Israel plans to launch moon mission on SpaceX rocket this year

11 Julio, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Enrique Watson

For the first time in its history, Israel will have a spacecraft on the moon next year, the SpaceIL corporation announced Tuesday.

SpaceIL is backed mainly by private donors, including USA casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and billionaire Morris Kahn who co-founded Amdocs, one of Israel's biggest high-tech companies.

The probe will reportedly use one of Elon Musk's Falcon 9 rockets to launch, and will be the smallest craft to ever land on the moon.

This illustration imagines what the spacecraft would look like on the moon.

South African-Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn, president of SpaceIL, who has donated $27 million to the enterprise, was extremely excited: "The launch of the first Israeli spacecraft will fill Israel, in its 70th year, with pride".

The project culminated in the design of an Israeli lunar probe, which SpaceIL claimed would launch regardless of the contest's outcome.

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. "Projects like the Google Lunar XPrize competition in space are needed to push humanity forwards".

More news: Desde prisión, Lula reitera que será candidato
More news: WhatsApp's new feature will warn you of 'dangerous' links
More news: Thai basil pork rice is first meal choice for rescued footballers

The spacecraft is a "hopper", which will land and then take off again with the fuel left in its propulsion system, and then perform another landing 500m away, as required by the XPrize.

The project began when young engineers - Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub - chose to build a spacecraft and take part in the Lunar Xprize competition sponsored by Google, which originally included a $20 million prize for the first group of contestants to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon.

Mr Kahn said he hoped the mission would create an "Apollo effect" for the next generation in Israel - a reference to the enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and maths triggered by Neil Armstrong's Moon walk in 1969.

"This is a tremendous project", Kahn said.

Three countries have landed missions on the moon: the US, Russia and China.

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".

Recomendado:

  • Paris, Russia, to turn French for World Cup semifinals

    Paris, Russia, to turn French for World Cup semifinals

    They're getting the World Cup croissants ready in Paris . "I like them more". The two teams will play each other at the St.
    Venezuela: entrega formalmente una nota de protesta a Ecuador

    Venezuela: entrega formalmente una nota de protesta a Ecuador

    Denunciamos politización de la justicia ecuatoriana e injerencia de #EEUU en intención de encarcelar a un inocente. En reacción a esas declaraciones, también aplazó la partida del embajador ecuatoriano en Caracas.
    Mother survives auto  crash that killed her husband, 4 daughters

    Mother survives auto crash that killed her husband, 4 daughters

    Matriarch of the family, Mary Rose Ballocanag, 53, is now hospitalized with serious injuries, however, she is expected to survive. Route 1 when police said a pickup truck crossed the median for unknown reasons and hit the minivan and another auto .
  • Thailand cave rescue: Recap of afternoon's events as final mission officially underway

    Thailand cave rescue: Recap of afternoon's events as final mission officially underway

    They're all likely to stay the hospital for seven days due to their weakened immune systems, Chokedamrongsook said. Jedsada Chokedamrongsook, the permanent secretary of the Thai Health Ministry. "They can watch on TV", he said.
    Arranca la tercera jornada de rescates en la cueva de Tailandia

    Arranca la tercera jornada de rescates en la cueva de Tailandia

    Fueron encontrados tras nueve días de intensa búsqueda en la que participaron más de 1.300 personas. Rescatistas llevan a uno de los adolescentes rescatado y transportarlo a un hospital en Tailandia .
    IOS 11.4.1 brings USB Restricted Mode but it has a bug

    IOS 11.4.1 brings USB Restricted Mode but it has a bug

    In addition to releasing iOS 11.4.1, Apple is also pushing out watchOS 4.3.2 for the Apple Watch and tvOS 11.4.1 for the Apple TV. The official change-log from Apple points to the release including "general improvements for stability and quality".
  • Xuxa pierde juicio contra Google por búsqueda ligada a la pedofilia

    Xuxa , conocida como 'La reina de los bajitos', desarrolló desde 1983 una carrera televisiva orientada al público infantil. El litigio había comenzado en 2010, pero el recurso fue negado en segunda instancia.
    Sen. Kamala Harris plans to oppose Trump's Supreme Court nomination

    Sen. Kamala Harris plans to oppose Trump's Supreme Court nomination

    Gorsuch's nomination became possible because McConnell blocked Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy in 2016. In fact, Trump's pick was said to have the " inside track " from the get-go, thanks to his D.C. connections.
    Warframe Coming to Nintendo Switch

    Warframe Coming to Nintendo Switch

    Ever wished you could play Warframe on the bus, in bed, or on the toilet? " WWE 2K19 will not be available on Nintendo Switch ". Players take on the role of a Tenno, a race of ancient warriors, and have a chance to master the Warframe armor.
  • Thailand cave rescuers save eight boys: What we know now

    Thailand cave rescuers save eight boys: What we know now

    The eight boys rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand are in "high spirits", a senior health official said Tuesday. However, after news of the rescue of four boys emerged, Musk tweeted , "Hopefully useful". "I'm hoping for good news".

    United Kingdom queen misses christening of William and Kate's baby son

    Lady Laura Meade is married to Prince William's close friend James, who is Princess Charlotte's godfather. The gallery also features the Prince Louis' first official portrait taken by his mother, Kate Middleton .
    Air India succumbed to Chinese bullying

    Air India succumbed to Chinese bullying

    The Chinese government wrote to 44 airlines earlier this year, giving them a May 25 deadline to change their websites. It is believed that Air India will have taken this step only after discussions with the Ministry of External Affairs .


Popular

Croatia hopes it has finally found a team to better 1998 heroes
Jesse Lingard, Kyle Walker , Jordan Henderson and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all needed one more yellow card to miss the semi-final. If the final four games of this year's World Cup are anything like the last 60, it should be quite an exciting finish.

Martinez: France's Henry is missing ingredient for Belgium
Pope consoles Brazilian fans * Federation Internationale de Football Association warns Croatian over video * Goal-fest? Played well but defeated for many years in major tournaments, this Belgian bunch is showing these qualities.

Darksiders 3 llegará el 27 de noviembre
Ve marcando tu calendario ya que Darksiders III será lanzado en PS4, Xbox One y PC el próximo 27 de noviembre . Además, los jugadores tendrán 10% de descuento al preordenarlo y 24 horas de acceso anticipado.

Russian Federation to meet their fans following World Cup elimination
A passionate fan of Neymar Jr. and the Brazilian football team, Ahmed had the opportunity to meet his idol and favourite football team in action.

Lluvias en San Luis Potosí por onda tropical 13
Ambiente muy caluroso y viento del noreste de 20 a 35 km/h, con rachas superiores a 50 km/h en las costas de Campeche. Valle de México: Cielo medio nublado por la mañana.

Microsoft Teases a New Surface
Microsoft is readying a new, low-end Windows 10-based tablet created to compete with smaller and cheaper iPads: The Surface Go . The existing Surface Pen works with this device and you can opt for the Type Cover at $99 or a Signature Type Cover at $129.99.

Feds say they will release, reunite 50 immigrant children
Its database has some information about the children's parents but was not created to reunify families by the court's deadline.

If you have this popular phone, you're probably rich
Their conclusion "runs against the popular narrative of the United States becoming an increasingly divided society", they said. The data included bi-annual questionnaires and information obtained from face-to-face interviews such as household income.

Rescatados ocho de los niños atrapados en cueva de Tailandia
Tras un descanso de catorce horas, las necesarias para depositar nuevas bombonas de aire de repuesto a lo largo del camino. El resto de niños y el entrenador aún están en la cueva .

UK Government On Verge Of Collapse Days Before Trump's Visit
In response, May said she was a " little surprised " to receive his resignation after last Friday's cabinet agreement. Mrs May insists her plans are the "the best way to honour" the Brexit vote, amid a deepening political crisis.