"Apparatus with a diameter of 2 meters and a height of 1.5 m and weighs 600 kg, and landing on the moon he will weigh 180 kg".
South African-Israeli billionaire Morris Kahn, president of SpaceIL, who has donated $27 million to the enterprise, was extremely excited: "The launch of the first Israeli spacecraft will fill Israel, in its 70th year, with pride".
Anteby said the SpaceIL craft - bearing an Israeli flag - will disengage from the launch rocket at an altitude of 60,000 kilometers (37,282 miles) and will begin orbiting Earth in elliptical orbits. "It's a national accomplishment that will put us on the world's space map".
Israeli billionaire philanthropist and SpaceIL President Morris Kahn, who donated around $27 million to the project, told reporters that its objective is in part to inspire young people in Israel to study science and join the country's space projects.
An Israeli team that later became known as SpaceIL made a decision to join the fray and eventually partnered with state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries.
An Israeli organisation announced plans today to launch the country's first spacecraft to the moon in December, with hopes of burnishing Israel's reputation as a small nation with otherworldly high-tech ambitions.
SpaceIL originally started this project as part of the Google Lunar XPrize, but they along with all the other competitors weren't able to make the March 31, 2018 deadline to land a craft on the moon and move it 500M once it landed. This process will be executed autonomously by the spacecraft's navigation control system. It will be launched via a SpaceX rocket and is expected to reach the moon on February 13, 2019. We have a robot spacecraft - it's two of the three."When you meet school children and tell them about the project, you can see the spark in their eyes".
IAI has been a full partner in the project from its inception.
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. The State of Israel, which is already firmly planted in the realm of space in its military activity, must harness resources for the benefit of civilian space, which is an engine of innovation, technology, education and groundbreaking around the world".