>> The sky is definitely not the limits for this Israeli non-profit group. It's aiming for the moon. SpaceIL is launching an unmanned spacecraft which it hopes will touchdown on the moon in February next year, t The first landing of its kind since 2013. Only three of the countries have made soft landings on the moon, the US, Russia and China.
Now SpaceIL says it's Israel's turn to take its place alongside the global superpowers. The engineers have a budget of $90 million, which is considered relatively cheap for this kind of project and are mainly backed by private donors, including Israeli billionaire, Morris Kahn, and there's no room for error.
>> We are gonna do it in time and we have no alternative. If we miss this rocket, we're out of play.>> SpaceIL says it's also revolutionary because it has developed the so-called space hop. This means it can land and then take off again and then perform another landing 500 meters away.
Once on the moon, the one and a half meter high spacecraft will transmit pictures and videos back to Earth, but not before it's planted Israel's flag on the moon.