Students at the Amit Strauss Technological high school in Kfar Batya, outside Raanana, recently held a major science fair, with hundreds of visitors from the town. Among the projects – a life-size simulation of the spacecraft the SpaceIL organization plans to send up into space next year.
The SpaceIL craft, being built as Israel's entry into an international competition, is about the size of a dishwasher, measuring 38 inches by 28 inches. Fully loaded, the craft will weigh about 300 pounds. The craft built for the science fair by ninth grade twins Gur and Kfir Meir did not weigh that much, as they did not included the sophisticated navigation and camera equipment being developed for the actual craft – but it did conform to the external design and avionics of the SpaceIL craft, evidencing a propensity for design and engineering by the two youths.