“Ne tentes aut perfice”
“He’s not allowed to talk about hydrino energy or GUTCP… which means he’s lower down the food chain than me… … all I need to know!”
MUSK! You’re dealing with Israel now homeboy… meet your new boss… fuck this up and we fuck you like crazy bitch!
Three engineers walk into a bar…
“What I’m saying is ladies and gents… not only is GUTCP the greatest scientific work in human history… an unlimited, clean, safe and extraordinary energy source… anti-gravity propulsion… unknown materials never before seen in nature, never before ever created (in the Universe)… … but do we really want to still be using what is essentially Nazi technology? (or a CIA stooge such a Musk, whichever CIA stooge comes after him)… America can fuck off”
“Well… this has motivated me to go to Tel Aviv for a drink!” 😀 “Science on Tap”
“I HAD A DREAM! 😀 A few years ago… I was married (this was a dream!), and I was at an international airport/spaceport in London, ready to travel back to Manchester. I said to my wife “I’ll be home in twenty minutes” (high speed monorail)… then I thought fuck it, I’m going to the moon for a pint of Guinness… next thing I was sat at my favourite bar, on the surface of the moon, with a nice pint of Guinness looking at planet Earth…. the bartender knew me by name and everything! Like I was regular… … then the next thing the wife was messaging me like…
‘Dan, where the hell are you?’… ‘Fuck sake'”
Niels Bohr was close. In 1913, using classical physics, he proposed a model of the hydrogen atom that produced equations that matched the spectrographic light emissions from hydrogen atoms. But the model failed when applied to other experimental data. So Standard Quantum Physics (SQM)was invented but it uses complex equations to describe the atom. Few people really understand Standard Quantum Mechanics, including most physicists. It can be considered curve fitting since there is no unifying methodology in the derivation of the equations. Randell Mills has come up with a theory named The Grand Unified Theory of Classical Physics (GUTCP) which uses classical physics to describe the atom that produce equations that match all the experimental data far better than the previous two models listed. Equations produced using GUTCP are based on classical physics and special relativity that are applied in a consistent way and result in much simpler equations than Standard Quantum Mechanics. For example, in the Bohr Model and SQM, the hydrogen is at its smallest size at principal quantum number n = 1. But in Mills’s GUTCP, the electron in the hydrogen atom can release energy as it drops to smaller sized fractional orbit states (hydrinos) such as n = 1/2 or n = 1/3 or n = 1/4 etc. The smallest theoretical orbit state is n = 𝜶𝜶 = 1/137.035999, (i.e. the fine structure constant) where the electron in the hydrogen atom would orbit at the speed of light c if it could reach that orbit state. During particle production where a photon is converted into an electron and a positron, the electron and the positron initially exist as a transition state orbitsphere (TSO) that both immediately ionize to a free electron and a free positron. The transition state orbitsphere (TSO) has multiple energy equations associated with it that use the fine structure constant, 𝜶𝜶, in the calculation. Specifically there are five different energy equations for the TSO that match Einstein’s energy equation for the electron:
E = mc2 = 510998.896 eV.
I am interested in new energy technologies and search the web for these kinds of news on a quite regular basis. The article I read about a year ago was quite interesting and so I checked the website of a company called brilliantlightpower (BLP). That is how I stumbled over BLP and its founder Dr. Randell Mills. The material on the website was pretty impressive. Especially Dr. Mills book, the grand unified theory of classical physics (GUTCP), looked pretty awesome: 1900 pages of equations and topics ranging from atomic physics over molecular physics to superconductivity and the origin of gravity. The only problem was that I did not understand a single word and could not get what it was all about. Additionally the internet is full of fancy theories and most of them are complete nonsense. So I decided to check BLP from time to time and see if there are any new developments but didn´t take a closer look. In the course of 2016 BLP released new information on their demonstration days but all they could show was a colourful lightshow. Dr. Mills gave a lot of evidence for his theory in the presentations but I am not familiar with spectroscopy and so I did not get the point. More or less the only thing I understood was that graph:
Figure 1: Bond energies of 415 molecules: GUTCP vs. QM
I found this pretty impressive and thought that someone on this planet must have tried to debunk Mills theory as fraud just by showing that Mills faked this graph. If Mills really achieved the accuracy shown in this graph this would be an overwhelming indication for the correctness of his theory. So I searched the web but did not find a single evaluation of these claims. There were some forum threads with the content quality of “Mills is a crackpot, LoL”. So this was a dead end.
In the beginning of September 2016 I read that a former student assistant at BLP called Brett Holverstott released a book about Mills and his theory. I saw my chance to finally understand what Mills is all about and read it. It is an awesome book that not only covers the history of GUTCP and BLP but also gives insight into the philosophical and human aspects of science. The most important point of this book for me was the core idea of Mills theory. And it wasn´t even (purely) Mills own work. It was the work of a Professor called Herman Haus Mills met when he was at MIT. It is basically about the question if it is possible to accelerate a charge in a way that it does not radiate energy (if you don´t know what I am talking about read the Wikipedia articles on Bremsstrahlung and the nonradiation condition). Prof. Haus showed that this is possible and Mills took this nonradiation condition and applied it to electrons circling around the nucleus. From this starting point he derived step by step the structure of atoms, molecules, subatomic particles and more or less all known physics. And everything was derived just on the foundation of Newton, Maxwell, special relativity and conservation of energy and spacetime. What impressed me the most was that all these equations were so straight forward that one human being was capable of deriving them (in the timespan of 25 years).
But all the simplicity, beauty and “straight forwardness” of a theory is worthless, if it does not describe reality correctly. On the one hand we have 1900 pages of equations from a single guy who claims that he has surpassed the physics of the last 70 years and on the other hand we have…hmm. What do we have on the other hand? There are some people with a certain reputation on Wikipedia that say that GUTCP is fraud. But these are just pure statements and I did not find a single argument of them that stood longer in the room than one minute.
I was so fascinated by the underlying idea of Mills theory and the possible implications for all mankind that I decided to prove or disprove it on my own. I tried for a few days to understand the underlying math but I failed hard. Then I tried to find somebody skilled in the art to do the math for me but that also failed. Finally I had the idea to apply the salami tactic: if a problem is too big to solve it as a whole cut it in slices. The most promising starting point for me to cut this really huge salami into pieces was the GUTCP volume about the atoms and molecules. The equations did not look that evil and there is an undisputable experimental database as an independent “ground truth”. There are very complex molecules out there and if Mills theory has flaws it would never ever be possible to calculate the structure of these complex molecules correctly. So this little open science effort is all about using Mills equations to compute a growing number of molecules with a growing complexity until it is obvious if Mills theory is able to describe their structure correctly or not. It is about producing solid evidence/data and not just endless blah blah on internet forums.
I invite everyone who is curious, capable of using equations and a calculator and who has some spare time left to join me and contribute. Contribute a calculation script and write a few words about the results in this document so that the discussion about Mills shifts from pointless opinions to solid facts. Upload your results as a response to this forum thread.
This list identifies the key components of GUTCP. It is intentionally left math-free.
At its most basic, the Universe consists of dynamic spacetime, spacetime distortions (matter created from energy), and interdependent interactions and energy exchanges between those distortions and spacetime that are, and can be, precisely determined.
GUTCP correctly models all physical phenomena in the Universe using only the following principles and parameters within a single classical physics framework:
Mass and energy must be conserved;
Linear and angular momentum must be conserved;
Maxwell’s Equations apply;
Newton’s Laws apply;
Lorentz transforms of Special Relativity;
there are only 3 spatial dimensions plus time;
the fundamental constants that comprise the fine structure constant;
fundamental particles, as well as the photon, have
of angular momentum;
the Newtonian gravitational constant G;
the total mass of the Universe; and
the spin of the electron neutrino.
The Universe has no beginning or end.
The Universe oscillates endlessly with a cycle of a trillion years from a minimum radius where it is mostly matter filled, to a maximum radius where it is mostly energy filled and back again.
The conversion of matter into energy expands Spacetime and drives the overall expansion of the Universe with the speed and acceleration of the expansion determined by the rate at which the matter of the Universe is converted to energy. “Dark energy” is neither real nor required.
Space expands as matter is converted into energy and vice versa. This provides the basis of absolute space and the atomic, thermodynamic, and cosmological arrows of time.
Matter, Energy and Spacetime are interconnected and conserved – an expansion of space requires a Lorentzian contraction of time and vice versa. (query)
At the end of the expansion phase in an energy filled Universe, electron neutrinos dominate and these combine with photons to form only one type of neutron with no antiparticle, which beta decays to a proton, electron and an electron antineutrino. The proton and electron combine to form hydrogen. Over billions of years gravitational attraction and spacetime contraction form vast gas clouds from which celestial structures form. This is the basis for the observed lack of antimatter in the Universe.
The number of protons in the Universe equals the number of electrons such that the Universe is electrically neutral.
Gravity arises on the atomic scale when energy is converted into matter. The positive curvature of two dimensional fundamental particles such as quarks and electrons causes a correction to spacetime that manifests as a gravitational field that expands at the speed of light. Gravity waves mediated by gravitons are neither observed nor exist. Claimed observations of gravity waves from blackhole and neutron star merges are detections of the expansion of spacetime travelling at the speed of light from such massive energy releasing events as it reaches and passes Earth.
Singularities, being postulated, infinitely dense but zero-dimensional constructs, have no physical basis for existence such that the Big Bang did not occur and black holes do not contain singularities.
The coherent rules of Classical Physics that govern Spacetime permit the formation of only three families of leptons, three sets of quarks, and their antiparticles. Claims that high energy collisions of matter in particle colliders produce multiple additional particles that are alleged to play some role under the standard model are erroneous, being a false interpretation of what are merely short-lived, high energy resonances from permitted particle formation.
Where the gravitational potential energy density of a Black Hole equals the Planck mass, matter converts to energy and spacetime expands with the release of a gamma ray burst. The Universe can therefore never end in a “Big Crunch” and infinitely dense but zero dimensional singularities cannot form or exist.
Spacetime has both permeability and permittivity that determines the limiting maximum speed of light which cannot be exceeded. 
Space acts as an LC-circuit (inductor-capacitor circuit) for the conductance of photonic energy.
Particle production from energy occurs when superposed photons of the appropriate energy strike a particle and excite the resonant frequency corresponding to infinite vacuum impedance. This process is reversible.
The Universe is closed (i.e. it is finite and therefore will contract)
The Universe has no boundary. A person travelling away from a point in the Universe would eventually arrive back at the starting point.
There is a natural relationship between Maxwell’s equations, special relativity, and general relativity which defines absolute space that rescues Newton’s Second law, resolves the twin paradox, and preserves the energy inventory of the universe.
Matter is composed of real, physical fundamental particles only. There are no virtual particles, no zero point energy and no vacuum energy. A void is simply that – a void. Conservation of mass and energy is never violated. 
As there are no virtual particles, the weak Casimir force between two closely space plates is not caused by them. The Casimir force is a weak electromagnetic force that arises from the materials in the plates like van der Waal forces.
A unified theory of the Universe can only provide the relationships between all measurable observables in terms of a clock defined according to those observables and used to measure them. While a unit of time (the second) can be defined by a set number of oscillations of an atom, a unit of time (called the “sec”) can be defined in terms of fundamental constants which governs the interrelationship between matter, energy and the effect that conversion between the two forms has on spacetime. A unit defined in this way is still very close to the SI second but permits the mathematical formulation of a consistent and correct Grand Unified Theory.
The Gravitational field arises from the curvature of spacetime (as stated in General Relativity). Spacetime curvature arises on a subatomic level from the velocity distribution of the continuous series of superconducting current loops that comprise the spherical shape (called an ‘orbitsphere’) of fundamental particles. Gravity can be thought of as the relativistic correction of spacetime due to the creation of matter from energy.
The expansion phase of the Universe is only 10 billion years old and, as predicted by GUTCP in the 1995 edition of the book, it is accelerating. Currently the Universe is mostly matter filled.
Matter can form into stars and galaxies during the end of the Contraction phase explaining the observation of fully formed older structures in the Universe that are older than the putative time line of the erroneous Big Bang Theory.
Matter and Energy Edit
Matter and energy are interconvertible and are in essence different states of the same entity. The state, matter or energy, is determined by the laws of nature and the properties of spacetime.
Both matter and energy possess inertial mass (i.e. the ‘m’ from Newton’s second law of motion). Only matter can have gravitational mass (i.e. ‘m1’ and ‘m2′ from Newton’s law of gravitation).
The “mass” of the photon is the momentum contained in its electric and magnetic fields.
All matter is composed of fundamental charged particles.
All fundamental particles exist as mass confined to two dimensions, which when positively curved through the third dimension result in a contraction of spacetime, which is the origin of gravitational field.
Matter possesses charge.
Energy is stored in the electric and magnetic fields of matter as a consequence of its charge and the motion of its charge.
Current comprises mass with kinetic energy and field energy components, a photon comprises energy.
Matter can trap and absorb photons.
The mass of the matter possessing a “trapped photon” increases by the mass energy of the photon
The intrinsic electric field of a trapped photon can superimpose with the electric field of a nucleus either to decrease or increase the effect of the central field on electrons.
Both particle and wave aspects arise naturally from the three dimensional structure of photons which superimpose in time and space to form a wave, which accounts precisely for the wave particle duality of light.
There is no Higgs Boson. Matter and spacetime do not require yet another postulated particle or a Higgs’ field to affect the properties of matter. The decay events that were claimed as the detection of the Higgs Boson were actually a neutron creation resonance arising from high energy particle collisions.
An electron is not a zero dimensional point but a two dimensional, indivisible membrane woven out of current loops that can change shape and current density in the presence of external fields.
An electron captured by and bound to a proton in a hydrogen atom forms a spherical two-dimensional shell of current, the radius of which is determined by the electron’s mass, charge and angular velocity force balanced by the electric field of the proton and any absorbed or “trapped” photons that superimpose their charge to decrease or increase the central field.
The stability of atomic ground states results from the absence of a trapped photon which has spacetime Fourier components synchronous with waves traveling at light speed, thereby precluding photonic radiation.
Conservation of the photon’s angular momentum is the basis for quantized energy states.
Gravity arises from the creation of mass from energy and the curvature of current density in fundamental two dimensional particles and the contracting effect this produces on spacetime.
A free electron in the absence of all external fields has no curvature and therefore no gravitational mass.
A photon has inertial mass, but no gravitational mass
Electric fields are considered part of the mass of a charged particle and fields can be converted into energy
A bound electron is a resonator cavity, and can capture photons of the appropriate energy level.
A photon trapped in an electron orbitsphere will act as charge that superimposes its electric fields with the electric field of the nucleus that can result in either an increase or decrease of the central field on the electron, which increases or decreases the electron orbitsphere radius.
Absorbing a photon is the reason for the bound electron to enter an excited state. Force balance and conservation of angular momentum cause the electron’s radius to expand.
In the excited state, the superposition of the electron and the trapped photon results a current density pattern with a space-time Fourier transform that contains components synchronous with light and therefore the photon will radiate.
The Planck mass is the mass/energy beyond which a particle cannot form from energy because the gravitational velocity of the mass that makes up the transitional energy to mass orbitsphere is equal to the speed of light.
Where the gravitational potential energy density of a blackhole equals the Planck mass, matter converts to energy and spacetime expands with the release of a gamma ray burst. The Universe can therefore never end in a “Big Crunch”.
All charge distributions bound in matter form into an orbitsphere, a two-dimensional spherical shell of charge whose current distribution is composed of a complex pattern of great circle current loops.
Electro-magnetic energy propagates over the surface of the orbitsphere as spherical harmonic waves.
Excitation of resonance modes of an orbitsphere’s spherical harmonic waves account for the various electron orbitals.
The pattern of great circle current loops in the orbitsphere collectively account for spin as well as magnetic moment.
Hydrogen and Hydrinos Edit
Hydrogen comprises most of the visible mass of the Universe.
Dark matter, which far exceeds the amount of visible matter, is also hydrogen that exists in lower-energy, non-radiative forms termed Hydrino.
Hydrogen consists of a small, positively charged proton fully enclosed by a negatively charged spherically curved electron (orbitsphere).
The radius, charge density and angular momentum of the electron orbitsphere are all dynamic. These parameters will all change:
to achieve stable force balance with the charge of the proton when the electron is first captured;
when photons are absorbed or emitted; or
when a resonant transfer of energy from Hydrogen results in the formation of a trapped photon in the orbitsphere that add positive integer values to the central field.
A free electron that is captured by a proton to form a hydrogen atom will emit continuum radiation as it settles into the first non-radiative state (the former “ground”) where the mass, charge and angular momentum of the electron is force balanced with the charge of the proton and is stable – i.e. it cannot lose energy by spontaneous photon emission to get closer to the proton.
Hydrogen in the “ground” state is NOT in the lowest energy state as claimed by Quantum Mechanics – it retains a huge amount of potential energy due to the energy stored in the electric and magnetic fields of the proton and electron.
Hydrinos are hydrogen atoms having energy levels below the so-called “ground” state, which is merely the first stable radius at which further energy cannot be lost by the emission of photons.
The “ground” or first non-radiative state of hydrogen atom can resonantly transfer energy to ionise a catalyst that can accept an integer multiple of 27.2eV.
The loss of 27.2ev of energy via resonant transfer from hydrogen results in the formation of a trapped photon inside the orbitsphere with an intrinsic electric field that superimposes a +1 integer increase to the positive central field of the proton.
A bound electron experiencing a +1 increase to the central positive field will undergo an increase in radial acceleration, shrink, gain angular velocity and emit additional energy in the form of continuum radiation in order to restore force balance with the central charge, thereby becoming a hydrino.
There are 136 hydrino states that are all formed by the resonant loss of an integer number of 27.2eV packets of energy followed by an increase in the central field of the proton and the emission of continuum radiation as the radius decreases and the kinetic energy of the electron increases to effect stable force balance.
At the H(1/137) hydrino state, the electron orbitsphere current loops have velocity close to light speed and additional shrinkage is relativistically impossible. This is the true Ground State.
Once formed, a hydrino is super-stable and may neither accept nor emit photons, making it invisible to spectral analysis yet retaining gravitational mass. (Resonant and collisional mechanisms may still occur.)
A hydrino can gain or lose energy only via resonance reactions with matter, where the energy gained or lost is an integer multiple of 27.2eV.
Hydrinos can act as catalysts by resonantly and nonradiatively accepting energy of 27.2 from another H or hydrino atom via metastable excitation, resonance excitation and ionization.
Hydrino transitional spectra is detected as characteristic continuum radiation with predicted lower cutoffs.
Hydrinos can bond to other hydrinos of similar energy to form dihydrino molecules.
Hydrinos can also magnetically spin capture an electron to form a negatively charged hydrino hydride ion that is capable of forming ionic bonds with positive ions. There are only 24 hydrino hydride ion states.
There is no hydrino hydride state above H(1/24)- because the hydride has two competing energy terms– a term due to the magnetic energy and a term due to the electric energy. The magnetic energy is a function of the inverse cube of the radius. By pairing with a second electron, the radius is increased which decreases the electric energy which is a function of the inverse square of the radius. Thus the binding energy increases to a maximum of about 72 eV for H-(1/16) and decreases thereafter to 0.65 eV for H-(1/24). H(1/25)- cannot be formed because its binding energy is negative.
The total energy released to the catalyst and by the hydrino during transition is intermediate between chemical and nuclear reactions. (e.g. H(1/1) to H(1/4) releases 204eV while H to H(1/137) releases 255,244.8eV.)
Hydrino transitions exhibit characteristic “continuum” radiation, as opposed to radiation in discrete frequencies. This characteristic continuum radiation has been observed in multiple independent experiments.
If a hydrino reaction takes place in an atmosphere, EUV radiation from the hydrino re-ionizes atmospheric molecules, resulting in visible light that closely matches the spectrum of natural sunlight.
Dark matter exhibits characteristics that resemble the hydrino, including characteristic transition frequencies.
Hydrinos at the H(1/137) state can capture an electron antineutrino, superimpose with the proton and convert to a gamma photon and electron neutrino.
GUTCP can produce elegant, closed-form equations derived from fundamental constants only for the following values:
Atomic and molecular binding energies, bond angles, excitation levels for all compounds
Anomalous magnetic dipole moments for all fundamental particles
Mass ratios for all lepton pairs
Transition temperatures for low-temperature superconductors as well as 1, 2, and 3 dimensional high temperature superconductors.
– Blacklight Power has demonstrated prototype equipment, labeled SunCell™, that purports to leverage the hydrino transition process to generate large amounts of commercially usable power.
– The SunCell reactor introduces a low-voltage, high-current arc through dual streams of molten silver (conductor) with entrained hydrogen (fuel) and stable oxide as a source of oxygen (which combines with some of the hydrogen to form the HOH catalyst) that enables hydrino reaction.
– When the arc plasma is introduced to the compound, some elemental hydrogen partially disassociates from the water and then undergoes a hydrino transition with nascent water molecules(non hydrogen bonded) acting as the catalyst.
– Due to favorable energy dynamics in the arc, the hydrino reaction encounters a positive feedback loop which fosters a reaction rate similar to that of high explosives.
– The hydrino reaction emits characteristic continuum radiation in the EUV range, as predicted by GUTCP.
– The reaction chamber heats a graphite dome to 3500K, causing it to emit extremely intense visible light with a spectrum that closely matches natural sunlight.
– Nearly 100% of the work produced by the reaction is in the form of light, with a small fraction lost in pressure-volume work (i.e. heat, pressure wave & sound).
– The power density of the reaction is measured in terms of GW/liter, many orders of magnitude higher than internal combustion.
– The SunCell reactor is expected to extract as much usable energy from one liter of water as an internal combustion engine can extract from burning 200 liters of gasoline.
– The SunCell reactor can collect and channel the light into an array of highly efficient photovoltaic converters, which generates direct current electrical power.
– It is claimed that the entire mass of the reaction components, with the exception of the hydrogen that is converted into hydrinos, can be recovered and reused for subsequent reactions with only the introduction of new hydrogen.
– It is claimed that the SunCell has no moving parts to wear out.
– It is claimed that the silver and added oxide are not degraded from repeated exposure to the hydrino reaction.
– It is claimed that the amount of electrical energy required to generate the arc is very small compared to the generated power on the order of 1%.
– It is claimed that the hydrino waste product from the reaction will form molecular dihydrino gas, an inert and lighter-than-air gas, and drift harmlessly into space.
Double Slit Experiment
– Electrons are real extended objects that occupy real space, not mathematical point entities based on probabilities that do not exist or exist everywhere until measured.
– Therefore they cannot divide or travel through two slits simultaneously.
– A single electron actually travels through only one slit to strike the detector. Over time a diffraction pattern is observed but this is not due to an electron travelling through both slits and interfering with itself. Such a claim is non-physical and contrary to the observation that particles like electrons are real.
– It is basic physics that charged particles, such as electrons, induce image currents in conductors. Such time dependent image currents emit radiation (photons).
– The observed diffraction pattern arises from momentum imparted to the electron from the photons generated by the slit material as a single electron traverses a single slit.
– A simple macroscopic analogy can be demonstrated by diffraction patterns arising from single fluid droplet “particles” propelled by so called “pilot waves”. The diffraction pattern arises from the interaction between the waves of the medium as they traverse the slits and the droplet.
– the Double Slit Experiment is therefore not an endorsement of a spooky wave/particle duality of matter interpretation, but a simple example of the interaction of matter and photons.
“As the alcohol level in our blood rose, we got more and more determined to do this,” – Yonatan Winetraub
03.45 Jerusalem time… 01.45 London GMT… Israel and the Jewish people are going to achieve the greatest sling shot since King David!
This solidifies Israel as a global technological powerhouse… a start-up nation in science, engineering and innovation.
It will create a culture of learning for a new generation of Israeli children, Jewish children around the world… with emphasis an STEM education.
It’s essentially a private enterprise… one of the greatest achievements in space exploration, without being controlled by a Government, and at a fraction of the cost of anything previous ($100 million)…
ISRAEL IS A SPACE SUPERPOWER!
(Israel has it’s own spaceport!… Palmachim Airbase, and doesn’t really have to rely on America (or Musk) to launch… it’s just some countries get a little paranoid when Israel launches ballistic missiles! and Israel doesn’t want ‘other countries’ potentially obtaining it’s technology)
JERUSALEM, Israel – This Friday, Israel will send its first spacecraft to the moon, a feat President Rivlin calls “Zionism at its finest.”
Israel’s nonprofit SpaceIL organization has announced it will launch a spacecraft from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on board a Falcon 9 rocket. It is scheduled to land on the moon on April 11.
The project is eight years in the making and if successful, Israel will become the fourth nation to land on the moon – after the US, Russia, and China.
The mission was a collaborative effort between SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries.
The spacecraft is called “Bereishit,” a reference to the first words of the Bible recorded in Genesis: “In the beginning.”
The craft weighs about 1,300 pounds and is about the size of a washing machine. It will take a seven-week journey to the moon.
Dr. Ido Antebi, the CEO of SpaceIL said the mission has two goals. one is called the “Apollo Effect,” to inspire the next generation of Israeli youth in the start-up nation.
“We want the Israeli kids and the Israeli youth to, we want to encourage them to learn STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and informatics – and we hope that they will have this mission we will create the effect and encourage them.”
“The second goal is to promote the space industry here in Israel … And I think we got it – one of the goals is already achieved.”
The mission will last two to three days and once it lands, the craft will take pictures of the lunar surface and conduct experiments.
The spacecraft is also bringing God’s written word to the moon. It will carry a time capsule containing a database of hundreds of files. The files include a copy of the Bible, information about SpaceIL, Israeli national symbols, and other materials.
The capsule will be left on the moon’s surface after Israel completes its mission there.
SpaceIL presented the privately funded project to President Reuven Rivlin Sunday.
Rivlin said it was a dream come true.
“‘Bereishit’ will make history!” He said. “When I was a child, we used to write fortunes on bubblegum wrappers – ‘by the time you’re 21, you’ll go to the moon’. Then, it seemed fantastical, impossible. Until now, only great powers have landed on the moon – the United States, the Soviet Union and China. But if everything goes to plan, the State of Israel – our young and small country – will be the fourth country in history to land a spacecraft on the moon.”
A model of the spacecraft is on display at the President’s official residence.
“I am delighted and proud that you decided to turn this project into not just a wonderful technological achievement, but also an educational undertaking. You are an example of groundbreaking, audacious Israeli innovation. This is Zionism at its finest,” Rivlin said.
Morris Kahn, President of Space IL, thanked the president, saying “It is a tremendous achievement and I am proud to be part of it, and that the Israeli flag will soon fly on the moon.”
Bereishit will travel a bit approximately 4 million miles on its journey. It will orbit the earth multiple times to gain enough speed to shoot towards the moon.
On Thursday, an eight-year old Israeli firm named SpaceIL will attempt to become the first private company to land a spacecraft on the Moon.
SpaceIL has booked a flight aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle for its lunar lander named “Beresheet.” This Hebrew word refers to the first few words of the Bible in Hebrew: “In the beginning ….”
Should Beresheet land on the lunar surface as planned on April 11, the exploit will also make Israel only the fourth nation to accomplish this feat after the United States, the Soviet Union and China.
Before landing on the Moon, Beresheet will have travelled 4 million miles and will have orbited the Earth multiple times to gain speed before it slingshots towards the Moon. Beresheet has a propulsion system that will allow it to leave Earth orbit and enter a trajectory around the Moon.
The cost of this Israeli moonshot might also be the cheapest yet. SpaceIL said the total cost of the program, whose funding came from private donations, is just $100 million, or a wee fraction of the billions of dollars spent by the U.S. space program to get its satellites to the Moon.
“This mission that we were talking about was really a mission impossible,” said Morris Kahn, who donated $40 million to the project. “The only thing is I didn’t realize it was impossible, and the three engineers that started this project didn’t think it was impossible, and the way Israel thinks, nothing is impossible… We are really making this dream come true.”
A spacecraft weighing some 585 kilogrammes (1,300 pounds) is seen during a presentation by Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL and Israeli state-owned Aerospace Industries.
Beresheet stands 1.5 meters tall and is 2 meters in diameter. Its science payload consists of a magnetometer developed by the Weizmann Institute of Science and a laser retroreflector array from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Beresheet is only expected to last about two days on the lunar surface. It has no thermal control system and will eventually overheat and die.
Beresheet was an entry to the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP), and SpaceIL was established to compete at GLXP. This international competition challenged participating firms to develop, build and land a spacecraft on the Moon. This vehicle should be capable of moving 500 meters in any direction, and transmit live, high-definition video from the lunar surface.
GLXP was canceled in January 2018 when none of the five finalist teams were able able to meet the March deadline for a launch their spacecraft towards the Moon.
How SpaceIL’s ship, dubbed the Beresheet, evolved from a beer-soaked idea to an actual lunar landing.
For one brief moment this week, the world will collectively put down whatever it’s doing and look up towards the heavens. In the night sky above, a tiny spacecraft named Beresheet – Hebrew for “Genesis” – will be lifting off from Cape Canaveral and into the record books.
It won’t be the work of NASA or the European Space Agency, but from an upstart collective from Israel called SpaceIL. Featuring a menagerie of mavericks – including a drone maker, a cancer researcher and a water park magnate – their audacious attempt launches this Thursday night.
So why is this launch such a big deal? Read on…
It will make history
Assuming the mission is a success, Israel will become only the fourth nation to ever land on the moon – after Russia, the U.S. and China. That’s pretty impressive for a country about the size of New Jersey. With about $100 million in donations, it will also become the first-ever privately funded lunar landing. Instead of being funded by a government agency, the money came from tech companies, local universities and a group of dedicated philanthropists – including marine park mogul Morris Kahn, who contributed $40 million to the cause.
The idea was conceived at a bar
Israeli entrepreneurs Yonatan Winetraub, Yariv Bash and Kfir Damari literally came up with the idea for their ship late at night at a bar by the Mediterranean Sea. “As the alcohol level in our blood rose, we got more and more determined to do this,” Winetraub recalled during a recent interview with From The Grapevine. “And it never faded away.” Nearly a decade later, that booze-filled dream has become a reality.
Google was involved in the early days
The trio of technologists first entered their idea into the Google LunarX Prize back in 2007. The Silicon Valley giant was offering $20 million to the first team that could land on the moon and send back high-definition pictures. Google extended the deadline multiple times hoping for an eventual winner, but to no avail. None of the dozens of teams who entered the contest could make it. So Google finally called off the cash competition in early 2018. But SpaceIL was just months away from finishing construction, and they kept working from a factory in Israel. The machine was finished late last year and was then shipped to Cape Canaveral in January, where it has undergone last-minute testing before the launch.
The ship is the size of a smart car
Early estimates put the Beresheet at about the size of a kitchen dishwasher, but Winetraub told us it’s closer to a smart car. Which is still not that big by space standards. Indeed, it’s likely the smallest spacecraft ever designed for a lunar landing. Aboard the ship will be tools to conduct scientific research on the moon, as well as a time capsule containing drawings by Israeli children and MP3 files of Israeli music. “It is very possible that future generations will find this information and want to learn more about this historic moment,” Winetraub mused.
It will be getting an Uber ride into space
Launching a ship into space can be cost-prohibitive, so the Beresheet is hitching a ride aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. “It’s more like a ride-share,” Winetraub told us, comparing it to an Uber Pool. “There are passengers in the front seat and passengers in the back seat all going up to space.” The rocket will drop off various satellites and other space equipment first and the Israeli spaceship will be the final passenger dropped off. But even then, it still has a ways to go on its own before it reaches the moon. The normally three-day adventure will take closer to two or three months. It’s expected for a lunar landing around late April.
It will conduct scientific research
Besides just landing on the moon, the ship is scheduled to conduct scientific research. A retro-reflector from NASA was installed on the spacecraft, which is an instrument that reflects laser beams and will enable NASA to precisely locate the spacecraft on the lunar surface after the landing. SpaceIL, the Israel Space Agency also agreed that NASA will have access to data gathered by the magnetometer installed aboard the Israeli spacecraft. The instrument, which was developed in collaboration with Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, will measure the magnetic field on and above the landing site.
Space startup SpaceIL will launch a craft later this week, with plans to land it on the surface of the moon by April.
Google’s lunar moonshot contest may be dead, but that’s not stopping one company from trying to complete the goal anyway. Google’s contest sought to award the first private company that could land a craft on the moon, and ended in 2018 without a winner. One of the participants, the Israeli aerospace company SpaceIL, announced on Monday that it’s still working on that goal and will attempt a landing in April.
SpaceIL CEO Ido Anteby announced his company’s spacecraft schedule at a press conference on Monday. According to Anteby, the spacecraft carrying SpaceIL’s lander, will launch late Thursday night. Once in space, the lander will orbit Earth about six times to build up speed before heading toward the moon a week later. The lander should land on the surface on April 11.
SpaceIL has contracted Elon Musk’s SpaceX to ferry the lander into orbit. The lander, named Beresheet after the first book of the Torah, will ride in a Falcon 9 rocket along with an Indonesian communication satellite and an experimental Air Force mini-satellite.
If SpaceIL is successful, it will become the first private company in history to land a spacecraft on the moon. Beresheet is equipped with a handful of scientific instruments, such as a magnetometer for measuring the moon’s magnetic field, as well as a retroreflector that scientists on Earth can bounce laser beams off to measure the distance from Earth to the moon.
These aren’t particularly advanced scientific instruments, but the scientific discoveries Beresheet will make are secondary to the achievement of reaching the lunar surface at all. Beresheet is proving a point: that it’s possible for a private company or organization to build a lander and get it to the moon using a rocket built by another private company. No longer is moon exploration solely the domain of a handful of wealthy governments, as SpaceIL hopes to prove anyone can land a spacecraft on the moon. Any scientific breakthroughs beyond that are just icing on the cake.
The first privately funded lunar landing is set to blast off on a SpaceX rocket this week.
On Thursday evening, a SpaceX Falcon 9 will launch a small spacecraft on its way to the moon from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. And if the little lander known as Beresheet makes it all the way to the lunar surface, it’ll mark several milestones that’ve been years in the making.
SpaceIL, the Israel-based nonprofit that’s been working on the lander for eight years, is one of the original Google Lunar XPrize teams. Though the competition ended last year without a winner, SpaceIL is now poised to be the first among nearly 30 teams to make it to the moon on its own anyway.
If the craft makes it, the mission will be the first lunar landing funded entirely by private sources and the first trip to the moon for Israel, joining the United States, Russia and China as the only moon-faring nations.
Measuring in at 1.5 meters (5 feet) wide, the washing machine-size lander will also be the smallest craft on the moon.
Once it’s released by the Falcon 9, about a half-hour after launch, Beresheet’s journey to the surface of the moon will take a few months and involve a complex set of orbits around the Earth to pick up speed and then around the moon to prep for landing. The process is explained in more detail in this video:
On landing, Beresheet will send images, including a lunar selfie, back to Earth. This was one of the original requirements to win the Google Lunar XPrize. The other was to be able to travel a short distance on the surface. A SpaceIL spokesperson told me that Beresheet is unlikely to be able to hop across the surface of the moon, but an attempt hasn’t been completely ruled out.
SpaceIL is definitely planning to use Beresheet to carry out a scientific experiment to measure the magnetic field around it after landing and transmit the data back to Earth.
It’ll also carry a time capsule, including digital files on specially designed discs made to last for eons. The capsule will remain on the moon and is meant to be a “backup” for humanity and includes a copy of all of Wikipedia and lots of other data.
“The interplanetary network of backup locations we have started may even help to enable an interplanetary Internet,” explained Nova Spivack of the Arch Mission Foundation, which created the time capsule. “As we become a spacefaring civilization, we are going to need ways to move big data around the solar system, and protect it in transit, and at each location.”
The name Beresheet means “In the beginning” in Hebrew. SpaceIL is hoping its mission will be just such a genesis for a golden age of Israeli involvement in space.
CEO Morris Kahn described it as a gift to the people of Israel and “part of the Israeli ethos of technology, daring and a generous dose of nerve.”
“Most importantly, it illustrates the loftier achievements that can still be achieved — the know-how, the capabilities and the human capital are all here,” added Nimrod Sheffer, CEO of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), in a release.
SpaceIL has worked with IAI, one of Israel’s largest aerospace contractors, to design and build the lander over the past several years. When the Google Lunar XPrize ended, the team went looking for donors and billionaires Kahn and Sheldon Adelson stepped in to contribute about two-thirds of the $100 million dollars (GBP 76.7 million, AUD 140 million) it took to fund the mission.This is another of SpaceIL’s goals beyond just getting to the moon: to prove that it can be done for a fraction of the massive billion dollar budgets superpower space agencies have used to get there.
One consequence of space travel on a budget is that Beresheet has few of the redundancies and backup systems found on spacecraft built by the likes of NASA. So if a key system fails, it’s likely to torpedo the whole mission. A SpaceIL spokesperson told me the mission team is hopeful and confident but that there are no guarantees of success.
Such is the case with most space missions, but in the case of Beresheet, the journey is just as important as the destination. From the beginning, a stated goal for SpaceIL has been “to inspire the next generation in Israel and around the world to choose to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”
In other words, this buildup to launch and then to landing are just as important as the mission succeeding, because the real goal is not to put a hunk of metal on the moon, but to attract more eyes and imagination to space in general.
Also, that extra copy of Wikipedia is sure to come in handy for settling bar bets at lunar frontier saloons in the coming decades.