The United States and the former Soviet Union sent terrible robots to the moon from 1966, part of the space race that culminated when the Apollo 11 astronauts have market on the moon in 1969. In 2013, China became the third country to send a spaceship. to the moon, and this year he became the first to land on the other side of the moon.
In November 2010, the founders of SpaceIL were in a hurry to get to the start line. The Google contest was announced three years ago. Thirty teams were already registered and the submission deadline was the end of the year. Friends and family, Mr. Bash, Mr. Damari and Mr. Winetraub exchanged $ 50,000 for the registration fee and on December 31, they sent the money and documents with less than two hours of free time.
From the beginning, their speech was intended for philanthropists and not for venture capitalists.
"It's a very different story from a trading company trying to explain how it's going to make investor investment," Bash said. "This is one of the best decisions we made at the beginning."
One of the people who heard their presentation was Morris Kahn, an Israeli telecommunications billionaire. "I gave them $ 100,000, no questions asked," Kahn said, "and I said," Start. "
Mr. Kahn said at the beginning that he just wanted to help. "Finally, not only did I get sucked, but I got sucked," he said. "I am excited about this project."
Mr. Kahn became president of SpaceIL and recruited other investors, including Sheldon Adelson, billionaire of the casinos in Las Vegas and major donor of the Republican Party in the United States.
As a non-profit organization, SpaceIL has also harnessed the energy of volunteers. "If you were interested in space and wanted to do something beyond your daily work, you could volunteer and donate your time," Winetraub said. m said.