Gaining altitude – the spacecraft in a crane test
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 to a metal frame and lifting it with the help of the crane to a height of several tens of meters, in predetermined courses and rates, while continuously recording all the sensors’ measurements.
The recordings were analyzed by the control team in order to allow making immediate decisions concerning points of emphasis for the next phase of the test. In more in-depth analysis that took place in the days following the test, the sensors’ capabilities were quantified, and issues requiring further checks and improvement in future tests were identified.