Will Israel's first mission to the moon be accelerated right after its launch?
On Friday morning (Israeli time, Thursday night local time), the Israeli-built Beresheet lunar landing spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, kicked the first Israeli space mission.
On Sunday, the unmanned spacecraft's control team in Ramat Gan, Israel, reported that Beresheet had successfully completed its first planned maneuvering.
The problems began to develop afterwards with malfunctions reported in the spacecraft's star tracking navigation system.
On Monday quarter, the spacecraft failed to perform a scheduled maneuver after built-in system resets itself in an apparent error.
The setback raised questions on Tuesday morning about the spacecraft's ability to complete its mission to the moon on time ̵
SpaceIL, the private company behind the launch, is still convinced that Beresheet will complete its lunar landing plan and reach the lunar surface on April 11.
SpaceIL CEO Dr. Ido Antebi said that at least for now, the error does not seem to prevent the spacecraft from landing on the moon according to plan.
"If we succeed in fixing the error within a day or two, there is no reason why the error should force a change in the date of arrival at the moon."
But others seemed less secure, Arutz Sheva has learned.
When Ofer Doron, a senior official in Israel Aerospace Industries, was asked Tuesday morning, if the malfunction that occurred on board the Beresheet spacecraft on Monday night would endanger the mission to the moon, he said the problem was still pending .
"We still don't know, we're studying the issue. At the moment I'm not terribly worried," said Doron, adding that "the more we understand what caused the malfunction, the more we know how to prevent it again."
"In fact, it all happened When there was no communication, Doron continued." With the spacecraft, Doron continued. "
" And just as we sometimes see in movies, they are losing communication, they lose it – they know it's going to happen and they & # 39; waiting again with this great impatience, this expectation, and waiting for communications to recover, and it never comes back the moment you expect it. So you wait and wait and wait – and finally you get communication back. First of all, you are glad that the communication came back, but then you see that the maneuver was not finished and you are trying to understand why. There were moments of great tension in the control room last night. "