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Gaining altitude – the spacecraft in a crane test

Gaining altitude – the spacecraft in a crane test

12/07/2018

In May 2018, in a plowed field in Kefar Truman, Israel, the spacecraft’s subsystems underwent a test in which a crane was used. The purpose of the test was to better understand the dynamic behavior of the spacecraft’s various sensors, and particularly that of the landing sensor. The test was conducted by connecting the sensors […] Read More

It IS a drill: Conducting exercises in the control room

It IS a drill: Conducting exercises in the control room

12/07/2018

In recent months the control room at IAI MABAT plant has been converted and adapted to meet the needs of SpaceIL’s mission. Additionally, communication infrastructure has been established with the Ground Station Network (GSN), which its center is located in Sweden. The GSN provides transmission and reception services from antennas distributed around the globe. Starting […] Read More

Recalculating Route: The plan of spacecraft’s trajectory has been completed

Recalculating Route: The plan of spacecraft’s trajectory has been completed

12/07/2018

During the last quarter, the engineering team completed the plan of the spacecraft’s orbits, including all the maneuvers that will take it from an orbit around Earth to an orbit around the moon. To leave Earth’s atmosphere, the spacecraft will take a ride to the moon on a huge commercial rocket – SpaceX’s Falcon 9. […] Read More

Flying to the Moon: Flight Test as a Preparation to the Moon Mission

Flying to the Moon: Flight Test as a Preparation to the Moon Mission

12/07/2018

In June 2018, a flight test was carried out in the skies above southern Israel, to test the landing sensor. The main purpose of the flight test was to verify the landing sensor’s capabilities in conditions that are closer to those of the mission – at greater distances and velocities than those that were possible […] Read More

We Have a Launch and Landing Dates! – Press Release

We Have a Launch and Landing Dates! – Press Release

10/07/2018

SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries announce today (July 10, 2018) ISRAEL TO LAUNCH HISTORIC MOON MISSION FROM CAPE CANAVERAL THIS DECEMBER First Israeli lunar spacecraft set to land on moon Feb. 13, 2019, making Israel fourth country to do so YEHUD, Israel, July 10 – At a historic press conference today at Israel Aerospace Industries […] Read More