First private lunar lander “Genesis”, owned by the Israeli company SpaceIL, held the fourth and last major corrective maneuver to exit on a trajectory of convergence with the satellite of our planet. It is reported portal Space.com with reference to ofer Doron, head of the space branch of IAI, created lander.
Earlier, having survived a small issue with reboot main computer, “Genesis” has held three successful maneuver, which gradually bring him to a trajectory of convergence with the Moon.
Yesterday, Israeli probe has spent the last, fourth course correction in which he included the engines for about 60 seconds. This maneuver significantly increased the height of the orbit “Bereshit”, increasing its apogee (the furthest point from the Earth) to 405, 000 kilometers, which is already beyond the orbit of the satellite of our planet.
“This is the last major corrective maneuver on the way to the moon. We can say that we have successfully started on the path of rapprochement with the satellite,” commented Doron.
He also noted that the constant rebooting of the computer associated with the high level of radiation and problems with sensors the position of the stars and Sun did a similar style of rapprochement with the Moon unexpectedly difficult and dangerous to probe. However, most problems were avoided after software update “Bereshit”.
The team adds that in the coming days may have to conduct a series of small orbit corrections, but a long-term engine burns no longer needed. To reach the planned orbit around the moon unit 4 APR.
The historic landing of a private module is scheduled for April 11, in the crater of the Sea of Clarity. At the moment only three space powers – the USSR, USA and China – were able to conduct a successful soft landing spacecraft on the surface of the satellite. Israel could become the fourth country, while the project invested much less money, than other mission designated space agencies – a total of about $ 100 million, most of which was raised through private investors.
The development of the Israeli lander began the competition Google Lunar X Prize with a prize pool of $ 30 million. The objective of the contest was the creation of a lunar Rover that can get to the Earth, to make a soft landing, and then to make several movements on the surface of the moon, having a photo or video. In the end, in time for the deadline of the competition couldn’t one of the participants. Nevertheless, the Israeli team SpaceIL together with its partner IAI decided to continue the development of the unit, which, as it turns out, has an interesting style of movement – he’s not going as you would expect from any other Rover, and jumps.
It is expected that after landing, “Genesis” will be able to conduct scientific data collection about the magnetic field of the satellite and conduct the photographing surface. However, the key aim of the project is called the desire to motivate the younger generation to show more interest in science and technology.
The output of the device in space took place on 21 February with the help of rocket u American company.