Israel’s Beresheet fails at lunar landing, but IAI partnership with Europe’s OHB on commercial landers appears intact

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — “Let’s hope we won’t have too many lessons learned from the first flight,” Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Space Division General Manager Opher Doron said before the launch of the IAI/SpaceIL Beresheet lunar lander in February as ride-share passenger aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

There are surely lots of lessons to be learned from Beresheet’s failure to land correctly after making its way, with apparent success, to just meters above the lunar surface on April 11.

The . . .

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