Director of RAL Space, Richard Holdaway, Joins Board of Space Tech Startup UrtheCast
Prof. Holdaway joins a handful of other distinguished business figures and space experts as director of the hotly-tipped startup, and will help guide the company on its way to providing the world’s first HD Earth video stream from the International Space Station (ISS).
“Richard is extremely active in engineering, education, and aeronautics outside of RAL, an organization we’ve worked with throughout the project, and his membership on the board will be invaluable,” says Scott Larson, UrtheCast President and Director.
Having led various missions in space science and Earth observation with the likes of NASA, ESA, and the UK National Space Programme, Prof. Holdaway brings over 40 years of experience in space programmes to the UrtheCast board. “RAL Space has worked on numerous ambitious space projects and programmes; the development of the UrtheCast cameras is one of the more unique undertakings, and I can’t wait to see how its vision unfolds,” says Prof. Holdaway.
Prof. Holdaway has served as Director of RAL Space for over 14 years, but joined Appleton Laboratory in 1974, and RAL Space in 1980. In addition to serving on numerous boards, Prof. Holdaway acts as visiting professor at the University of Southampton, the University of Kent, and the University of Aeronautics & Astronautics in Beijing. With a B.Sc & Ph.D in Aeronautics & Astrodynamics from University of Southampton, Prof. Holdaway also serves as council member at his Alma Mater. Among other diverse accomplishments, Prof. Holdaway aided in the design of the Harrier VTOL aircraft – a vertical take-off and landing aircraft capable of hovering – at Hawker Siddeley, a group of British manufacturing companies whose main focus was upon aircraft production.
As it diversifies its board, UrtheCast takes another important step towards realizing its goal of providing an interactive Earth video platform for everyone from Internet users and app developers, to media outlets and humanitarian relief organizations such as the United Nations.
Working exclusively with Russia’s largest space organization, RSC Energia, UrtheCast is currently developing the two cameras, the web platform, and the ground station network across the planet. Once the cameras are live, UrtheCast’s socially-integrated platform will stream the footage to users on the web and on smartphones. At present time, RAL Space is building the two UrtheCast cameras that will be mounted to the Russian segment of the ISS in the first half of 2013.