SpaceIL Launch Announcement Media Hits


  • USA Today

“Israeli tech company secures shot at $20 million Lunar XPRIZE”


“Google and Israel May Be Heading to the Moon”


  • Washington Post

“The first-ever private mission to the moon just got a lot closer to reality”

  • NWNewsweek

“First Private, Israeli Moon Mission Has Secured a Launch Contract for 2017”

  • Seattle Times

“Moon-bound Israeli robot will ride Spaceflight’s SpaceX rocket ”

  • New York Daily News

“Israeli nonprofit competing in Google Lunar XPRIZE books launch to moon with SpaceX”

  • Christian Science Monitor

“Israel leads in Google space race. Is a private moon landing imminent? ”

  • Wired UK

“Israeli firm to land ‘hopping’ rover on the Moon”

  • The Times of Israel

“Israelis sign contract to launch spacecraft to the moon”

  • Mic

“First Private Moon Launch Scheduled for 2017”

  • Gizmag

“SpaceIL buys “ticket to the moon” for Google Xprize”

  • The Register (UK)

“Israeli lander FOUND ON MOON (in 2017)”

  • The Independent (UK)

“Israeli team set for a rocket launch in Google-sponsored $20m race to the moon”

  • Fast Company

“A Team Competing For Google’s Lunar XPrize May Reach Moon By 2017”

  • CBC

“Google Lunar X Prize team signs contract to send spacecraft to moon”

  • Science Recorder

“Google wants to see private spacecraft on Moon by 2017”

  • Tech Times

“Israeli Team Will Hitch A Ride On SpaceX’s Falcon 9: Can They Land Their Spacecraft On The Moon?”

  • Space News

“Israeli X Prize Team Announces Launch Contract for Lunar Mission”

  • The Space Reporter

“Israeli spacecraft set for 2017 Moon launch”

  • Ynet News

“Israel shooting the moon: First lunar vessel under construction”,7340,L-4708194,00.html

  • E & T (Engineering & Technology)

“Israeli team secures first launch agreement in Moon race”

  • BBCBBC News

“Israeli Google Lunar X Prize team books rocket”

  • I F*cking Love Science

“Google Lunar XPRIZE Competition To Land On The Moon Sees Israeli Company Take The Lead”

  • Forbes

“First Private Moon Mission Set For Blast-off In 2017”

  • Sky News

“Israeli Scientists Sign Google Moon Rover Deal”

  • VICE News

“The First Privately Funded Lunar Mission Is Set to Launch in 2017”

  • City A.M.

“Israel rockets into first place in race to complete first ever private mission to the moon”

  • Popular Science

“Israeli XPrize Team Becomes First To Book A Ticket To The Moon”

  • Engadget

“The Google XPrize moonshot is a step closer to reality”

  • Daily Mail (Reuters)

“Israeli team signs first launch deal in Google moon race”

  • CNET

“Israeli Google Lunar XPrize team aims to put lander on the moon in 2017”

  • Der Spiegel

“Private Raumfahrt: Israelis kaufen Ticket zum Mond”

  • Israeli National News

“Will Israel Send a Man to the Moon?”

  • The Times of Israel

“Israeli team advances in global spacecraft contest”

  • The Verge

“Israel could send the first privately-funded mission to the Moon on a Falcon 9 rocket”

  • International Business Times

“Elon Musk’s SpaceX Joins Israeli SpaceIL In Google’s $30 Million Race To The Moon Contest”

  • Popular Mechanics

“This Israeli Team is Hopping Its Way to the Lunar X-Prize”

  • New Scientist

“Google Lunar X Prize gets 2017 extension after rocket contract”

  • Mashable

“A nonprofit just booked a trip to the moon with SpaceX”

  • IEEE Spectrum

“The Google Lunar XPrize Race Is Officially On”

  • VentureBeat

“The first private moon-landing moves a step closer as Google Lunar Xprize dishes out its first contract”

  • Quartz

“SpaceX booked its first Moon mission—and it uses ridesharing”

  • Tech Insider

“Israel could go to the moon in 2017 in a way nobody has before”

  • Gizmodo

“The First Private Mission to the Moon Is Planned to Launch in 2017”

“Private Moon Race Heats Up with 1st Verified Launch Deal”

  • Christian Science Monitor

“What will be the first corporation on the moon? ”

  • GeekWire

“Israeli-based SpaceIL gets set for 2017 moon race with Spaceflight’s help”

  • Sci-Tech Today

“Israeli Team Advances in Contest To Send Spacecraft to Moon ”

  • Hacked

“Israeli Team Signs First Launch Agreement In Google Lunar XPRIZE Competition”

  • American Space

“Israeli Team Secures First Google Lunar XPRIZE Launch Contract for 2017 Moonshot on Falcon-9”

  •  The Space Review
SpaceIL’s lander will be one of two “co-leads” on a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch purchased last month by a Seattle company, Spaceflight Industries.

Still chasing the Moon

  • (press release) (blog)
The Israeli team competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, SpaceIL is the first global team to sign a contract with aerospace manufacturer SpaceX.

SpaceIL Takes Huge Step Towards Winning Google Lunar XPRIZE

  • Seating Chair

The SpaceIL robotic spacecraft, which is just as big as a dishwasher, will be nestled in an assigned capsule over the launch rocket. SpaceIL intends to …

Israel’s SpaceIL scores 1st Google Lunar XPRIZE verified launch contract

  • KRWG News22

-Google-Lunar-XPRIZE-SpaceIL2 SpaceIL, a nonprofit team of engineers and entrepreneurs based out of Israel’s Tel Aviv University, has become the …

SpaceIL mission scheduled for the second half of 2017

  • NYC Today
As a part of the Google Lunar X Prize competition, SpaceIL, an Israeli non-profit, has booked a ticket to the moon using a Space X rocket. Indeed a …
  • Statesman Tribune

“We’re proud to formally verify receipt and verification of SpaceIL’s launch contract, positioning them as the primary and solely Google Lunar X Prize …

SpaceX launching Israeli mission to moon

  • Uncover Michigan

SpaceIL, an Israeli non-profit, is competing in the Google Lunar X Prize competition and as a part of it has booked a rocket ride to send a probe to the …

SpaceIL books ticket to moon using SpaceX Rocket

  • Herald Current
  • SpaceIL is determined to win the $20 million Google Lunar X Prize, and has its hopes set on 2017. With 16 remaining teams of scientists, explorers …

SpaceIL Takes Huge Step Towards Winning Google Lunar XPRIZE

  • Ledger Gazette

The Google Lunar X prize, which aims to award $30m (£19.6m) to the first private company to land a spacecraft on the Moon, has entered its final …

SpaceIL Takes Huge Step Towards Winning Google Lunar XPRIZE

… this year unless at least one of the competitors contracted for a launch first. The X-Prize Foundation saysSpaceIL met that mark with a “rideshare” .

Israeli Deal Keeps Google Lunar X-Prize Alive

  • The Guardian

SpaceIL is a non-profit organisation founded at the end of 2010. The competition’s organizers had been threatening to scrap the Lunar X-Prize at the …

Private space race gathers pace

  • iTWire

Israeli nonprofit, SpaceIL, a competitor in the Google Lunar XPrize competition, is the first of 16 teams to secure a verified launch contract for its lunar …

Israel’s SpaceIL scores 1st Google Lunar XPRIZE verified launch contract

  • CNNMoney

SpaceIL is one of 16 entrants in the Google (GOOGL, Tech30) Lunar XPrize competition. The teams are competing to land an unmanned spacecraft …

Israeli team set for first-ever commercial mission to the moon

  • Dispatch Tribunal

Israel based SpaceIL has become the first private company to produce a verified launch contract for a 2017 Moon mission in the US$30 million Google …

SpaceIL is the first to produce verified launch contract for a 2017 Moon mission

  • NoCamels – Israeli Innovation News (press release) (blog)
spaceil October 8, 2015 | The Israeli team competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, SpaceIL is the first international team to sign a contract with …

  • West California News

Israeli nonprofit ‘SpaceIL‘ has signed a contract to launch its robotic lunar lander towards the moon. There was a press conference held on …

  • ValueWalk

SpaceIL is planning to take home Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Lunar XPRIZE of $30 million, but being the first private firm to have an unmanned …

  • International Business Times

An Israeli lunar lander destined for the moon in two years will hitch a ride on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceIL, the company behind the project, …

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