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Israel Back on Track to the Moon

SpaceIL Obtains Crucial Financing round for the Launch of the “Beresheet 2” Spacecraft in 2024.


Patrick Drahi, Martin Moshal and Morris Kahn will donate together US$ 70 million in favor of the mission.

“Beresheet 2” will make Israel the first country in history to land two spacecraft in a single mission.

Upon completion of the financing round, Morris Kahn was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of SpaceIL alongside the appointment of new directors:

- Angelina Drahi Chairwoman of the Patrick & Lina Drahi Foundation,

- Amalia Zarka, General Manager of the Patrick & Lina Drahi Foundation;

- Tal Granot-Goldstein, CEO of HOT Group;

- Frank Malul- CEO of i24news,

- Aviad Eyal, Managing Partner of Entrée Capital & the representative of the Moshal Space Foundation;

- Dafna Jackson, CEO of the Kahn family office.


SpaceIL announced today (11.7.21) the obtaining of financing in the remarkable amount of US$ 70 million, paving Israel’s way to a second mission to the Moon. The finance was obtained from a group of entrepreneurs-philanthropists, comprising Patrick Drahi (Patrick and Lina Drahi Foundation), Morris Kahn (Kahn Foundation) and the Moshal Space Foundation, in partnership with Entrée Capital.



This development makes most of the budgeting for the project secured and gives a high probability of meeting the 2024 launch timetable. It should be noted that the cost of the mission is estimated at approximately US$ 100 million.

Upon completion of the financing round, a new Board of Directors was appointed for the organization, which includes the representatives of the new donors. Morris Kahn was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors alongside new directors: Angelina Drahi Chairwoman of the Patrick and Lina Drahi Foundation, Amalia Zarka, General Manager of the Drahi Philanthropic Foundation; Tal Granot-Goldstein, CEO of HOT Group; Frank Malul- CEO of i24news; Aviad Eyal, Managing Partner of Entrée Capital and the representative of the Moshal Space Foundation; and Dafna Jackson, CEO of the Kahn family office. They will join the existing Board members, including Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel, Avi Hasson, Arie Halsband and Ya’acov Levy.

The “Beresheet2” mission is planned to break several records in global space history, including a double landing on the Moon in a single mission: landing on the far side of the Moon (which, to date, only China has accomplished); The landing crafts (that are attached to the mothership) are the smallest landers ever launched into space (each weighing 120 kg with fuel and 60 kg without fuel). in addition, the mothership, which is planned to undertake a long-term 5-year mission, will serve as a platform for educational science activities in Israel and worldwide, via a remote connection that will enable students in multiple countries to take part in deep-space scientific research.

Angelina Drahi, Chairperson of the Patrick and Lina Drahi Foundation: “We are delighted to be taking part in this historic project, which will enhance Israel’s position as an international arena player and inspire youth around the globe. The Drahi Foundation aims to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, alongside science education, to position Israel as an international powerhouse in those fields. The Foundation’s focus in this project will be the invaluable educational aspect. We are proud of this partnership, which is taking place alongside other projects of the Foundation for the establishment of leading academic innovation centers in Israel and globally".


Morris Kahn, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SpaceIL: “The Beresheet project is my life’s mission, so I decided to take it up again. I plan to do everything that is within my power to take Israel back to the Moon, this time for a historic double landing. As an entrepreneur, I believe that one should constantly seek new challenges and even double the risk. Our upcoming new mission will position Israel once more as a global pioneer, this time in space. I am proud to be part of a group of entrepreneurs, philanthropists and visionaries headed by the Drahi family, who have decided to embark on this new journey in the space race of private entities.”


Avi Eyal, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Entrée Capital and representative of the Moshal Space Foundation: “I believe that entrepreneurs and investors who have achieved success in the Startup Nation have an obligation to give back to various groups within Israeli society, to expand the circles of success. As part of our commitment to the future generations and to ensure that Israel continues to flourish and set an example for other countries, we must invest in the technological education of the next generation, pique its curiosity, teach it to think outside the box and believe that the impossible can be attained. We are honored to join and participate in SpaceIL’s project.”


Shimon Sarid, CEO of SpaceIL: “I am grateful to our dear donors, who believe in the power of the “Beresheet 2” extraordinary mission to inspire a whole generation of students and dreamers, for their confidence in the ability of SpaceIL to realize this challenging mission, which will place Israel at the front row of global deep-space technology.”

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