The first Isle Moon spacecraft successfully conducted its first maneuver on Sunday after it finishes its first orbit around the ground, said the team of the Beresheet private project.
According to a joint statement by IAI and SpaceIL, the 30-second maneuver made at 69,400 kilometers from the Earth allowed the spacecraft to move closer to the moon.
The four-legged Beresheet, barely the size of a washing machine, will travel the Earth in ever larger contours until it is captured by the moon's gravity and will instead enter the orbit around the moon. Touchdown is scheduled for April 11 in the sea of tranquility.
Sunday's maneuver will increase the nearest point of the spacecraft to Earth [during its elliptical orbit] at a distance of 600 kilometers, "the statement said.
The statement emphasizes that the maneuver implementation has taken into account the problems of the starship's stellar navigation system. on the screens of the command center in Yehud, Israel. After the successful launch of Beresheet in space early on Friday morning, the team in the control room began looking for a small problem with its stellar navigation system.
The Israeli team said that the sunshine of the spacecraft sensors made it harder than the spacecraft was expected to orientate according to the position of the stars while preparing for its first orbit around the Earth, the first stage of its slow seven- weekly trip to the moon.
The team said he thought the question was insignificant and said there were other ways for the craft to maneuver on the right path.
The next maneuver is scheduled for Tuesday night.
Beresheet, which means "[Genesis] in Hebrew, lifted by Cape Canaveral at the top of the Falcon 9 rocket by the private American Spaceon of the entrepreneur Elon Musk.
Agencies contributed to this report.