On Saturday, just two days after the Beresheet Spacecraft crashes into the Moon, the PresidentIL of SpaceIL said the organization will continue. Beginning this week, Morris Kahn said a new task force will learn from its failures and begin developing a new plan for a spacecraft of Beresheet 2.
"We will build a new spacecraft, we will send this is the Moon, and we are going to complete the mission, "Kahn, a billionaire who personally donated $ 40 million to Israel's private efforts.
Today, SpaceIL has provided some more details about the project, as it may launch. The original project, which started to win Google Lunar XPrize, began eight years ago.
On a AMA reddit on Sunday, one of the team's engineers, Ben Nathaniel, added this new proposal. "Beresheet 2 has just announced that it is a major project that will bring major planning, coordination and last but not least, financing. At this time there are many factors in play that we can not yet make a prediction when it's exactly launched, we hope the first private company is still on the Moon. "
Also on the weekend, SpaceIL has released some initial information about what might have been wrong in landing- performed autonomously. The first technical issue occurred about 14km above the Moon's surface, which triggered a chain of events that led to the main engine of the spacecraft to fail temporarily. (It may involve one of the Bereshe IMUs, or inertial measurement units, but SpaceIL does not necessarily specify a reason). At this altitude, the spacecraft is dedicated to registering the Moon.
Later, the engine's main engine returned, but at that point the spacecraft was only 150 meters above ground, moving 500 km / h to the surface. Needless to say, this is a speed terminal. SpaceIL engineers intend to conduct "comprehensive tests" this week to better understand the sequence of events that triggered a temporary engine failure.
Meanwhile, the project has won plaudits for openness and willingness to fail in public viewing. NASA has had the same policy since the beginning of its exploration effort.
"I want to thank @TeamSpaceIL for making this landing on millions of viewers around the world, despite the risks," NASA's chief scientist, Thomas Zurbuchen, tweeted after landing attempt. "We will do the same because we believe in the value of global exploration and inspiration. We encourage all international and commercial explorers to do the same!" It seems unlikely to be cunning in China, which recently reached the far side of the Moon, but only revealed the fact some hours after the mission's victory.
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