SpaceIL has announced on Tuesday to send their first ever spacecraft on the moon. The unnamed spacecraft will weigh around 585 kilograms at launch and it planned that aircraft will reach the moon on February 13, 2019.
We have a launch and landing dates! December 2018- Launch, February 13 2019- First Israeli spacecraft lands on the moon! SpaceIL's moon mission is officially underway #SpaceILpic.twitter.com/f5V2E0Ue2d— SpaceIL (@TeamSpaceIL) July 10, 2018
Elon Musk’s firm SpaceX will provide the rocket to SpaceIL to carry their ambitious project to enter Earth’s orbit. SpaceIL is committed to inspiring the next generation in Israel and around the world and Israel will become the fourth nation after the US, the Soviet Union and China to land on the moon.
The project worth $90 million dollars is funded by Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn and others.
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SpaceIL is a non-profit organization and was founded in 2011 by three young engineers Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub with an aim to land their first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon under the Google’s Lunar Xprize.
That 20 Million competition challenged the private companies to try to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon. But was scrapped in March 2018 as the company knows no company will reach the deadline.
SpaceIL has continued the moon landing project to serve as a source of inspiration and as fertile ground for a long-term impact on the next generation of scientists and engineers in Israel.