Space Services Acquires Odyssey Moon

odysseymoonlogoHOUSTON, September 9, 2014 (SSHI PR) — Space Services Holdings, Inc. (SSHI) of Houston, Texas, today announced the acquisition of Odyssey Moon Ltd. and the addition of key industry veterans to its Board of Directors, signaling an ambitious expansion in the global commercial space market.

Space Services, already an established space industry leader with its iconic Celestis memorial spaceflights, makes these announcements on the heels of exclusive commercial partnerships with NASA and NOAA for the Sunjammer solar sail mission. The acquisition of Odyssey Moon, an Isle of Man headquartered company, situates Space Services as an emerging global pioneer in commercial lunar missions as well.


Odyssey Moon to Launch Science Experiments to ISS

LOS ANGELES, CA, Oct 2, 2012 (Odyssey Moon PR) — Douglas, Isle of Man-based Odyssey Moon Ltd. and Israeli-based NSL Satellites Ltd., in partnership with NanoRacks LLC of the U.S., together will fly a number of educational microgravity experiments to the International Space Station (ISS). The next launch of an experiment is scheduled for October 7th on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral.


Odyssey Moon Appoints Satellite Exec to Board

Douglas, Isle of Man – March 15, 2011, Odyssey Moon Limited announced today that seasoned satellite and telecommunications executive, Richard Denny, has joined the Board of Directors of Odyssey Moon Ltd. Odyssey Moon was the first entrant in the $30 million Google Lunar Xprize (GLXP) competition.

Odyssey Moon Chairman, Ramin Khadem, commented that, “The Board of Odyssey Moon welcomes its newest member, Richard Denny who is Senior VP for Global Networks and Engineering at Inmarsat Plc in London. Richard brings over 3 decades of hands on global experience with satellite and space projects. His understanding of the sector and commercialization of concepts will serve the Company immensely.”


Odyssey Moon Appoints New CEO

Odyssey Moon PR – Douglas, Isle of Man – Odyssey Moon Limited announced today that seasoned aerospace and telecommunications executive, Rick Sanford, has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Sanford is the founder of SpaceGroupAmalgam LLC, a leader in strategic and technical consulting services. Odyssey Moon Team is one of 29 teams competing in the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP) – a $30 million competition that challenges space professionals and engineers from across the globe to build and launch to the Moon a privately funded spacecraft.


Bob Richards Left Odyssey Moon to “Pursue Funded Ventures”

Bob Richards has written a blog post about his departure from Odyssey Moon, an Isle of Man-based competitor in the Google Lunar X Prize.

It was a very challenging goal, we knew, to embark on a private sector effort to extend the powers of entrepreneurship and risk capital beyond our current economic sphere of Earth orbit. It is a goal that I remain firmly and completely committed to achieving.

However, as reported by Parabolic Arc today, I have departed as CEO of Odyssey Moon.  After founding Odyssey Moon and taking it as far as I could as its chief executive, the rationale for investing my time and energy timed out and I have had to resign as CEO to pursue funded ventures. I hope Odyssey Moon remains recognized as a seminal mover in the history of commercial lunar aspirations.

Sources indicate that Richards has another lunar venture in the works. Details will be released shortly.

Bob Richards Leaves as Odyssey Moon CEO

Bob Richards has departed as CEO of Odyssey Moon, the Google Lunar X Prize competitor which is competing to place a rover on the lunar surface.

Richards is no longer listed on the Odyssey Moon website. The reasons behind his departure from the Isle of Man-based company are not clear.

Reports indicate that Richards will continue to pursue a lunar lander project. An announcement is expected within the coming weeks.

Tiny Isle of Man Emerges as Space Power

Island Britain: sleepy Isle of Man moves into the space age
The Times

In a nondescript building on a housing estate in Onchan a company called CVI made the laser optics with which Nasa’s Phoenix Lander spotted snow on Mars last year. Another Manx company, Odyssey Moon, is competing to win the $30million (£18.4million) Google Lunar X prize by putting a robotic landing craft on the Moon. A third, Excalibur Almaz, is developing space tourism.


Odyssey Moon May Fly Backup Beagle Mars Instrument


Moon Beckons Commercial Comeback for Beagle

Project managers for the British Beagle lander program are seeking redemption – on the moon – nearly six years after their spacecraft disappeared on Mars.

Collin Pillinger who headed the unsuccessful Beagle Mars project is in discussion with the commercial “Odyssey Moon” program to fly a backup version of Beagle’s most powerful instrument on board the Odyssey lunar lander.


Odyssey Moon to Carry British Payload to Moon



Education has taken ‘the next great leap’ in Britain as Odyssey Moon announces its fifth payload to the Moon.

Google Lunar X PRIZE contender Odyssey Moon Limited today is announcing its partnership with the International Space School Education Trust (ISSET) and their customer Moonlink Ltd. of Yorkshire to put a British science instrument on the Moon.


NewSpace 09: Isle of Man

Bob Richards of Odyssey Moon gave a short presentation about the Isle of Man, which is seeking to become the “Switzerland of Space” by providing a business-friendly environment. Richards stood in for space entrepreneur Chris Stott, who was to have represented the island’s space effort.

Richards’ company is located in the small nation in the Irish Sea. He said that Odyssey Moon has had a “great experience” there. The International Space University – which Richards co-founded – set up its International Institute of Space Commerce on the island. Richards said that a number of tech companies have taken advantage of the nation’s pro-business policies.

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Odyssey Moon Announces Corporate Partnerships With Four Top Companies



Google Lunar X PRIZE contender Odyssey Moon Limited announced today that top industry leaders Near Earth LLC, WPP Group, Aon and Milbank have joined its corporate team. Odyssey Moon intends to become the first private company to supply payload delivery services to the Moon in support of science, exploration and commerce. This is the first time such major organizations have come together to support a commercial Moon venture.


Lessons Learned From Failed Mir Effort Fueling New Commercial Ventures


Alan Boyle has reviewed Michael Potter’s film, “Orphans of Apollo,” for his Comic Log website. He reviews the lessons that the failed effort to commercialize the Mir space station taught people:

The biggest lesson is that you want to have the government as your customer, not your enemy. “I think the slightly more commercial and realistic and politically savvy entrepreneurs who are now investing in private space understood where Walt went wrong,” David Chambers, who was MirCorp’s vice president of strategic planning, says in the movie. “And they’re prepared to play nice with the various governments that they need to play nice with.”


Odyssey Moon Aims to Win Google Lunar X Prize

Lunar Odyssey Shoots for the Moon

When the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize premiered, the first official team to sign up was Odyssey Moon — but the company has plans far beyond winning or losing the private race to the moon.

“Odyssey Moon is about an ongoing commitment to lunar enterprise,” said Robert Richards, Odyssey Moon Founder and CEO. “We believe there is a long-term business opportunity with the government and commercial partners.”