Israeli lunar landing venture says it will secure $ 70 million for its launch in 2024

Jerusalem-Israel’s space group plans to make a second unmanned lunar landing in 2024 after securing $ 70 million in private funding for the mission.

The SpaceIL organization announced on Sunday that Franco Israel’s billionaire Patrick Drahi, the controlling shareholder of Altice Europe, will donate funds with SpaceIL Chairman Morris Kahn and South African businessman Martin Moshall.

Israel 2024 after the first attempt ended in 2019 after the crash of a dishwasher-sized Beresheet (Genesis in Hebrew) aircraft due to an engineer’s technical failure in the final approach in December He said he would try another unmanned lunar landing earlier this year.

“I will do everything within my power to bring Israel back to the moon,” Khan said.

The new project, named “Beresheet 2”, will include launching two landing craft and an orbiter that orbits the moon for years, conducting experiments and collecting data on behalf of school students.

SpaceIL, a non-profit organization, said the pledged funding accounted for most of the $ 100 million cost of the project and “is likely to meet the 2024 launch schedule.”

“Beresheet 2” is one of the aircraft landing on the far side of the moon, and said it plans to break several space records, including double landings. In 2019, only China carried out a soft landing on the other side.

The two Israeli landing craft are the smallest landing craft ever launched into space, each weighing 120 kg (264.5 lbs) with fuel and 60 kg without fuel.

During the five-year mission of Mothership, SpaceIL said it would serve as a platform for educational science activities in Israel and around the world via remote connections that would allow students to participate in deep space science research. ..

SpaceIL is leading the project in collaboration with the Israel Space Agency, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Israeli Aircraft Industry.

Stephen Share

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