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The Beresheet lunar lander is being readied for transport to Florida

https://twitter.com/TeamSpaceIL/status/1085238048743395330

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Likely flight available here:

https://fr24.com/ICL1951/1f364056
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AHEAD OF HISTORIC MOON MISSION, SPACEIL TRANSPORTS FIRST ISRAELI SPACECRAFT TO FLORIDA
BEN GURION AIRPORT, Israel, Jan. 17 – Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)’s first lunar spacecraft began a historic journey to the moon today, when it was transported in a cargo plane from Ben Gurion Airport to Orlando, Florida, ahead of launching from SpaceX Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station next month.

SpaceIL and IAI recently packed the 180-kilogram spacecraft into a special temperature-controlled, sterile shipping container, built to protect the spacecraft and ensure it arrives safely at the launch site. After landing at Orlando International Airport, the spacecraft – named Beresheet (the Hebrew word for in the beginning) – will then be driven to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where it will be added as a secondary payload by launch service provider Spaceflight. It will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket together with a geostationary communications satellite built by SSL. The launch is targeted for no earlier than mid-February.

“After eight years of hard work, our dream has come true: We finally have a spacecraft,” said SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby. “Shipping the spacecraft to the United States is the first stage of a complicated and historic journey to the moon. This is the first of many exciting moments, as we look forward to the forthcoming launch in Cape Canaveral.”

IAI Director of Logistics Eyal Shitrit said that though IAI has extensive experience in complex shipping projects, “the transporting of Beresheet is a unique challenge since this is a once-in-a-lifetime mission and there is no backup plan – this spacecraft must arrive safely.”

In addition to the container holding Beresheet, two more containers will be included in the cargo plane, which itself is temperature controlled. SpaceIL and IAI engineers will accompany the spacecraft on the flight to Florida, and more engineers will join them in Cape Canaveral. Beresheet will undergo final tests before being launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Upon completing its lunar mission ­– the first in Israel’s history and the first that’s privately funded – Israel would join superpowers China, Russia and the United States in landing a spacecraft on the moon.

Since the establishment of SpaceIL, the task of landing an Israeli spacecraft on the moon has become a national project, with educational impact, funded mainly by Morris Kahn, a philanthropist and businessman who took the lead in completing the mission, serving as SpaceIL’s president and financing $40 million.
 
"The excitement we all feel today will only intensify moving forward, and I can't wait for the next milestone,” said Kahn. “This is only the beginning."
 
Additional donors include Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson – whose $24 million contribution enabled the project to continue – and Lynn Schusterman, Steven and Nancy Grand, Sylvan Adams, Sami Sagol and others.

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Countdown timer taken at 1249EST today, which gives a local (at the launch site) launch date now on the 18th (UTC on the 19th).
« Last Edit: 01/22/2019 06:08 pm by gongora »

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"Satu" means "one" in Indonesian, so "Nusantara Satu" is actually "Nusantara 1"("Palapa N1" is also known as "Nusantara Dua" which is "Nusantara 2")

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Do we know, or are we likely to see, how the two spacecraft are mounted on the Falcon?
Did SpaceX or Spaceflight Services build a Sylda-like encapsulation for Bereisheet?   
and do we think that beefy decihexapod above is GSE or part of the flight system?
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Mounted on the cylindrical structure on top of PSN-6?

https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-falcon-9-lunar-rideshare-launch-prime-payload-florida-arrival/psn-6-satellite-ssl/
Yes. Was originally meant to allow stacked launches of either SSL-500 and SSL-1300 or a combination of the 2 bus version.

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Interviewed the mission director last week, more to come soon. Beresheet will be mounted on top of PSN-6 and deployed immediately after GTO insertion to exploit the Oberth Effect. The other copassenger will remain with PSN-6 up to GEO.

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What is this mysterious other passenger I keep hearing of? Is it a military payload?

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What is this mysterious other passenger I keep hearing of? Is it a military payload?

"US government" was the most Spaceflight was willing to reveal. Probably DARPA, if I had to guess.

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What is this mysterious other passenger I keep hearing of? Is it a military payload?
Spaceflight's GTO-1 mission which contains presently undisclosed payloads some of which are said by some sources to be for an undisclosed government agency. Their are some US Army and Navy payloads awaiting rideshare opportunities, but it is unknown if this flight can accommodate their orbital needs.

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What is this mysterious other passenger I keep hearing of? Is it a military payload?
Spaceflight's GTO-1 mission which contains presently undisclosed payloads some of which are said by some sources to be for an undisclosed government agency. Their are some US Army and Navy payloads awaiting rideshare opportunities, but it is unknown if this flight can accommodate their orbital needs.

Spaceflight said that there was just one other microsat copassenger aside from Beresheet. They aren't really trying to be secretive but are still trying to not advertise their involvement.
« Last Edit: 01/30/2019 09:04 pm by vaporcobra »

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Related to this mission.

ARTICLE: As new lunar race heats up, the Moon answers a centuries old question of craters on Earth -

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2019/02/new-lunar-race-moon-answers-question-craters-earth/

- By Chris Gebhardt

https://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight/status/1091451721879044096
« Last Edit: 02/01/2019 08:44 pm by Chris Bergin »

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Israeli lunar lander passes tests in preparation for SpaceX launch to the moon

BY ALAN BOYLE on January 30, 2019 at 10:54 am

https://www.geekwire.com/2019/israeli-lunar-lander-passes-tests-preparation-spacex-launch-moon/

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Israeli lunar lander passes tests in preparation for SpaceX launch to the moon

BY ALAN BOYLE on January 30, 2019 at 10:54 am

https://www.geekwire.com/2019/israeli-lunar-lander-passes-tests-preparation-spacex-launch-moon/

Too bad future launches/missions will be with BO moon lander.

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OHB has also partnered with Blue Origin, the Kent, Wash.-based space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, on a future moon mission that would use Blue Origin’s significantly larger Blue Moon Lander.[quote/]

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Israeli lunar lander passes tests in preparation for SpaceX launch to the moon

BY ALAN BOYLE on January 30, 2019 at 10:54 am

https://www.geekwire.com/2019/israeli-lunar-lander-passes-tests-preparation-spacex-launch-moon/

Too bad future launches/missions will be with BO moon lander.

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OHB has also partnered with Blue Origin, the Kent, Wash.-based space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, on a future moon mission that would use Blue Origin’s significantly larger Blue Moon Lander.
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Why is that "too bad?"

The more companies working on economic rather than political incentives to provide space access, and compete with one another to supply launch services to the market, the better for all of us who follow space technology development and want more of what the "promise" of spaceflight looked like 50 years ago.

If OHB wants to purchase a flight on a Blue rocket and lander, that's great!  They've just got to wait 'til 2021 or later to get that flight.  But it's wonderful that more options are coming to be. 
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This is off topic.

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For the record,  "Nusantara Satu" translates exactly to "one archipelago" (word order gets reversed so Satu which means 1, comes first) without "Indonesian" in it.

I asked my wife, a native Indonesian and teacher of Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian language) to non Indonesian speakers, and that's what she told me. The material in the intro post isn't quite right, it has too much stuff in it.
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