Israel's SpaceIL plans to land spacecraft to moon in December

Tinuku - SpaceIL on Tuesday announced plans to launch Israel's first spacecraft to the moon in December that raised Israel's reputation as a small country with high-tech ambitions. The Israeli nonprofit organization established in 2011 builds an unmanned spacecraft weighing 585kg to land on the moon on February 13, 2019.

The module will be launched using a SpaceX rocket and the mission will include research in magnetic field of the moon. The project started as part of Google Lunar XPrize which in 2010 offered US$30 million in awards to encourage scientists and entrepreneurs with low-cost month missions.

Tinuku Israel's SpaceIL plans to land spacecraft to moon in December

Three young Israeli scientists are Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Jonathan Winetraub founded SpaceIL and partnered with Aerospace Industries to build a small plane in 2013. Key figures in the project are Morris Kahn, a South African-born Israeli billionaire, who heard SpaceIL from the presentation project.

"We met in a pub and started discussing. As we got into the project and more people joined in, we understood the complexity," said Damari.

Kahn gave an initial grant of US$100,000 to cover most of the US$95 million project. For Kahn, Israel has an interest in the moon along with four existing global powers including the United States, Russia, China and India in extraordinary achievements that will bring pride.

"I think this is a great idea and I ask them, do you have money? They do not really think about the financial side," said Kahn,

In moon will send data to the control center for two days before system closed. It is hoped that successful missions will inspire scientific curiosity among Israeli youth. The project is relatively lean which is not initiated or funded by the state and marks a change in the way of space-related projects to pave the way for more private initiatives.