Israel could become the fourth country that sent a spaceship to the moon after USA, Russia and China.
The company SpaceIL the Israeli state concern Israel Aerospace Industries announced that their lander will be launched in December and will make a soft landing on the moon on 13 February 2019.
The name of the device yet, but there is already an agreement that he will go to the moon on a Falcon 9 rocket company SpaceX Elon musk.
The head of the project, the Israeli billionaire entrepreneur Morris Kahn said at a press conference that the launch of the spacecraft scheduled for December,after November it will be delivered in the United States.
“This is a small and smart vehicle, said at a press conference, IDO, Antabi of SpaceIL. — Apparatus with a diameter of 2 meters and a height of 1.5 m and weighs 600 kg, and landing on the moon he will weigh 180 kg.” The rocket will deliver the apparatus to a height of 60 thousand km, and it will be released on elliptical path around the Earth.
“When the ship comes to a point which will be landing on the moon, it will work in fully automatic mode. The engines will stop working and ship with zero speed will make a soft landing on the moon. After the ship set an Israeli flag on the moon, he will take a picture of his environment and himself.”
Israel could become the fourth country that sent a spaceship to the moon after USA, Russia and China. However, perhaps it will be the fifth country in October will go to the moon the Indian mission Chandrayaan-2.
Non-profit organization SpaceIL was established in 2011 to participate in the competition for the prize of the Google Lunar Xprize, which was established in 2007 for the creation and launch of the spacecraft on the moon. In addition to Morris Kahn in the implementation of the project invested by the Israeli space Agency, and American billionaire Sheldon Adelson.