Beresheet 2

Summary

Beresheet 2 lander
Websitewww.spaceil.com
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftBeresheet 2
Spacecraft typeLunar lander and orbiter
Manufacturer  SpaceIL
Start of mission
Launch date2024 (planned)[1]
 

Beresheet 2 is a planned private space mission intended to land a spacecraft on the Moon in 2024.

History

The mission was announced by the SpaceIL voluntary association, shortly after the conclusion of the first Beresheet mission in April 2019.[2] It was announced on 26 June 2019, that the mission will not target the Moon, and instead it will be to another undisclosed object.[3][4]

On 25 November 2019, it was simultaneously announced that the Moon would indeed be the target of Beresheet 2, and that SpaceIL plans to send another lander to Mars.[5][6]

As with the first mission, the current main source of funding for Beresheet 2 is businessman Morris Kahn.[7]

On 16 January 2020, SpaceIL announced that they have officially started to work on Beresheet 2 as they were given the first million dollar funding for the spacecraft.

On 5 February 2020, Shimon Sarid was appointed as CEO of SpaceIL. In this role Sarid will lead the Beresheet 2 project.[8]

On July 2020, engineer Yoav Heichal, former chief engineer of Better Place Ltd, has joined the program as structural engineer.[citation needed]

On 9 December 2020, SpaceIL announced that the Beresheet 2 Moon mission will launch in 2024, and will consist of an orbiter and two landers. It will have a budget of $100 million, similar to that of Beresheet 1, and will include more international collaboration, with the United Arab Emirates as one of seven countries expressing interest.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b "Israel launches second bid to put a lander on the moon; UAE may join". The Times of Israel. 9 December 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  2. ^ Gough, Evan (16 April 2019). "Despite the Crash, SpaceIL is Going Back to the Moon with Beresheet 2". Universe Today.
  3. ^ SpaceIL: Beresheet won't attempt moon landing, will seek another challenge. Eytan Halon and Hagay Hacohen, The Jerusalem Post. 26 June 2019.
  4. ^ Israeli team will no longer send a second spacecraft to the Moon. Natt Garun, The Verge. 26 June 2019.
  5. ^ Keyser, Zachary (2019-11-28). "SpaceIL heading back to space, mission to Mars on the horizon". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
  6. ^ Jerenberg, Batya (2019-11-25). "SpaceIL reveals new moon mission set for 2022, with Mars attempt in works". World Israel News. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
  7. ^ SpaceIL on Twitter: "The dream goes on! Morris Kahn just announced the launching of Beresheet 2.0" (13 April 2019).
  8. ^ SpaceIL announces new CEO Shimon Sarid to lead Beresheet 2 project., Zachary Keyser, The Jerusalem Post. 5 February 2020.