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Friday, October 16, 2015

SpaceIL the first of the 16 teams signed the Google Moon Rover deal

An Israeli non-profit company, SpaceIL has announced that it became the first company to obtain a contract from the Google Lunar XPRIZE to launch a spacecraft to the Moon.

Through the Google Lunar XPRIZE project, Google held a contest for anyone who is able to send spacecraft to the Moon Space. Google provides a total of 30 million dollars The real prize of US. $30 million prize itself divided into several criteria.
An artist's rendering of the SpaceIL lunar spacecraft. The probe could become the first privately-funded craft to land on the Moon. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1VEC98e)
Each team, company or organization that wants to be involved in the competition and won the $20 million (first prize) must qualify include:
  1. 90% of the manufacturing cost of spacecraft should come from the private pockets or from the private sector. So it should not be funded by the Government.
  2. The spacecraft itself should be able to transmit HD Video and Image of the Moon to the Earth.
  3. During the Moon, the spacecraft must be at least roam as far as 500 meters.
The next prize for the 2nd winner worth $5 million. And $5 million again will be distributed to each team judged to meet certain requirements of the project.
SpaceIL has released details of its latest design concept. (Picture from: http://usat.ly/1RJgqqd)
SpaceIL itself was formed in 2010 and became the first team to get this project contacts. If SpaceIL successfully launched their spacecraft to the moon, then they will become the first private funded organization that sent a spacecraft to the Moon.
The Falcon ride is actually booked with an intermediary, Spaceflight Industries, which has a contract with SpaceX . (Picture from: http://usat.ly/1RJgqqd)
Another team that got the contract, will also launch their own spacecraft to the Moon. This project should be completed by the end of 2017. So all the teams are chosen to be launching their spacecraft before the end of 2017. SpaceIL rides will be launched by the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SPACEIL | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS]
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