GLXP Update: SpaceIL Tests Lunar Lander Engine

SpaceIL engine test. (Credit: SpaceIL)
SpaceIL engine test. (Credit: SpaceIL)

TEL AVIV (SpaceIL PR) — SpaceIL recently tested the spacecraft’s main engine in a facility in England.

The purpose of the experiment was to test engine performance under conditions, which are similar to the expected conditions during the Moon landing. The test examined the engine’s reactions to different operating modes.

The test was a success after the engine showed durability to the requirements during various shutdown cycles, without overheating of the inside parts.

Since the maximum temperature the engine reached in the experiment has not exceeded the allowed range, it is expected to perform well in moment of truth. The positive results of the test increase the chances to successful landing on the Moon.

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