The Israeli non-profit organization Beresheet of the SpaceIL spacecraft was supposed to execute an engine to lift its elliptical orbit around the Earth, but instead its computer unexpectedly threw itself. As a result, the maneuver was automatically canceled
In a statement, SpaceIL said that it is studying data with its partner, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), and analyzes the situation.
"At present, the spacecraft system works well, with the exception of the known problem in the stellar tracker."
Shortly after the spacecraft had been deployed from the SpaceX Falcon 9 missile last week, Beresheet engineers found their star tracker helping to determine its position in space, was sensitive to dying of sunlight.
SpaceIL representatives did not immediately respond to a request for additional information on how problems might affect the terms of the Beresheet mission
SpaceIL was one of the original competitors of Google Lunar XPrize. Although the contestthe project progressed with IAI and several very large donations from billionaire businessmen Morris Cahn and Sheldon Adelson.
Beresheet was built and launched with a relatively small budget of around $ 100 million, and as a result, it carries a number of backup systems that are included in NASA's typical spacecraft.
Fortunately, SpaceIL claims that Beresheet is still in communication with its management center and is ready to try again to increase the orbit.
After a complex set of orbits around the Earth, and then the moon, Bereshet seeks to try landing on the moon in April.