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Yonatan Winetraub, SpaceIL, Thursday, 3-7-13 March 7, 2013

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Yonatan Winetraub, SpaceIL, Thursday, 3-7-13


Guest: Yonatan Winetraub.  Topics:  SpaceIL Google Lunar X-Prize, secondary payload launches.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information.

We welcomed Yonatan Winetraub as our guest to discuss SpaceIL, Israel’s Google Lunar X-Prize entry.  Mr. Winetraub founded SpaceIL through an interesting set of experiences and conversations at a local Israeli establishment.  He tells us this interesting story as we begin our one hour discussion. At age 26, Yonatan proves that much can be done with passion, commitment, education, volunteers, and local industry support.  During our discussion, Yonatan told us about the SpaceIL plans, the lunar hopper that they will land on the Moon, and their process in procuring a secondary launch contract for the launch capable of putting their lander on a trajectory to the Moon and landing in time to win the Google Lunar X-Prize contest.  One issue we discussed in detail was the fact that their secondary payload would have propulsion on board making it challenging to be approved as a secondary payload by the primary payload on the launcher.  In fact, Charles both emailed and called at the end of the program to raise the propellant issue for secondary payloads.  SpaceIL as a nonprofit, is also engaged in STEM and education outreach in Israel and this too was a significant part of our discussion.  Yonatan got questions about commercial space and space attitudes in Israel and the treatment of their venture by the Israeli general public and press, both in Israel and internationally.  The Google Lunar X-Prize competition was discussed as well as their funding and plans for after the contest ends. Given that SpaceIL is consulting with American companies, we talked about our ITAR laws as well as the Israeli ITAR laws and regulations.  The SpaceIL website is www.spaceil.com and I urge you to follow along on the site while listening to this discussion.

If you have comments/questions for Yonatan Winetraub, please post them on the blog and I will call them to his attention.  You can also email him through drspace@thespaceshow.com.  We will certainly be talking with Yonatan again as they progress in the competition.