First private Moon lander now in orbit around the Moon – SSC supporting historic Moon mission

After a successful lunar capture on April 4th, the Israeli Moon lander Beresheet is now close to its final destination – supported by the Swedish Space Corporation. The international Space community is following the final landing on the surface of the Moon – estimated to April 11th - with excitement and anticipation.

April 5th, 2019 -- The spacecraft Beresheet was launched on a SpaceX rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida on February 21st.  Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) has designed the ground communications network solution used by the spacecraft on its journey to the Moon.

The space flight has involved a number of orbits around the Earth and planned course maneuvers to set the correct course trajectory – and finally the lunar capture which occurred on April 4th when the spacecraft entered into orbit around the Moon. 

The spacecraft is estimated to land on April 11th. If the landing is successful, the spacecraft will conduct measurements on the Moon’s magnetic field and send images and high resolution video to Earth.

The mission is organized by the Israeli non-profit organization SpaceIL. This will be the first privately funded lunar mission to land on the Moon. The underlying objective according to SpaceIL, is to inspire young people to choose scientific education paths.

With the solution that SSC has developed, SpaceIL has been able to maintain communications with the spacecraft around the clock using the strategically located ground antennas that comprise SSC’s Global Ground Station Network.  This includes stations in Australia, Chile, Hawaii, South Africa, Sweden and as well as collaborative stations operated by the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

– It is a highly interesting project for the Space community and it has also been an exciting challenge for the SSC engineering team to design the communications solution for the whole mission.  Now we are all awaiting the landing with great excitement, says John Taylor, Chief Engineer at SSC.

SpaceIL was founded as a result of a competition organized by Google rewarding the first privately funded team to land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon.The competition ended without a winner in 2018, but SpaceIL continued its efforts to land a vehicle on the Moon.

More information on SpaceIL:  www.spaceil.com

More information on SSC ground station network:  https://www.sscspace.com/ssc-worldwide/ground-station-network/



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Head of Communications SSC
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