ORLANDO, FL. (July 5, 2012) – Omega Envoy, the Florida team competing in the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP), and its parent company, Earthrise Space Inc (ESI), announce today the launch of a project on Kickstarter.com, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Rewards offered for backers of the project include 3D printed and metal milled models of the team’s lunar rover, tours of ESI’s Orlando facility, opportunities to test drive the team’s actual lunar rover, and the opportunity for individuals to fly their DNA to the moon. The Kickstarter project will raise funding to allow the purchase of a multi-axis CNC milling machine. ESI’s student team will gain hands-on experience using this machine during construction of the company’s lunar spacecraft.
For the first time in human history, individuals will have the opportunity to send a sample of their DNA to the lunar surface. This interplanetary backup will ensure the survival of their genetic material independent of conditions here on Earth. For a pledged donation of $10,000 or more, ESI will collect your DNA sample, package it into a storage container mounted on the company’s Lunar Descent Vehicle and fly it to the surface of the moon where it will be preserved for all time.
“We are excited to be exploring new approaches for fundraising and for public engagement, including through the crowdsourcing Kickstarter platform,” said ESI’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Joseph Palaia. “We are hopeful that this Kickstarter project helps us to make significant progress towards our near-term fundraising goals, while also providing some incredible rewards for our supporters.”
Kickstarter serves as an ideal platform by which ESI can engage the public and allow them direct participation in the company’s lunar mission. It is a new, innovative way to fund creative projects and is known for having helped to fund tech start-ups, comic books, video games, food products and many other projects.
About Earthrise Space, Inc.:
Earthrise Space, Inc. is a Florida-based non-profit corporation dedicated to developing space technology in collaboration with industry and academic institutions. ESI’s Omega Envoy Project is creating a key set of lunar spacecraft infrastructure which will fulfill the requirements of the Google Lunar X PRIZE and provide a platform for the delivery of commercial payloads to the lunar surface. All ESI efforts involve significant numbers of students and young professionals through paid internships, providing them with hands on experience building real spacecraft, and preparing them for future employment in the entrepreneurial space industry.
ESI can provide services to private companies, defense/government agencies, and educational institutions that currently have the resources to explore space and are looking for low cost products that will accomplish their mission requirements. The company has been awarded an Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) contract from NASA worth up to $10M, and is pursuing multiple grant and sponsorship opportunities.
For more information, please visit: www.omegaenvoy.org
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