Israeli SpaceIL is the first to sign a contract for a private mission to the moon
SpaceIL, a privately owned Space Exploration team from Israel announced this week they were the first team to secure a launch contract to send their own private rover to the moon. The US$ 30 million contract is a prize for winning the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. The first private lunar mission in the world will be on launched from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket by Spaceflight Industries and is scheduled for the second half of 2017.
The announcement was made during a press conference in Jerusalem attended by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, and Bob Weiss, vice chairman and president of XPRIZE.