Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Israel wants to conquer the moon in early 2019

Israel wants to conquer the moon in early 2019

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.

"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. "When the rocket is launched into space, we will all remember where we were when Israel landed on the moon".

Hopefully, the success of the mission will inspire scientific curiosity among Israeli youth.Kahn said, "We are trying to replicate the Apollo effect in America", referring to the American program, which first landed on the Moon in 1969."If we continue to be a start-up country, then we have to meet engineers."But before its launch, according to Damari, the pod and its project have shown great interest among the children".

The head of the project, the Israeli billionaire entrepreneur Morris Kahn said at a press conference that the launch of the spacecraft scheduled for December, after November it will be delivered in the United States.

The project in total has cost $88.5 million so far, reported BBC, with SpaceIL's main partner the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries.

The SpaceIL project started as part of the Lunar X Prize run by Google.

The unit weight of 600 kg will be launched into an elliptical orbit around the Earth, then, after the correction of the orbit will move to the flight path to the moon. This process will be executed autonomously by the spacecraft's navigation control system.

It is anticipated to get launched through a rocket from SpaceX, this December, and foreseen to arrive on the destination on February 13, 2019.

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. The measurements are intended for research conducted at the Weizmann Institute of Science-UCLA.

"The State of Israel, which is already firmly planted in the realm of space in its military activity, must harness resources for the benefit of civilian space, which is an engine of innovation, technology, education and groundbreaking around the world", said Weiss.

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