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Director of RAL Space, Richard Holdaway, Joins UrtheCast’s Board

From the James Webb Telescope, to ExoMars, RAL Space has worked on a variety fascinating projects over the years, and “the development of the UrtheCast cameras is one of the more unique undertakings,” says Prof. Holdaway.

This week, UrtheCast announced that Prof. Richard Holdaway, Director of RAL Space, will join Anthony Lacavera as a member of UrtheCast’s Board of Directors. This is an exciting announcement for UrtheCast, as the team has been working with RAL Space since its inception some two years ago (as of Dec. 10).

Now as UrtheCast’s director, Richard will be instrumental in helping to maneuver the company towards providing the world’s first HD Earth video stream from the International Space Station (ISS).

RAL Space, based in Oxford, UK, is one of the world’s leading space development organizations, undertaking an array of space technology assignments, both in development and research. In addition to UrtheCast’s project, RAL is involved in over 200 space missions for the UK Space Agency, and with international agencies and institutions.

Prof. Holdaway has served as Director of RAL Space for over 14 years, and joined Appleton Laboratory in 1974, and RAL Space in 1980. What’s more, Prof. Holdaway maintains an academic career as visiting professor at the University of Southampton, the University of Kent, and the University of Aeronautics & Astronautics in Beijing.

Leading space missions alongside 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. Among his varied professional accomplishments is the design of the Harrier VTOL aircraft – a vertical take-off and landing aircraft capable of hovering – developed at Hawker Siddeley, a group of British manufacturing companies.

“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.

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