Approximately $88 million were invested in the spacecraft's development and construction, mostly from private donors, headed by SpaceIL President Mr. Morris Kahn, who donated about $27 million.
It will be launched via a rocket from American entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX firm and its mission will include research on the moon's magnetic field. "Projects like the Google Lunar XPrize competition in space are needed to push humanity forwards". The launch date is set for December; two months later, on February 13, the spacecraft is expected to land on the moon.
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 wonderful capabilities one can reach in civilian-space activity".
IAI, which is the home of Israel's space activity, has been a full partner in this project from its inception. The most prominent among these are Weizmann Institute of Science; Israel Space Agency; the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space; Bezeq and others.
The 2 meter-by-1.5 meter vehicle weighs 600 kilograms (1,323 pounds), making it the smallest spacecraft yet to touch down on the moon.
The Israeli spacecraft, about the size of a dishwasher, measure about 6.6 feet in diameter and about 1.65 feet in height.
The "smart spacecraft", developed by Israeli engineers, will be shipped to Cape Canaveral, Florida in November in preparation for the December launch.
"Our spacecraft will be the smallest ever to land on the moon", said Anteby. The data will be transmitted to the IAI control room during the two days following the landing. To win the first prize of $20 million, the participants were required to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon.
SpaceIL was the only Israeli company involved in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, which carried a £15million ($20million) victory prize until it was scrapped in March 2018 due to contestants' missed deadlines.
Along with Kahn, the Israeli Space Agency and USA megadonor casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson are funding SpaceIL.
Despite financial pitfalls in recent years that almost saw SpaceIL's spacecraft grounded permanently, the team is confident that December's launch will take place on time.
The initiative aims to raise interest in space and science among Israelis and encourage the younger generations to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professions.
Britain's Catherine , Duchess of Cambridge holds Britain's Prince Louis of Cambridge on their arrival for his christening service. Royal children typically get multiple godparents: Prince Charles has eight, Prince William has six and Prince George has seven.
Harry and Meghan's engagements will include official meetings with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Michael D Higgins. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have hit the ground running in Ireland on their very first overseas tour as newlyweds .
The point is obviously to then use your phone as your ticket (or boarding pass), no printing required. It's a simple feature but one that should make splitting a bill between multiple people much easier.
Thus, the novel " the English patient " Ondaatje as the best book of the 50th anniversary version of the Booker prize. Ondaatje, who was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, then called Ceylon, in 1943 is of Dutch, Sinhalese, and Tamil ancestry.
The front-facing camera, iris scanner, assorted sensors, LED, and earpiece are in the same spots they were in the Galaxy Note 8 . The dual camera plus triple camera system sound overwhelming but the Samsung Galaxy S10 + will be the first to have such.
Todd Phillips , most well known for his comedies including Old School, Starsky & Hutch and The Hangover , is lined up to direct. Who knows? We might not get any Joker until the very end of the film if it all goes as reserved as it could be.
Meanwhile, ignoring all the abuses and taunts, Sterling has applauded the support of English fans in Russian Federation . Beckham and Sir Geoff Hurst, though, defended Sterling's displays after the quarter-final win against Sweden.
The FC Barcelona centre-back has a knee injury, and his availability will depend on a fitness test closer to kick-off. Both matches happened during the Round of 16. "We showed character and mentality, it was very hard for us tonight".
Facebook BROKE LAW in personal data controversy, says watchdog
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Umar Sadiq joins Rangers on season-long loan from Roma
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Road Signs Will Warn Drivers Who Are Using Their Phones
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‘This is really happening’: Serena reaches Wimbledon semis
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Turkey dismisses civil servants linked to terror groups
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