On an estimated SpaceIL communication, the launch of the probe will take place in December 2018 from Cape Canaveral, Florida through the company, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, designing a Falcon 9 rocket. Israel’s flag will be planted by the spacecraft on the moon by February 2019, and also conduct a research into its magnetic field.
Beginning as just part of Google Lunar XPrize, the SpaceIL’s project has furthermore offered $30m (£23m) as a prize, to encourage and inspire the creation of low-cost robotic methods in space exploration. Though the competition was over with an unclaimed $20m as grand prize.
In co-operation with a state-owned firm, Israel Aeroscope Industry (IAI), the development of spacecraft is still on by SpaceIL. $88.5m has so far been spent on spacecraft. Morris Kahn, a billionaire businessman from South Africa, born in Israel, has contributed much to the development.
The spacecraft is the smallest in size to land on the Moon, as it is said by Idobi Anteby, a SpaceIL CEO, it will be about 1.5m high, 2m in diameter and at its launch it will have to weigh 585kg (1,300lb), more of it will be fuel, weighing over 400kg that will be burnt off by the time it will be landing on Moon.
This spacecraft will perform two landing. As a ‘hopper’ it will land and take off again, using the fuel in its propulsion. And once again do another landing 500m away, as a calculated condition of Xprize.
Upon its soft landing on the Moon, it will make the Nation of Israel to be the fourth in the world to design and complete a mission of unmanned spacecraft on Moon, after the United States and China.
According to Mr. Kahn, the successful mission will enlarge the gaps for ‘Apolo effects creation’ from generation to generation, referenced for science, technology, engineering, and Maths to make it live triggered by Moonwalker in 1969, Neil Armstrong
To Ofer Doron, head of IAI space division, it will be a great achievement for Israel and the world at large, to land a spacecraft on Moon at a cheap and reasonable cost, creating a memory of where they were when Israel landed on the Moon. He said, “Israel is going to show the way for the rest of the world.” #Rewordit