Israel Doubles Down on Beresheet 2.0
Beresheet crashed on its April moon landing, still making it the first privately funded spacecraft to reach lunar orbit
Beresheet got its start as a private attempt by Israeli nonprofit organization SpaceIL to win Google’s 10-year space race competition Lunar X Prize. The spacecraft was developed in partnership with Israeli state-owned defense contractor Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI). The project continued after the competition’s deadline passed with no winner, with Beresheet launching in February on the back of a SpaceX rocket.
SpaceIL president and main investor Morris Kahn announced Beresheet 2.0 immediately after the first craft crashed during its attempted lunar landing. The new craft is expected to require a smaller budget as it will build on existing experience.