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The race to the moon is coming to Tel Aviv - SpaceIL will host the heads of the other groups

The SpaceIL association was chosen to host in the city the annual international summit conference of the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition * SpaceIL, which works to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon, will host in Israel the summit of the teams participating in the Google Lunar XPRIZE international competition.

Leaders in the competition. Imaging of the Israeli spacecraft on the moon. Figure courtesy of SpaceIL
Leaders in the competition. Imaging of the Israeli spacecraft on the moon. Figure courtesy of 30

The SpaceIL association was chosen to host in the city the annual international summit conference of the Lunar XPRIZE Google competition
SpaceIL, which is working to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon, will host in Israel the summit of the teams participating in the Google Lunar XPRIZE international competition.

The summit will be held in Tel Aviv, starting on August 31, 2016. For the past eight years, the annual summit conference of the teams has been hosted each time in a different city in the world, under the auspices of the local team. This meeting served as an opportunity for the teams competing in the Google Lunar XPRIZE - a modern private (non-governmental) international race to the moon - to gather from all over the world and present their achievements.

"We are excited to come to Tel Aviv to mark this important milestone and to celebrate together with all the amazing and talented teams in the competition the new space economy", said Shanda Gonzalez, Senior Director, Google Lunar XPRIZE. "As one of the only two teams in the competition with a launch contract, we are delighted to visit SpaceIL's home country for the final team summit meeting before the final stage of the competition."

The summit conference will be held between August 31, 2016 and September 2, 2016 at the Google Tel Aviv campus. The representatives of the competing teams will come from all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, India, Italy, Hungary, Brazil and even Malaysia. In addition, senior representatives of Google and the XPRIZE Foundation will arrive. This is the last year before the competition comes to an end, in which the summit will take place.

"We are excited that SpaceIL, which was the first team in the competition to announce a launch contract, will provide an opportunity for all Google Lunar XPRIZE competitors to visit Israel, at the last summit conference. This is the closing of a circle for the Israeli team, which symbolically was the last team to enter the competition." said CEO of SpaceIL, Eran Pribman. "I would like to thank the city of Tel Aviv, which has come together to host this important international convention, will hang billboards welcoming them throughout the city and will even illuminate the walls of the city hall with festive lighting."

4 תגובות

  1. What seems strange to me about Israeli behavior. The money comes from beggars. With Fiat or General Motors they want to develop something, they have their own bank. A country wants trains or planes. Companies have convenient purchase-loan programs. Why doesn't the Israeli arms and space industry have such financing funds? Why is it necessary to be humiliated in front of America? Amir Peretz had to obtain a loan for the development of the Iron Dome - there was no designated fund for this

  2. Something is not entirely clear to me, the team that first lands its spaceship on the moon and carries out the mission will win, right? So don't the competitors have an interest in keeping their cards close to their chest and not revealing what stage they are in and how close they are to shipping? When is the Israeli team scheduled to launch, and can't one of the other competitors suddenly surprise tomorrow morning and launch the spacecraft without warning?

  3. Israel needs to build a large fund to invest in research and procurement of weapons and space products. That way we will not need assistance from the USA

  4. Good luck with the project - and maybe it's worth it for the State of Israel to launch a spacecraft that will bring a soil and rock sample from the moon. The find can be researched, or presented in the nature museum that may be established at some point. The knowledge and technology will give Israel an advantage in the future of the space industry - and make Israel an attractive factor in the field. And maybe even initiate cooperation with Egypt and Turkey. When we come from a position of strength and experience, in practical research in space and the moon

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