It will be launched via a rocket from Elon Musk's SpaceX firm this December, and it's expected to land on the moon on February 13, 2019.
In addition to taking photos on the surface of the moon, the spacecraft will measure its magnetic field at the landing site, using a magnetometer installed on it.
The Aerospace Industries in Israel and SpaceIL launched the new space vehicle, which took eight long years of collective endeavors, and US$95 Mn to develop the smallest airship till date.
The entire journey, from launch to landing, will last approximately two months.
Hopefully, the success of the mission will inspire scientific curiosity among Israeli youth.Kahn said, "We are trying to replicate the Apollo effect in America", referring to the American program, which first landed on the Moon in 1969."If we continue to be a start-up country, then we have to meet engineers."But before its launch, according to Damari, the pod and its project have shown great interest among the children". Only Russia, China and the United States have managed to conquer the Moon and wave their flag on Earth's lone natural satellite's.
That 20 Million competition challenged the private companies to try to land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon.
The maximum speed expected to reach is over 10 km per second (36,000 kilometers, or almost 22,370 miles, per hour), the report adds.
Morris Kahn, South African-Israeli tycoon, owner of SpaceIL, who has given US$27 Mn to the project, was very enthusiastic: "The dispatch of the first Israeli airship will get pride for Israel, in the 70th year". It will then ignite its engines and reduce its speed to allow the moon's gravity to pull it in, and will begin orbiting it.
"What we're doing is we're trying to replicate the Apollo effect in the United States", Kahn told reporters, referring to the surge in interest in science and engineering after the USA space program landed on the moon in 1969. Over the years, additional partners from the private sector, government companies and academia have joined, including Weizmann Institute of Science; Israel Space Agency; the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space; Bezeq and others.