The Moon’s about to get a bit more crowded with this new crowdfunding campaign
$240,000. That’s how much these folks need to launch Israel’s first lunar mission. In a new Indiegogo campaign, Israeli non-profit organization SpaceIL is seeking enough funding to get a foothold o Earth’s moon by the end of 2015.
All this is part of Google’s Lunar XPrize competition. Said competition involves “$30 million in incentive-based prizes” for private companies that land on and travel around the Moon and broadcast transmissions from the Moon.
“Teams may also compete for Bonus Prizes such as exploring lunar artifacts or surviving the lunar night, and can be awarded prize money earlier by completing terrestrial or in-space milestones.”
In other words, this is definitely a for-profit mission. As of this writing, the campaign has raised around $50,000 from more than 320 people. The project’s proposed spacecraft is around “the size of a dishwasher,” and organizers say that 80 percent of that space is for fuel.