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President Rivlin Hosts SpaceIL Members

On Wednesday, President Reuven Rivlin hosted the members of SpaceIL, a non-profit organization building the first Israeli vessel to be launched to the moon.

Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 12:59 pm
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On Wednesday, the members of SpaceIL, a non-profit organization building the first Israeli vessel to be launched to the moon, were hosted by President Reuven Rivlin.

The President said he was excited: “I remember as a child, the greeting that appeared on gum wrappers, ‘by the time you turn 21 you will reach the moon’. At the time it seemed impossible, but you have turned it into a reality. For hundreds of thousands of students who have already been exposed to your project and millions who have yet to be exposed to it, your company is a model of courage, success, and a vision of Israeli innovation. I wish you much success.”

SpaceIL CEO Eran Privman told Ynet that “the process of building this vessel began two years ago, when I arrived at SpaceIL. The first mission was to put together an engineering team, in cooperation with Israel Aerospace Industries (Israel’s government-owned aerospace company) and other industries we work with, to create an outline for a spaceship that will allow us to reach the moon. That’s not a trivial task, and we’re the first group in the competition that has managed to fulfill that goal, and so we could sign a launch contract, which gave us a significant boost, bringing us to this.

He then explained the steps to come: “The next step is begin the production of the vessel – its structure, fuel tanks, and simultaneously the electronics which is mostly ready, and to adjust the planning to the launcher from which we have a contract to launch. The large majority of the vessel is a a rocket propulsion system which will help go all the way to the moon, and there are also a mission computer, radios, cameras and sensors that will enable the landing on the moon itself.”

Photo Credit: Mor Komfani

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