Israeli Spacecraft Beresheet Completes First Maneuver

People at the launch of the Israeli spacecraft of the SpaceIL team, at the Israel Aerospace Industries in Yahud, early Friday. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

On Sunday afternoon (Israel time), Israel Beresheet’s first maneuver was completed successfully by the engineering team of SpaceIL and IAI, the engineering team reported.

“The maneuver was planned taking into account the problems which were identified in the star trackers after launch,” the team’s spokesman reported. “This is the first time Beresheet’s main engine was activated and the maneuver was completed successfully.”

The maneuver was made at a distance of 69,400 km (43,124 miles) from Earth for 30 seconds and will increase the spacecrafts closest point of approach to Earth to a distance of 600 km (372 miles).

Beresheet continues its course according to plan and the next maneuver is scheduled for Monday night.