Elon Musk will launch to the moon automatic Israeli station

Pat Wise
July 14, 2018

It was expected to burn an emirate's reputation with other global high tech ambitions.Unmanned spacecraft, the size of the launch and the weight of 585 kg (1,300 lb) will land on the moon on February 13, 2019, if all go according to the plan, organizer SpaceiL told a news conference in Central Israeli Yehud.The ship will be launched by American entrepreneur Alan Musk's rocket from the SpaceX firm and its mission will involve research on the magnetic field of the Moon.However, its first task will be to place an Israeli flag on the moon, the organizers said.The project was launched as part of a $ 25 million ($ 25 million) initiative to encourage scientists and entrepreneurs in 2010 for a low-priced lunar module. 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.

"Our mission was never about winning the prize money - although $20 million would have been nice", said SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby.

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

On July 10, SpaceIL gave the press its first look inside the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) MABAT Space facility in Yehud near Israel's airport, where the nonprofit organization has been collaborating with IAI for eight years to build the 1,322-pound (600-kilogram) spacecraft. We have a robot spacecraft - it's two of the three."When you meet school children and tell them about the project, you can see the spark in their eyes".

Israel announced Tuesday that it will launch its first lunar mission in December 2018, hoping to become the fourth country to land on the moon, following the U.S., Russian Federation and China.

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The project worth $90 million dollars is funded by Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn and others.

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. 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.

The project began when young engineers - Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub - made a decision 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.

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.

SpaceIL has announced on Tuesday to send their first ever spacecraft on the moon. "When the rocket is launched into space, we will all remember where we were when Israel landed on the moon".

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