The Year Ahead in Space

Donald Trump (Credit: Michael Vadon)
Donald Trump (Credit: Michael Vadon)

It’s going to be busy year in space in 2017. Here’s a look at what we can expect over the next 12 months.

A New Direction for NASA?

NASA’s focus under the Obama Administration has been to try to commercialize Earth orbit while creating a foundation that would allow the space agency to send astronauts to Mars in the 2030’s.

Whether Mars will remain a priority under the incoming Trump Administration remains to be seen. There is a possibility Trump will refocus the space agency on lunar missions instead.

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), who is currently viewed as a leading candidate for NASA administrator, has written two blog posts focused on the importance of exploring the moon and developing its resources. Of course, whether Bridenstine will get NASA’s top job is unclear at this time.

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Earthrise CEO Wins Rising Star in Technology Award

Earthrise_LogoORLANDO FLA (ESF PR) — Earthrise Space Foundation (ESF) President and CEO, Ruben Nunez is this year Rising Star in Technology Award Winner at the Florida TechXpo!  The Rising Star Award is presented to a new company or one that has made the most significant progress in the past 18 months. This company’s growth puts it on track to make a positive impact in their markets and on the region’s technology community.

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GLXP Update: Earthrise Space Adds New Sponsor

omega_envoyORLANDO, FLA. (April 22, 2013) – Earthrise Space Inc. (ESI), the parent organization of the Google Lunar XPRIZE team, Omega Envoy, is proud to announce that it has gained a new sponsor, Wrike, who is donating company-wide use of their Project Management Software to ESI. Wrike’s software will help make it easier to visualize workflow and organize tasks, freeing up precious work time that would otherwise be spent working through time-consuming traditional planning methods.

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Google Lunar X Prize Race Tightens

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For all of you Google Lunar X Prize fans who have spent the last five years on the edge of your seat wondering who was going to win this slow motion race to the moon (and you know who you are),  things got a bit clearer after last week’s global team summit in Chile attended by 20 of the 23 competitors.

According to an entry on the prize’s blog, four teams have announced launch contracts for sending their rovers to the lunar surface:

Moon Express mentioned in their presentation that they are planning for a 2015 launch! This puts them in a tight race with a lot of other teams who have largely mentioned early 2015 as a timeline (e.g. Omega Envoy’s planned Q2 2015), with Barcelona Moon having a launch service contract for June 2014 and Astrobotic signed up for a launch with SpaceX in October 2015. The race is on…

In addition, many of the teams expressed interest in collaborating with each other—so expect more to be joining forces as things continue to heat up!

Given the lead time required to arrange for a launch and the Dec. 31, 2015 deadline for winning the prize, it’s likely that any team that doesn’t have a ride by now (or very, very soon) isn’t going to the moon.

Of course, having a ride doesn’t mean a company has the technology or expertise to place a rover on the lunar surface. We’ll see how all this goes.

A number of teams have already folded or combined with other competitors. It sounds like another wave of these moves is expected soon.

GLXP News: Omega Envoy Adds Another Sponsor

omega_envoyORLANDO, FLA., March 25, 2013 (ESI PR) — Earthrise Space Inc. (ESI), parent organization of the Omega Envoy team in the Google Lunar X PRIZE, is proud to announce that it has gained a new ‘Suborbital Level’ sponsor, SURFCAM, Inc. and their parent company, Vero Software.

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GLXP News: Earthrise Space Schedules Benefit Event

omega_envoyOrlando, FL, January 14, 2013 (ESI PR) – To further awareness of Florida’s team in the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE, Earthrise Space, Inc. (ESI) and the Central Florida Racing Complex (CFRC) announce a benefit event, “Space Day” to be held at the CFRC on March 9th. The event, which is open to the public for paid admission, will provide an opportunity for attendees to interact with and support ESI’s Omega Envoy team while enjoying the thrills and excitement of a major Drift Racing competition.

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GLXP News: Earthrise Space Adds Rapid Machining as Sponsor

omega_envoyORLANDO, FLA., Dec. 19, 2012 (Earthrise Space PR) – Earthrise Space Inc., is proud to announce that they have gained Rapid Machining as a Suborbital Level sponsor. The Suborbital Level is the second-highest level that ESI has, making Rapid Machining a valuable member of the growing constellation of ESI sponsors.

ESI depends upon sponsors like Rapid Machining to help support the company’s efforts in pursuit of the Google Lunar X PRIZE. ESI’s “Sagan” rover is being designed to fulfill the requirements of the competition, which includes landing a privately-funded rover on the lunar surface, having it traverse 500 meters and then transmit data and images back to Earth. ESI could not complete these goals without these vital sponsorships.

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GXLP News: Earthrise Space Adds New Sponsor

omega_envoyORLANDO, FLA. (Earthrise Space PR) – Earthrise Space Inc., the parent organization of the “Florida team” competing in the Google Lunar X PRIZE, is proud to announce that it has gained a new “Launch Level” sponsor, Southern Cast Solutions. The Haines City, Florida-based Southern Cast Solutions is contributing to Omega Envoy’s goal of landing a rover on the lunar surface by providing Omega Envoy with a variety of supplies that will allow them to test their equipment prior to its flight to the Moon.

Earthrise Space Obtains Technical Assistance Agreement with Team Angelicvm

ORLANDO, FLA., Dec. 14th, 2012 (Earthrise Space PR) – Earthrise Space Inc. (ESI) announced today that it has obtained approval from the US State Department for a Technical Assistance Agreement (TAA) with Team Angelicvm. This agreement is a critical step, permitting the teams to work together prior to both teams simultaneously descending to the lunar surface in the Google Lunar X PRIZE race to the moon.

GLXP News: EarthRise Space Adds New Sponsor

ORLANDO, FLA. (EarthRise Space PR) -– Earthrise Space Inc. is proud to announce that they have added yet another stellar sponsor to their growing constellation of stars – HuntonBrady Architects. The Orlando-based engineering firm is providing ESI with $10,600, which makes HuntonBrady Architects a Suborbital Level sponsor.

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GLXP News: Another Day, Another Earthrise Space Partnership

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions announces its partnership with Earthrise Space, Inc. (ESI) in sponsorship of Omega Envoy, a non-profit space technology developer competing in the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP).  The team will compete by safely landing a robot on the surface of the moon and responding back with images and data.

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GLXP: Earthrise Space Adds New Partner

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.”

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GLXP News: Omega Envoy to Carry Competitor’s Rover to Moon

ORLANDO, FLA., Earthrise Space PR (Oct. 12, 2012) – Earthrise Space Inc., the parent company for Omega Envoy, the Florida team competing in the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP), is extremely proud to announce that fellow GLXP team member Angelicvm has become a customer. Omega Envoy will be delivering a 1kg version of the Angelicvm Dandelion rover to the surface of the Moon, with a target date set towards the end of 2014.

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GXLP Update: Omega Envoy Sponsors Moonbots Team

ORLANDO, FL., August 14, 2012 (Earthrise Space PR) — Omega Envoy, the Florida team competing in the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP), and its parent company, Earthrise Space Inc (ESI), are pleased to announce that Omega Envoy will be sponsoring Team Brick Buddies Explorers, a competitor in the Moonbots 2012 competition. Team Brick Buddies Explorers is one of the 30 finalists for phase two of the competition.

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