Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
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Israel will Launch its Spaceship with Elon Musk’s help

Israel will Launch its Spaceship with Elon Musk’s help

The plan calls for the lander to execute a series of in-space maneuvers, then touch down on the lunar surface next February to transmit imagery and measure the moon's magnetic field.

"This is a small and smart vehicle, said at a press conference, IDO, Antabi of SpaceIL". And only the United States has managed to actually land a human on the lunar surface.

The spaceship that Israel will send on a two-month expedition is going to be launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Kahn said: "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".

Other countries have been successful in crushing scientific investigations into the surface.But only the USA has landed people on the moon.

SpaceIL is backed by a number of donors, including US casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, the Schusterman Family Foundation and South African-born billionaire entrepreneur Morris Kahn.

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.

"For two days we will conduct several scientific experiments and deploy an Israeli flag for future generations that we hope may one day visit the moon", Harel explained.

The 1.5 m (over 4.9 ft.) high spacecraft is 2 m (6.5 ft.) in diameter, and the carried fuel will weigh around 75 percent of its total weight, according to the report. Its expected maximum speed could exceed 10 kilometers per second.

According to SpaceIL, once the spacecraft disengages from the launch rocket, it will begin orbiting Earth in continuously larger elliptical orbits. "When the rocket is launched into space, we will all remember where we were when we landed on the moon".

Morris Kahn, South African-Israeli tycoon, owner of SpaceIL, who has given US$27 Mn to the project, was very enthusiastic: "The dispatch of the first Israeli airship will get pride for Israel, in the 70th year". Over the years, additional partners from the private sector, government companies and academia have joined, including Weizmann Institute of Science; Israel Space Agency; the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space; Bezeq and others.

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