by: Udi Etsion
Monday, 15 April 2019 | A new Beresheet space project is set to get underway after its benefactor, Morris Kahn, announced he will finance a second attempt.
After its failed attempt to land, SpaceIL’s spacecraft, Beresheet, crashed onto the moon surface Thursday, but the project is not destined to end there. Morris Khan told reporters “We’ve started, and should complete the mission.”
Beresheet project engineers worked to understand what had gone wrong in the final, fatal seconds before the spacecraft crashed. Ofer Doron, director of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), described the dramatic moments trying to save the project.
“We identified a problem with one of the failed acceleration sensors,” Doron explained.
“It caused problems on the spacecraft’s computers and shut down the engine operating at maximum power to stop the spacecraft. The crew dispatched a reboot order to restart the engine, but it was too late” he said.
“NASA has expressed regret over the failure of the Genesis mission to land on the moon, but we commended SpaceIL for its privately funded mission to orbit the moon.”
Costing [US $100 million], Beresheet was the cheapest spacecraft to date to successfully orbit the moon, an achievement only six other countries can claim.
Millionaire Morris Kahn told Israeli media that in light of the support he has received from all over the [world], a new Beresheet project will be launched. “We must complete what we’ve started,” Kahn said.
Posted on April 15, 2019
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