The Foundation for Space and Lunar Exploration (FEEL) is a private non-profit foundation created to support the technological and industrial development in the Catalan and Spanish aerospace sector.
Through its Plans and Programs, the FEEL provides technological, scientific, legal, cultural, and educational services, such as (1) support to the participation of the BMT in the GLXP competition in all the aspects of the competition, both technical, social and educational; (2) promotion of infrastructures for habitation of human in space; (3) promote of technology transfer from the aerospace industry to other industrial sectors; (4) promote, in accordance with the reality of the sector, a widening involvement of private companies in the access to space; (5) promote the development of specific legislation on space with the definition of a specific authority to be responsible for the organization of space activities both public and private; (6) promote the organization and production of exhibitions, meetings, conferences, seminars as well as graphic and audiovisual material related to these objectives.
Galactic Suite is a Barcelona based company, created in 2007, creating oportunities around technology and people through ventures related to private space access. The company promotes the Galactic Suite Spaceresort project, the space hotel, and a global concept for space tourism with a chain of value also including Earth based infrastructure, to fulfill the space tourist needs for training, accommodation and leisure. The company develops research around the construction of structures that sustain humans in extreme conditions above and below the sea level, both for exploration of those spaces and its habitability.
Altran Technologies is a multinational company for technological and innovation consultancy, with more than 17.000 advisors all around the world. It has been part of many European space projects such as the Ariane 5 launcher, the International Space Station (ISS), the Automated Transfer Module (ATV), large communication satelites and science projects such as the Mars and Venus Express probes, the Herschel-Planck space telescope or the SMOS-MIRAS mission.
Altran is an strategic partner of the EADS group for the engineering and R+D development for their products. Within the Altran Group, its Spanish filial company has an special relevance with close of 2000 advisors and a growing participation in the space sector.
Established in 1980, China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) is the sole commercial organization authorized by the Chinese government to provide satellites, commercial launch services and to carry out international space cooperation. As the professional company promoting international cooperation for China’s space industry, CGWIC is devoted to the internationalized development of China’s space industry. It is a world wide leader in providing commercial launch services and is the interface with the Chinese Institutes CALT and CASC. It provides the launching services to the team on a Long March LM2C-CTS2, a two phase liquid propelled rocket with a upper solid stage that will bring the lander and rover module to a Lunar Transfer Orbit LTO. Estimated launch date is second half of 2014.
GMV is a privately owned technological enterprise group with an international presence. Founded in 1984, GMV mainly operates in nine large sectors for both public and private organisations: Aeronautics, Space, Defense, Health, Security, Transportation, Telecommunications, Information Technologies. GMV’s objective is to support its clients through technologically advanced solutions by providing integrated systems, specialized products and services that cover the entire service life, from consulting services and engineering, to the development of software and hardware, integration of turnkey systems and operating support.
Today the group employs more than 1,000 staff, most of whom work in the Space business (about 550) and have outstanding experience and capabilities, including consultancy, system engineering, software development and turn-key systems integration, characterized by the common denominator of innovation for the areas of global navigation satellite systems and applications, flight dynamics, satellite control centers, mission analysis, mission planning and scheduling, payload data segments, science operations centers, user segments and space segment, satellite communications, simulation, systems engineering and GNC, and on-board and embedded software.
EADS Casa Espacio is a company part of Astrium. Located in Madrid, it is composed of more than 400 qualified workers dedicated for more than 30 years to Space Systems, including satellites, platforms, payloads and launchers. The Company has special strength in System Engineering tasks and in Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) activities for the different payloads and platforms. It is also a reference point for thermal control, mechanisms and structure subsystems design and for antennas design and manufacturing. It has been Prime Contractor of several projects (Minisat, PAZ, INGENIO, SMOS and Spainsat payloads among others) having as customers ESA, HISPASAT, Arianespace, INTA and NASA and standing out for the quality of the results provided.
Thales Alenia Space España is a Spanish company devoted to the development of space systems and equipment for telecommunications, Earth observation, scientific research, exploration of the universe, navigation and space vehicles and infrastructure for commercial and institutional programs both civilian and military. The company is a global leader in telecommunication systems and repeaters and Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TTC) data communications equipment in S-band for satellites and spacecraft, with a share of 50% of the world accessible market. Thales Alenia Space España has been working for over 20 years in scientific and Earth observation programs, providing communications equipment and data processing and mechanism control units for space agencies around the world. It also develops RF and optical sensors for formation flying with application in future scientific and exploration missions.
INTA is a public research organization specialized in aerospace research and technology development. Its main functions include: acquisition, maintenance and continuous improvement of all those technologies for aerospace application; the realization of all kinds of tests to verify and certify materials, components, equipment, subsystems and application systems in aerospace; the technical advice and services to institutions and government agencies as well as industrial and technology companies; it acts as a technology center of the Ministry of Defense.
INTA is a key partner in many subsystems exploiting re-use/heritage from nano/micro-sats portfolio and capabilities: power, avionics, communications, AOCS, and ground operations.
INTA will also provide support on the ground station and in-house test facilities, suitable for qualification tests of components and subsystems on ground (i.e. vacuum chambers, solar radiation simulator, anechoic chambers). It also has facilities to support the AIV process of the lunar lander.
CTAE is a not-for-profit private foundation that provides technology services to local industry, while also participating in national level and European research programs. It comprises a multidisciplinary group of specialists who work directly for private clients, or as members of integrated project teams with clients including the European Space Agency, the Galileo Supervisory Authority, the regional government of Catalonia, the national government of Spain, and the European Commission, in addition to many industrial customers.
The UPC is a public institution of higher education and research, specializing in the fields of architecture and engineering sciences and involved in technology development. UPC plays quality research, and its high level of technology transfer to society, is generating knowledge, research, innovation and technological development.
To assist the project the University has created a chair with participation of several departments:
The Engineering Department of Automatic Control and Industrial Informatics (ESAII) of the UPC conducts research both in basic aspects in the application in line robotics, biomedical signals and systems, advanced control systems and computer vision. In the field of robotics it has extensive experience in sensor integration and sensing systems for control strategies development. In the field of computer vision, the department specializes in the study and development of algorithms dedicated to image processing in real time for specific industrial applications and the development of visual perception.
The Research Center in Nanoengineering (Crne) is dedicated to research, development and innovation in the fields of micro and nano-engineering, nanotechnology and nanoscience. Its research topics include: handling and dynamics of nanoparticles in electronic, communication and sensors, mechanical, electrical and electronic nanodevices, nanostructures and biological systems, multiscale analysis of coupled processes: complex systems analysis and surface reactivity nano-scale, simulation and modeling of nanoscale systems and nanostructured materials, fabrication, characterization and applications of micro and nanolayers and coatings.
The Department of Applied Mathematics mainly focuses its research on control systems theory, the cohomology of algebraic varieties, partial differential equations and dynamical systems, including celestial mechanics.
Stardust Consulting is a legal advisory firm specialized in space. It advises companies and public institutions, including on issues of space tourism. Its members are part of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) of the ESA. Its activity is aimed at developing the Spanish space sector regulation because, unlike other countries around Spain, there is no Spanish Space Law regulating space activities and encouraging its access to the private sector.
New Output is a marketing consultant, initially responsible for managing the project’s finance and marketing.