This Israeli Team is Hopping Its Way to the Lunar X-Prize
The Ansari XPRIZE helped kick off a new era of space exploration by opening up a challenge for private suborbital flight. But since then, the XPRIZE Foundation set its sights a little higher – about 238,000 miles away. And now, Israeli team SpaceIL looks to be the closest to the finish line of the Google Lunar XPRIZE, becoming the first team in the competition to certify a launch with the foundation.
While other teams have announced work on contracts to fly, SpaceIL is the only one certified by the XPRIZE Foundation thus far, and by reaching that milestone, the team has extended the deadline for all other competitors by a year. SpaceIL’s contracted SpaceX for a Falcon 9 flight to an unspecified part of the moon in late 2017. Once there, the team will have to get a lander to the surface and move a craft 500 meters to claim the $30 million prize.
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