LOD, Israel (IAI PR) — President of Israel Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin today, Wednesday 9 December / 23 Kislev, hosted the launch of the Beresheet 2 project, the second Israeli spacecraft to be launched to the moon. Minister of Science and Technology Yizhar Shai, Founder of SpaceIL Kfir Damri, CEO of Space IL Shimon Sarid and CEO of IAI Boaz Levy also participated in the event.
A former fighter pilot paying to become the second Israeli to fly into space late next year made his fortune by supplying military weapons, security systems and other services to the governments of Angola, Nigeria, Haiti, Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Eytan Stibbe, 62, will join retired NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria and two unidentified individuals on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for a privately-funded mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Stibbe will pay for the cost of the trip and stay at the station.