# Is post-X-prize Beresheet better than the X-prize candidate?

As mentioned in this question the total budget of the Lunar X-prize was about US \$30 million, and that included some other prizes beside the winner. However the budget of Beresheet post-X-prize candidacy rose to about US \$95 million.

I'm guessing that the X-prize candidate mission's budget was targeted to roughly the size of the prize (though I could be wrong). Since then, what additional capabilities or factors have contributed to the final size of the budget? Is it just that the US $95 million is more realistic, or does the new mission include new thing, or are there other factors? • you're not going to get many people investing 95 million to win a 30 million prize, from memory the budget assigned to launch was 8 million, but they paid around 3 times that – JCRM Mar 25 '19 at 0:18 • @JCRM thus the question as asked. – uhoh Mar 25 '19 at 0:27 • my comment was suggesting it was just a more realistic figure. I think the interplanetary podcast touched on it in the last six weeks. – JCRM Mar 25 '19 at 0:29 • Re I'm guessing that the X-prize candidate mission's budget was targeted to roughly the size of the prize (though I could be wrong). You are most likely wrong. I suspect that none of the serious X prize candidates expected that winning the prize would result in a profit, that instead development and initial operating costs would be much higher than US$30 million. Profits would instead eventually come from much cheaper repeat performances. – David Hammen Mar 25 '19 at 0:57
• The original budget was around $30 million @DavidHammen forward.com/news/israel/175464/… (but still more than the$20 million prize) – JCRM Apr 15 '19 at 17:01