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On Thursday in Florida a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a private spacecraft called Beresheet. Originally formed to to compete in the Google Lunar X-Prize the team at SpaceIL were the only serious contenders but development took too long.

SpaceIL is a team of private Israeli researchers and engineers, augmented by some government funding and assistance from Israel Aerospace Industries.

After rocketing into space, the Falcon 9 will disgorge other satellites. Beresheet will be released last.

From that point, Beresheet will commence a week-long voyage to the moon. If it makes it, Beresheet will make Israel the fourth nation to soft-land on the moon after USA, Russia and China. It will also be the first private spacecraft to do so.

Beresheet will land on the moon some 71 years after an almost-totally decimated and exiled people formed the first modern indigenous state at a time of great world upheaval.

It is aptly named. In English, the name translates to “Genesis”.

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Yeah,

They kept it rather quiet, or the usual rubbish crowded it out of the news.

IAI have an incredible reputation, mostly for modifying or re-inventing existing designs but they are truly world-class. The Falcon seems to be perfectly reliable, after all it launched a Tesla Roadster 🙂

A lot of steps of course to put it intact on the moon but it is truly amazing that Israel can even attempt to do this (wait for inevitable Israel bashing over U.S funds.)

I'm going to be watching and giving them every well wish and mental assist I can summon 🙂

Cheers

 

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22 hours ago, chrisg said:

wait for inevitable Israel bashing over U.S funds

Israelis are already laughing about it.

The joke goes that Israel is looking to become the fourth country to land on the moon this week, or as the UN will call it: The first country to occupy Space Palestine.

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🙂

Israeli sense  of humour, given the limited expected lifespan of this first lander I guess that hardly counts as an occupation 🙂

Cheers

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Yeah, very different way to go to the moon, don't have the sheer power of the big rockets of yore yet I guess, although the Russians did not need that approach either - notable SpaceX is taking the same path as the  Soyuz series, bolting together multiple rather simpler lower powered rockets to get sufficient thrust. Totally the opposite of Saturn 5.

The sheer math involved in the means of getting Beresheet to the moon is mind boggling.

Cheers

 

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A fair bit of precision required there.

A bit like performing a circumcision with a razor blade inserted into the end of a pool cue.

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Hmm,

 

No one seems to be taking much notice but after that amazing series of extending loops around earth to slingshot to lunar orbit the lander is now in orbit around the moon and scheduled to land this coming week.

 

Space.com seems to be about the only site following along with interest.

 

Cheers

 

 

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Damn.

 

Still pretty impressive though, especially on such a small budget.

 

From Netanyahu's comment Israel will be trying again.

 

Cheers

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1 hour ago, Jeruselem said:

All brought undone by one bad inertia sensor

 

Better that than some dipshit on your team klutzing up a metric conversion.

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Hate to be the supplier of the sensor...

 

Cheers

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2 hours ago, chrisg said:

Hate to be the supplier of the sensor...

 

Well, yeah.  But faults do happen without it being a manufacturing problem: you can make something as well as it can be made and still have it break first time at bat.  It's still going to cost them big even if they can somehow prove that to be the case, though, and that's going to be Tough to prove - it's not like Air Crash Investigation do callouts there.

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Oh I didn't mean to imply any consequences against the manufacturer. An inertia sensor that had been deep cold soaked by the repeated orbits around the Earth to raise the orbit high enough to be captured by Lunar gravity and probably subjected to solar heat and then expected to be accurate in 1/6th G could well be forgiven for failing.

 

Goes to that apocryphal Astronaut comment about sitting atop umpteen million components that are going to take you to space and all supplied by the lowest bidder.

 

They did extraordinarily well on a tiny budget in real terms but heartbreaking to have something so small lead to an impact instead of a landing.

 

Cheers

 

 

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I once had a pet Kamchatka brown bear.

That fucking Beresheet all over my house AND in my car.

 


 

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18 minutes ago, twinair said:

That fucking Beresheet all over my house AND in my car.

 

 

what do you expect with its ring of fire ?

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