!Our tireless efforts towards securing a Launch continues and has gone as far as China
Two weeks ago, we sent two of our engineers to the Annual International Space Conference, "International Astronautical Congress- IAC2013", which took place in Beijing, China. The conference is the most important space industry event of the year, covering all space related issues such as: technical, legal, space pollution, education and community programs, and more
You probably know that we "pay" in fuel consumption for every pound of the spacecraft at space. 91 kg of the current total mass of our spacecraft is... fuel. These 91kg should be enough to take our spacecraft all the way to the moon, including the landing and the leap part. If the total weight of the spacecraft grows, then we have to spend more of the fuel in the containers, with no extras remain.
Remember we sent a special birthday card for the President's 90th birthday? It turned out that he was touched by it and so we received a personal “Thank You” letter from him by mail, handwritten. For those who missed it, here is a video documenting the preparations for the photo:
Dust is the number one enemy of every house on the planet. Not to mention those who suffer from allergies. On our planet, it's pretty simple: you just take a broom and a dustpan, and you're done. But for our engineers, the dust (aka "rock dust") on the surface of the moon is far from being a nuisance that can be solved with a damp cloth and a cleaning spray. There are several problems that dust might cause, which our Mission Analysis team is currently confronting:
70 years ago, Mr. Isaac Bash was forced to perform forced-labor at the "Volkswagen" factory in Germany. Eventually, he came to Israel as a Holocaust survivor and started a family. Last week, his grandson Yariv Bash- one of SpaceIL's Co-Founders, got a chance for a closure: He was invited to lecture in a Volkswagen convention about SpaceIL - the Israeli project to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon.
This incredible story was published in a Israeli newspaper.
Have you ever thought how do you navigate in space without a GPS?
As opposed to the navigation techniques used on earth, there is no GPS in space. Therefore, our engineers at the SpaceIL team had to find and create special navigation systems and orbit correction solutions in order to maintain the spacecraft's flight path.
The following are unique technological developments and navigation systems that will be integrated into the spacecraft:
This video, made using the STK satellite modelling & trajectory planning software, shows the spacecraft's planned journey as it travels from the Earth to the Moon. This is a work product of our engineers at Mission Analysis Team:
Our mission computer is based on the "Leon 3 Processor" - CPU spatial, the world's most advanced processor. It was developed by "Ramon" company in the Technion, in cooperation with "Gaisel" company.
The mission computer is responsible for running the control software and controlling the various indices of the spacecraft, such as: the accelerometer, the star-tracker and more.