Lunar lander of “Genesis” private Israeli company SpaceIL was able to resume its journey to the Earth after the control center, the mission conducted the second required orbital maneuver of the device, reports Space News. This maneuver module was supposed to do in the early weeks, however, before the start of the correcting engines have been a computer glitch. The next few days, SpaceIL engineers spent on the analysis of the telemetry, trying to understand possible causes of this error, which, as noted, never appeared in computer simulations of the flight.
On the official page of SpaceIL on Twitter said that on the night of March 1 the mission team was able to cut the cause of the failure and successfully conducted a second corrective maneuver during which the engine worked for four minutes. In the near future apparatus needs to enter an elongated elliptical orbit, the farthest point at the distance of 131 thousand kilometers from Earth.
“We managed to solve several developments over the last days problems. This is quite normal, when a new spacecraft happen to children’s problems,” commented ofer Doron, the representative of Israel Aerospace Industries, to create a lander.
“Restarting the computer has not been associated with failures in the real hardware. We managed to get rid of them by sending to the probe a few software commands. Nothing serious happened, but I’m not surprised that we have other problems in the coming weeks. Not all can be checked on the Ground,” added Doron
In the coming weeks a planned further maneuvers by which the orbit of the machine will be gradually lifted until, until it reaches the moon. To enter lunar orbit, the probe is scheduled tentatively for April 11. After that, the control center of the mission will begin preparations for his landing in the crater of the Sea of Clarity, where he will run for two earth days.
Tasks of the device will be photographing the surface of the satellite, as well as the quality of the magnetic field. If all goes well, “Genesis” will be the first ever private spacecraft, which not only reach the moon, and conduct research.