Israeli lander "Bereshit" almost made it to the Moon

The first private lunar lander "Genesis", owned by the Israeli company SpaceIL, held the fourth and last major correction maneuver to enter the path of rapprochement with the satellite of our planet. It is reported by Space.com portal, referring to the Ofer Doron, the head space of the IAI branch, created the lander.

Israeli lander

After experiencing a small problem previously associated with rebooting the host computer, "Genesis" has already held three successful maneuver, which gradually brings it to the path of rapprochement with the Moon.

Yesterday Israeli probe had the fourth and last course correction, in which he turned on the engine for about 60 seconds. This maneuver has significantly increased the height of the orbit "Bereshita", raising its apogee (farthest point from Earth) to 405 000 kilometers, which is already beyond the orbit of the satellite of our planet.

"This is the last major correction maneuver on the way to the moon. We can say that we have successfully entered the convergence path with the satellite ", - said Doron.

He also noted that the constant rebooting the computer associated with high levels of radiation and the malfunction of the sensor positions of the stars and the sun, made a similar manner closer to the moon unexpectedly difficult and dangerous for a probe. However, most of the problems has been avoided after a software update "Bereshita". mission team adds that in the coming days may be required to hold a series of small corrections of the orbit, but as long-term activation of the engine is no longer needed. Reach the planned orbit around the moon, the machine must 4 April.

Historical private landing module is scheduled for April 11, in the crater of sea clarity. At the moment, only three space powers - the USSR, the USA and China - were able to conduct a successful soft landing spacecraft on the surface of Earth's satellite. Israel could become the fourth country, while this project has been invested much less money than in other mission designated space agencies - a total of about $ 100 million, the bulk of which was contracted by private investors.

Development of the Israeli lander began back in the competition Google Lunar X Prize with a prize fund of $ 30 million. The aim of the competition was to create a lunar rover that can reach the Earth's satellite, carried out a soft landing, and then make some movement on the lunar surface, having a photo or record a video. As a result, in time for the deadline of the competition could not, none of the participants. Nevertheless, the Israeli team SpaceIL together with its partner IAI decided to continue the development of the device, which, as it turns out, has an interesting style of movement - it does not go as you would expect from any other lunar rover, and jumps. It is expected that after landing, "Genesis" will be able to conduct research to collect data about the magnetic field of the Earth and the satellite to conduct photographing surface. However, a key goal of the project developers call it the desire to motivate the younger generation, so that they show more interest in science and technology.

Output device into space on February 21 by the US company Falcon 9 SpaceX-booster.

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