be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, above the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The aircraft is expected to break away from the Falcon about 37,000 miles above Earth before being captured by Moon's gravity.

The Israeli space vehicle will travel 13 times faster than the maximum speed of the F-15 fighter jet and will cross about 9 million kilometers during a trip to the Moon after being released from Falcon.

Morris Khan, Israeli billionaire and president of SpaceIL, who donated USD27 million for the project, expressed his joy during a press conference.

"This is a great project. When a rocket is launched into space, we will all remember where we were when Israel landed on the Moon" Khan said.


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