Posted: Jul 12, 2021 04:05 GMT
The Beresheet ship of this same company crashed into the Moon in 2019 due to several technical failures.
The Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL announced this Sunday that it has raised funds to launch a new lunar mission in 2024.
SpaceIL explained that it has obtained $ 70 million “crucial” for your spacecraft launch to the moon Beresheet 2, thanks to the contributions of French-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi, South African businessman and philanthropist Martin Moshal, as well as Israeli businessman Morris Kahn, president of Space IL.
Israel Back on Track to the Moon: SpaceIL Obtains Crucial Financing round for the Launch of the “Beresheet 2” Spacecraft in 2024! Patrick Drahi, Martin Moshal and Morris Kahn will donate together US $ 70 million in favor of the mission. # Beresheet2 # Backtothemoonpic.twitter.com / ksNQdwIJ3g
– Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) July 11, 2021
The launch would be the second lunar mission from SpaceIL, whose Beresheet spacecraft crashed into the Moon in 2019 due to various technical glitches. Had it succeeded, Israel would have become in the first country to land a private landing vehicle.
In April 2019, SpaceIL announced its plans to build another probe, although only last year did it confirm its Beresheet 2 mission for 2024. The spacecraft would have two probes to carry out experiments on the surface of the Moon, as well as with an orbiter that it would remain there for several years.
As with the first mission, the total launch costs are estimated to be around 100 million dollars.
“The Beresheet project is the mission of my life, so I have decided to try again. I intend to do everything in my power to get Israel back to the Moon, this time for a historic double landing“Morris Kahn said.