After its failed attempt to land, SapceIL's spacecraft Beresheet crashed onto the moon surface Thrusday, but the project is not destined to end there. Israeli state-owned defense contractor Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI). also took part in its development, which continued even after the competition ended with no timely victor.
"As a testament to the team's passion and persistence, we are presenting this $1 million Moonshot Award to the SpaceIL team at our annual Visioneering Summit in October 2019, with the hope that they will use these funds as seed money towards their education outreach or Beresheet 2.0, a second attempt to fulfill the mission", said XPRIZE CEO Anousheh Ansari.
Kahn, an Israeli philanthropist, donated $42 million of the $100 million cost of the mission.
"NASA has expressed regret over the failure of the Genesis mission to land on the moon, but we commended spaceIL for its privately funded mission to orbit the moon". "We're going to put it on the moon, and we're going to complete the mission".
So far, only three nations have succeeded in carrying out a controlled landing on the lunar surface - the United States, the Soviet Union and China. Ofer Doron, director of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) described the dramatic moments trying to save the project. He said in the interview that Israeli government participation amounted to about $3 million. Kahn also said the team is meeting this weekend to start planning the new Beresheet 2.0 project. Had Beresheet with 75% fuel weight landed successfully on the moon, it would have spent a few days on the lunar surface, studied the moon's magnetic field and sent back photos and data to the earth.