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#1 2019-02-09 15:06:11

louis
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Space IL

Israelis to put lander on the Moon...

Did people know about this Space IL mission scheduled for the first quarter of 2019...?


http://www.spaceil.com/news/%d7%94%d7%9 … %aa%d7%97/

I didn't!

I wonder if they could get a robot ready for Mars for the 2022 [not 2020!!] Space X Mars cargo mission?

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#2 2019-02-09 15:29:27

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Re: Space IL

That is part of the google prize efforts that Nasa started to look for but dropped when it was still being called Constellation.

Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge

http://www.xprizefoundation.com/ which now redirects to http://www.xprize.org/

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#3 2019-02-09 17:16:46

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Re: Space IL

Great that it's supposed to be happening this year. I did read it was going up on a Space X rocket...anyone else have more details?


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#4 2019-02-09 17:55:50

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Re: Space IL

The robot will then attempt a touchdown on the moon on Feb. 13, 2019.

http://www.spaceil.com/mission/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceIL

https://www.space.com/43188-israel-firs … hotos.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Lunar_X_Prize

SpaceIL planned to meet the requirement to travel 500 meters on the lunar surface by having the lander "hop" from its landing site to another site 500 meters away using rocket propulsion.

It will most likely see a delay due to the govenment shutdown but who knows.

October 2015, SpaceIL signed a contract for a launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida on a SpaceX Falcon 9 via Spaceflight Industries. It will be launched in February 2019 as a secondary payload, along with the telecom satellite PSN-6.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0pAnBoCeVM

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SpaceIL was the only Israeli contestant in the international Google Lunar X Prize (GLXP) competition, which had offered a prize of $20 million to the first privately funded team to put a robot down on the moon, move it at least 1,650 feet and have it beam high-definition photos and video to Earth.

The competition officially ended with no winner on March 31, with Google announcing that it would no longer sponsor it.

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#5 2019-02-09 20:27:17

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Re: Space IL

I'm loving this mission...v. much in the spirit of Space X itself.


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