ceClub: Beresheet's Journey to The Moon

Speaker:
Noam Leiter (AE. Technion)
Date:
Wednesday, 20.11.2019, 11:30
Place:
Electrical Eng. Building 861

SpaceIL made history when Beresheet, the first privately funded spacecraft, have reached the Moon with a minute budget of 100M$. After eight years of planning, Beresheet's journey started on February 22nd, 2019, when SpaceIL's lunar lander has been launched to space on top of a Falcon 9 launcher. During its 49 days space journey, Beresheet performed a series of successful autonomous maneuvers that brought it from Earth orbit to lunar orbit, and on April 11th, 2019 after orbiting the Moon for seven days the landing sequence was initiated. A few minutes into the landing a series of events ended in the main thruster shutdown and Beresheet crashed into the Moon, adding Israel to the exclusive club of countries that reached the moon and inspiring millions from across the globe to dream big. This talk will unravel some of the algorithmic and software technological challenges of this fascinating journey and the important lessons learned.

Bio:
Noam Leiter has received his B.Sc. in 2011 and M.Sc. in 2015, both in aerospace engineering at the Technion. He has been working as a control engineer for SpaceIL from 2014 until 2019, developing spacecraft guidance and control algorithms. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the faculty of aerospace engineering at the Technion under the supervision of Prof. Dan Zelazo.

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