Young Israeli scientists Yarivi Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub chose to join the fight.
The venture started when youthful engineers -KfirDamari, Yariv Bash, and Yonatan Winetraub chose to manufacture an aircraft and participate in the competition named, Lunar Xprize, supported by Google, which initially incorporated a worth of US$20 Mn prize for the team of participants to arrive an unmanned rocket on the moon.
Project managers said that the SpaceIL, an unmanned craft built by Israeli engineers, is slated to take off later this year and land on the moon on February 13 next year.
The launch of the first Israeli spacecraft will fill Israel, in its 70th year, with pride.
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The dimensions of the spacecraft are 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) high and 2 meters (6.5 feet) in diameter. Israel would then join the exclusive club of nations that has accomplished this hard feat since the 1960s, becoming the fourth nation to land a craft on the moon after Russian Federation, the United States and China.
"What we're doing is we're trying to replicate the Apollo effect in the United States", Kahn told reporters, referring to the surge in interest in science and engineering after the USA space program landed on the moon in 1969. Its maximum speed will reach more than 10 kilometers per second (36,000 kilometers, or almost 22,370 miles, per hour). The rocket will deliver the apparatus to a height of 60 thousand km, and it will be released on elliptical path around the Earth. When it reaches the right altitude, it will ignite its engines and reduce its speed to allow the moon's gravity to capture it.
On the Moon, the craft will transmit images, video and data to magnetic fields in the control center in the IAI two days before the system closes.
The entire journey, from launch to landing, will last approximately two months. Over the years, additional partners from the private sector, government companies and academia have joined, including Weizmann Institute of Science; Israel Space Agency; the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space; Bezeq and others.
Josef Weiss, IAI CEO stated, "As one who himself asked for the collaboration between IAI and SpaceIL, I respect the launch of its first Israeli spaceship to the moon for instance of the astonishing capacities one can reach in usual-citizen space movement".