April 14, 2019

On April 13, SpaceIL Chairman Morris Kahn announces the establishment of Beresheet 2.

“This is part of my message to the younger generation: Even if you do not succeed, you get up again and try,” said Kahn, who will recruit a new group of donors to support the launch of another unmanned spacecraft to the moon. A technical team is already in place to begin the project immediately.

The second attempt kicks off with a $1 million Moonshot Award from the X Prize Foundation in recognition of SpaceIL’s unprecedented accomplishment in getting a privately funded spacecraft to the moon.

SpaceIL Chairman Morris Kahn, left, with SpaceIL systems engineering manager Alex Friedman, head of the control room team at IAI in Yehud. Photo by Eliran Avital