International Space University Alumni Land On The Moon


On 11th April 2019 the first privately-funded spacecraft is scheduled to land on the Moon. Yonatan Weintraub an alumnus of the International Space University ISU and recipient of the Ilan Ramon Scholarship, is one of the three co-founders of SpaceIL behind this historic achievement.

Yonatan Weintraub took ISU’s Space Studies Program in 2009 at NASA Ames Research Center, California, USA. He said:

“I was fascinated by space since I was a kid and I liked building amateur rockets and spacecraft models. Trained as a space engineer, I knew that only ISU would provide me with the interdisciplinary skills and network necessary to become an entrepreneur. I then co-founded SpaceIL, a competitor in the Google Lunar XPRIZE. Today’s landing will be the culmination of a decade of effort that globally nearly everyone argued was an impossible mission.”

Peter H. Diamandis, MD, ISU co-founder and XPRIZE Chairman added:

“I am so proud that ISU alumni are leading the SpaceIL lunar landing. This is why we started the International Space University three decades ago, to inspire, guide and incentivize the next generation of leaders. Congratulations on getting into an orbit and best of luck on your landing!”

In addition, Yonatan is an advocate of STEM. He teaches space engineering to high school students. He thinks it is extremely important to inspire the next generation of space explorers. With such a project as the “Beresheet” lunar lander he sure will!

Yonatan Winetraub ends:

“I am blown away by the widespread support of the ISU community and thousands of people that help turn this dream into a reality. ISU has offered me the opportunity to meet new partners, exchange ideas and knowhow with them. This inspiration was largely made possible by the Ilan Ramon Project for Innovation, Entrepreneurism and Space at the International Space University and for that I am eternally grateful.”

Co-founder of the Scholarship Project, Michael Potter, himself an alumnus of the International Space University remarked:

“Ilan Ramon inspired an entire nation, and it is only fitting that his scholarship has sparked not only such an historic achievement for Israel, but has energized the next generation to use their talents to reach the stars.”

ISU President, Juan de Dalmau said:

“ISU is a place where a good idea, when it is shared with colleagues, can become a reality. All the recent initiatives at ISU, the Rhinespace Booster or ESA BIC incubator have one common goal: help ISU alumni to be successful in the New Space economy. We see this every day with alumni becoming leaders in research and especially entrepreneurship. Yonatan is a perfect example. We wish him the best of luck.”

The landing is scheduled on Thursday 11 April 2019 between 18.30-19.30 UTC / 20.30 – 21.30 CET. Watch live!

Press Release can be found here.

Picture Credits: ISU & XPRIZE – from left to right – Peter H. Diamandis, Yonatan Weintraub, Yariv Bash