The first Israeli mission on the moon seems to have resumed Thursday, following a malfunction earlier in the week, which forced the cancellation of a planned maneuver.
Thursday, SpaceIL, the private Israeli company that designed the unmanned lunar spacecraft Beresheet, announced that the craft had completed its last maneuver successfully at 21:30. Israeli time.
The Beresheet control team, based in Ramat Gan (Israel), had been working since Monday night to investigate a bug that allegedly caused the spacecraft to malfunction, preventing it from carrying out a successful maneuver.
On Thursday night, however, the SpaceIL team said it had completed its investigation of the malfunction and took "corrective action."
"After completing the review of computer resets and implementing corrective actions, Beresheet completed a maneuver tonight at 9:30 pm. The spacecraft is en route to an elliptical orbit where the farthest point on Earth is 131,000 km. "
"The maneuver was executed as planned and Beresheet's main engine was activated for 4 minutes. The next maneuver is scheduled for another week. "