“Ground Control to SpaceIL”: SpaceIL’s New Transponder Developed with Space Micro

SpaceIL’s Spacecraft is Now Ready for Communication on the First Israeli Mission to the Moon

Another Major Milestone Complete: SpaceIL and Space Micro Announce a Contract and Program Cooperation, Together Developing an Adaptation of the NASA LADEE Mission Transponder

SpaceIL and Space Micro announced a new partnership today, with close cooperation in developing SpaceIL’s space-grade S-Band Transponder.  The mission transponder is a tailor made, mission critical communications device enabling SpaceIL to communicate with its spacecraft on its way to the Moon, and once they arrive at the lunar surface.  SpaceIL is developing a uniquely small and smart spacecraft in pursuit of the Google Lunar X-Prize.  The competition is a race to land an unmanned spacecraft safely on the Moon, move 500 meters, and send back high definition images and video.  Transmitting that data back to Earth through the Space Micro Transponder is the most challenging communications task of the entire mission—because of the far distance from Earth (240,000 miles), along with physical and electromagnetic disruptions on the lunar surface, as well as the high quality of the data packages being sent.

According to SpaceIL’s CEO Eran Privman, “SpaceIL is delighted to announce the Space Micro technical partnership.  They have a strong product solution that fits SpaceIL’s unique mission requirements. This partnership further strengthens SpaceIL’s chances for success in the Google Lunar XPrize challenge, and is one serious step closer to landing the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon.”

Space Micro’s CEO, David J. Strobel: “We are very pleased that SpaceIL has selected Space Micro for our high performance S-Band Transponder.  The Space Micro Transponder used in NASA’s LADEE mission configuration (also a lunar program) proved to be a strong fit for lunar missions.  We are very excited to be on the SpaceIL team and look forward to a strong partnership.” The Space Micro partnership comes on the heels of a successful design of the spacecraft’s antennas (also an important part of the communications system), and signing a contract to develop the propulsion system, which is the largest and most significant part of the spacecraft.

About SpaceIL

SpaceIL is a nonprofit organization, working to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon. SpaceIL was founded at the end of 2010 by three young engineers: Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Weintraub, who entered the Google Lunar X Prize competition, an international race to the moon. Being the only Israeli team in the competition, SpaceIL is building the smallest, smartest spacecraft to ever land on the moon. Through this mission, SpaceIL aspires to create a new “Apollo effect“, inspiring the next generation to think differently about science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM).

About Space Micro Inc.

Space Micro recently celebrated its 12-year anniversary. As an engineering driven space business focused on technology advancement and product implementation, they have earned a strong reputation in the Space industry for innovative, affordable, and high performance digital, RF communication and Attitude Determination sensor products. Space Micro Inc. is a leader in patented affordable radiation hardened by design technologies. They are an employee-owned company based in San Diego, CA, USA. For more information visit www.spacemicro.com or contact Paul Brammer, Vice President of Business Development at (858) 332-0700

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