On Saturday, just two days after the Beresheet spacecraft crashed into the Moon, President SpaceIL said the organization would move forward. Starting this week, Morris Cahn said that the new working group will learn from their failures and begin to develop a new Beresheet 2 spacecraft plan.
"We are going to build a new spacecraft, we are going to the moon, and we are about to complete the mission," "said Can, a billionaire who personally donated $ 40 million in private Israeli efforts.
SpaceIL has provided some additional details about the project, for example, when it can launch. years ago.
a Reddit AMA on Sunday, one of the team of engineers, Ben Nathaniel, said this about the new proposal. "Beresheet 2 was just announced. This will be a major project that will require serious planning, coordination and, finally, funding. At the moment there are so many factors that we can not do when it is we who hope that we will become the first private company to land on the Moon. "
Also during these weekend, SpaceIL has released some preliminary information that may have gone wrong with the landing attempt, which was carried out autonomously. The first technical case occurred about 14 km above the surface of the moon, causing a chain of events that led to a temporary failure of the main engine of the spacecraft. (This may have been the case with one of the IMU Beresheet modules, or inertial units, but just SpaceIL did not specify the reason). At this altitude, the spacecraft was already ready to land on the Moon
Eventually, the main engine's function returned, but at that moment the spacecraft was only 150 meters from the ground, moving up to 500 km / h to the surface. It goes without saying that it was a terminal speed. SpaceIL engineers intend to conduct "comprehensive tests" this week to better understand the sequence of events that caused the temporary failure of the main engine.
Meanwhile, the project received awards for openness and readiness to fail in public opinion. NASA has been pursuing a similar policy since its inception.
"I want to thank @TeamSpaceIL for having landed it with millions of viewers around the world, despite the knowledge of the risks," NASA's chief scientist, Thomas Zurbuchen, ] wrote after landing. "We do the same, because we believe in the value of research and inspiration throughout the world, and we encourage all international and commercial researchers to do the same!" This did not appear to be a very thin impulse to China, which recently landed on the far side of the Moon, but announced it only a few hours after the mission's success.
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