ORLANDO, FLA., Earthrise Space PR (Oct. 12, 2012) – Earthrise Space Inc. (ESI), the parent company for Omega Envoy, the Florida team competing in the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP), is extremely proud to announce that RAL Space has joined the Omega Envoy family of partners and sponsors.
“It is very exciting to have RAL Space as the first international partner that will be working with us on the mission,” said Earthrise Space Inc.’s President and Founder, Ruben D. Nunez. “Getting from Earth to the Moon can be quite the challenge and with their expertise, we will reach our destination on the lunar surface.”
RAL Space is a partner in the truest sense of the word as the company is collaborating with ESI to develop the control system for the spacecraft that will deliver Omega Envoy’s rover to the Moon. ESI and RAL Space have a Technical Assistance Agreement in place which has been approved by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls of the U.S. Department of State in order to comply with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
Kim Ward, Head of RAL Space’s Space Engineering & Technology Division, enthused “RAL Space is delighted that the way is now clear for us to fully engage with ESI on the exciting Google Lunar X PRIZE with team Omega Envoy. We are looking forward to working closely with Ruben and other members of ESI to maximize the chances of a successful programme.”
About RAL Space
RAL Space is based out of the United Kingdom and is part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). RAL Space has a close working relationship with the UK Space Agency and provides a wide range of services. These include but are not limited to research and technology development, space test facilities, instrument and mission design, and studies of science and technology requirements for new missions.
For more information, please visit: www.stfc.ac.uk/ralspace/default.aspx
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.
For more information, please visit: www.omegaenvoy.org