Confidence at the Starchaser team has soared after they secured substantial sponsorship from Moliere Ltd to help produce the “Thunderstar” rocket they are entering in to the international “X prize”.
The team has secured the cash from Manchester based computer consultant firm, Moliere Ltd, whose monies will fund the Launch Escape System (LES). The Launch Escape System will protect the crew from a variety of emergency scenarios, from a launch pad fire through all stages of powered flight. The LES is currently under construction and is a vital part of the Thunderstar rocket, Starchaser’s latest hope in the race for the X prize - where the first enterprise to get a three man rocket in to space will net $10million (£6.7m).
Moliere claims it uses technology to reduce risks for customers and sponsoring the LES is therefore the perfect way to compliment the company culture. Managing Director of Moliere Ltd, Tim Hopper, said:
“I am delighted that Moliere will be providing assistance to a local company which is leading the world in the development of space tourism. Starchaser’s accomplishments and goals are worthy and demand support”
The 89ft Thunderstar, which has been developed over the last six months, is based on the design from the original rocket known as Thunderbird, which was first revealed in 1996 at the beginning of the Hyde-based group’s crusade. Now more sponsorship needs to be raised to help finish building the rocket.
Moliere is a Manchester-based specialist independent consultancy providing information technology solutions using Oracle, Microsoft and open source technology.
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