GLXP News: Omega Envoy Adds Florida Institute of Technology as Partner

ORLANDO, FLA. — June 11, 2012 (Omega Envoy PR) — Omega Envoy, the Florida team competing in the Google Lunar X PRIZE (GLXP), and its parent company, Earthrise Space Inc. (ESI), are proud to welcome Florida Institute of Technology as a new partner. Professors and students from Florida Tech will work in concert with Omega Envoy staff to design, analyze, build and test the team’s lunar spacecraft.

The Omega Envoy project is run by Earthrise Space, Inc. (ESI), a non-profit research institution dedicated to developing space technology in collaboration with industry and academic institutions. ESI seeks to provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience designing, building, testing and operating real spacecraft. Their efforts provide students with real-world experience that is unavailable to them in the classroom or through internships with large corporations.

Florida Tech Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering Razvan Rusovici said, “Florida Tech is thrilled to join the Florida team and ESI in the GLXP competition. In doing so, our professors and students continue a rich and successful tradition of research and collaboration with the space industry; this was always an integral part of our university’s mission. Our focus is to provide our proven expertise, contributing to the winning edge for the Florida team and ESI in this intense international competition.”

Florida Tech will provide experimental facilities, such as the Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Laboratory, as well as computational facilities to achieve the final design of the lunar spacecraft.

Joseph Palaia, Chief Operating Officer for ESI said, “We are excited to welcome Florida Tech as our latest university partner in the Omega Envoy project, augmenting the capabilities provided by our other university partners University of Central Florida and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. This allows us to reach even more Florida students who will benefit from participation in the project. We look forward to a long and rewarding collaboration.”

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’s initiatives will enhance the accessibility of technology, increase the general understanding of what can be gained from a revitalized space program, and promote the advancement of innovative commercial space systems.

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