suffered hiccups early Tuesday. SpaceIL's Beresheet Israeli Space Organization has had to burn the engine to raise its elliptical orbit around the Earth, but instead, its computer is rebooting unexpectedly. As a result, the maneuver is automatically canceled.
In a statement, SpaceIL said it was exploring the data with its partner Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and analyzing the situation.
"At present, spacecraft systems work well, except for the known problem in the tracking unit." , which helps to determine its position in space, is sensitive to sunlight. SpaceIL said it was working
SpaceIL representatives did not respond immediately to a request for more information on how the problems could affect the Beresheet mission.
SpaceIL was one of the original Google Lunar XPrize competitors. While the competitionthe project advanced with the help of IAI and several very large donations from billionaire businessmen Maurice Kahn and Sheldon Adelson.
Beresheet has been built and released at a relatively small budget of about $ 1
Fortunately, SpaceIL claims that Beresheet has remained in communication with his control center so far and is ready to try again to launch the orbit.
After a complex set of orbits around the Earth and then on the moon, Beresheet tries to make a landing of the moon in April.