Israel Joins Race To Space: Liftoff Set For Thursday

Israel Joins Race To Space: Liftoff Set For Thursday”

If successful, the mission will make Israel the world's fourth country to land on the Moon, after Russian Federation, the United States, and China.

The initial project was conceived in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition to successfully land an unmanned probe on the Moon, which was eventually discontinued before a victor was declared since no competitors were able to complete their projects by the March 31, 2018, deadline.

The third is a small experimental satellite for the Air Force, coordinated by Spaceflight Industries, who also organised the Israeli moon lander.

Israel's Beresheet spacecraft makes history tonight when it launches upon its historic mission to the moon.

SpaceX is targeting Thursday, February 21 for launch of the Nusantara Satu satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

"Its mission is to transmit photos and video of its new home and conduct scientific measurements", SpaceX said of Beresheet. So the successful launch for SpaceX and its history-making mission couldn't have come at a better time.

"We have a vision to show off Israel's best qualities to the entire world", Sylvan Adams, a SpaceIL donor and Canadian-Israeli philanthropist, said during a pre-launch briefing in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday (Feb. 20).

But as the competition wore on, it became apparent that none of the companies were going to be able to meet the deadline to land on the moon, and so Google ultimately scrapped the competition in March 2018.

SpaceX has completed its second successful launch of 2019, sending the first commercial Moon lander on the first leg of its journey to the lunar surface with a sooty Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket. Touchdown would be April 11 at the Sea of Serenity. It will take 40 days total for the spacecraft to reach the Moon, followed by another week in lunar orbit before landing. Mounted on the spacecraft is a laser retroreflector, a mirroring device that requires no power and can be used for space-to-ground communications via NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN).

Previous missions have reached the moon much faster.

SpaceX recovered a payload fairing for the first time in 2017.

A quarter of an hour later, the two satellites were released, according to a SpaceX webcast of the event. "We can't afford a full we basically do a ride share", Winetraub said. The satellite is Indonesia's first high-throughput satellite.

In an interview this week, PSN CEO Adi Rahman Adiwoso said the operator has been leasing capacity on roughly half a dozen other spacecraft and borrowing AsiaSat-3S, a almost 20-year-old satellite from Hong Kong-based AsiaSat, to provide communications services across the Indonesia.

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