Op-Ed: When a few young men went to speak with the chairman of the Israeli Space Agency about a decade ago, it was a ‘Genesis’ of an endeavor that exemplifies Israel’s entrepreneurial ethos.
By Isaac Ben Israel
The three young men who came to my office almost a decade ago were disappointed. They have just finished enthusiastically showing me their plan to build a small spacecraft that could land on the moon, send a picture from there, and then leap about 500 meters and send another picture.
“We will do this within 3-4 years, at a cost of $10 million,” said Yariv, Kfir and Yonatan, “and we will win Google’s $20 million prize for the first private (non-governmental) group to do it. Continue Reading »