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Odyssey Moon

About Us

Describe in general terms your technical plans for winning the prize:
As the first Official Team to register for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, Odyssey Moon is planning to make a profit with the first private mission to explore Outer Space.  Odyssey Moon is developing incremental missions bringing together science and exploration goals that support and enable the company’s successor missions.
In December 2007 MDA Space Missions of Canada was selected as our prime contractor.   Work is underway on our initial mission design. In addition, the company is domiciled in the Isle of Man to take advantage of favourable regulatory and export regimes that allow us to choose the best technologies and partners from around the world. We have also assembled an exceptional international management team of experienced international space executives with over 110 collective years of successful track records in technology, satellite projects and commerce.
How, where, and when will your craft land?
Successfully, somewhere to our target lunar destination, and hopefully before the other teams!
How will you communicate with and download information from your craft?
Via radio frequencies or Laser Communications to Earth.
How will your Lunar vehicle move?
Through the use of stored potential energy transferred to kinetic energy.

Which bonus prizes are you interested in?
We are carefully looking at all of them.
What additional scientific equipment above and beyond competition requirements, if any, might you be launching and why?
We expect to be enabling science payloads from those institutions who have the resources to fund the transport of their payloads.


Team Member Bios

Rick Sanford (Chief Executive Officer) is a satellite and telecommunications executive. Mr. Sanford is the founder of SpaceGroupAmalgam LLC, a leader in strategic and technical consulting services. Mr. Sanford previously served as Chief Operating Officer Cisco IRIS and Director of Space and Intelligence with Cisco Systems, Inc. Before joining Cisco in early 1997, Mr. Sanford served in a variety of roles with the U.S. Federal Government as well as Account Executive at Timeplex Federal Systems and Program Manager with BBN Communications. Mr. Sanford is active with several organizations within the space community including: board member of the International Space University in Strasbourg France, National Space Society, Society of Satellite Professionals International and the Space Foundation.

Dr. Ramin Khadem (Chairman of the Board), former Inmarsat Chief Financial Officer and executive Board member, is Senior Adviser to the Chairman and CEO of Inmarsat Plc. Inmarsat is a world-leading provider of mobile satellite communications, delivering a broad base of high bandwidth solutions and content to both the mobile and fixed markets of maritime, aeronautical and multinational enterprises. He has held also a variety of senior positions in the telecommunications sector in Canada, including at Bell Canada Enterprises and at Teleglobe in Montreal.

Dr. Khadem was the Canadian representative amongst an international group that originally founded Inmarsat and successfully launched its business, including taking an active role in the procurement of satellites, launch vehicles and ground facilities and handling risk mitigation and management. Later as Chief Financial Officer of Inmarsat, he was part of the team that negotiated with shareholders and governments the transformation of Inmarsat from an international organization to a public company, and subsequently was involved in its sale to private equity firms Apax Partners and Permira.

His other activities include chairmanship of the Board of Trustees of the International Space University in Strasbourg, France and serving as consultant and non-executive member of the board of a number of other enterprises. He is also Visiting Professor at the Tsinghua University in Beijing where he teaches Business Valuation as part of the Tsinghua-MIT Sloan MBA program.

He obtained his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and subsequently obtained his Masters and PhD degrees in Economics from McGill University in Canada. He also received specialized training at Carnegie-Mellon University, in Econometric Analyses of the Financial and Monetary System at MIT and the Executive Management Forum at Harvard Business School.


Mr. Christopher Stott is the Isle of Man Government's Honorary Representative to the Space Community and an international space businessman, President and CEO of ManSat, and Executive Vice President of Odyssey Almaz. In 1998, Mr. Stott left his position as Director of Lockheed Martin Space Operations' International Commercialization and Sales, to found ManSat Ltd., which manages geosynchronous orbital filings for the Isle of Man Government, and of which Mr. Stott is President and CEO.

Before this, he worked in International Business Development for Boeing's Delta Launch Vehicle program. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the International Space University, and co-chairs its School of Business and Management. He is an Adjunct Professor of Space Law at the University of Houston - Clear Lake; a visiting lecturer at the Bates School of Law, University of Houston; and a lecturer in Space Law for the International Space School Foundation of Houston. Mr. Stott is also a published Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and an invited member of the International Institute of Space Law. He co-authored Europe's first work on space privatization and commercialization, and was one of the founders of the British Space Education Council. Mr. Stott holds a Masters in Space Studies from the International Space University. He earned a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Kent, Canterbury, concurrently receiving a Diploma from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied International Relations
at the University and Marine Policy at Scripps. He is a Vice President of the Manna Energy Foundation.


Mr. Michael Potter serves as Director of Paradigm Ventures, an international venture capital firm focused on high technology ventures. Prior to Paradigm Ventures, Potter was Vice Chairman, founder and President of Esprit Telecom plc., a pan-European competitive telecommunications services provider. During his 8 years at Esprit, he grew the company to 1,000 employees in over 9 European countries and a market capitalization of a billion US dollars. He was formerly an international telecommunications analyst at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Potter was also Vice Chairman of the founding Board of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA). He is a director Global Connect. His articles on high technology business and policy have been widely published.

Michael received his MS degree from the London School of Economics and his BA from California State University at Sacramento, and a certificate in Space Studies from the International Space University.


Dr. Christian Sallaberger (invited) is Vice President of MDA and is responsible for Business Development and Advanced Systems. MDA is Canada’s largest space company, and is also the world leader in Space Robotics, having designed and built the main robotic systems for the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. Dr. Sallaberger previously held the position of Director of Space Exploration at MDA and was responsible for deep space missions such as those to the Moon and Mars.

Prior to joining MDA in 2000, he worked for the Canadian Space Agency where he held a variety of positions including Manager of Strategic Development and Manager of Space Exploration. He has also worked for the European Space Agency in the Netherlands, where he did engineering systems design and economic analysis for future European lunar missions, and for IBM in Canada. He has numerous technical and programmatic publications and a patent. He is a coauthor of two Space reference texts (Keys to Space, and Human Spaceflight Analysis and Design).

Dr. Sallaberger obtained degrees from the University of Waterloo in Canada, the University of California at Berkeley, and received his doctorate from the University of Toronto in Aerospace Science and Engineering. He was appointed a lifetime member of the International Academy of Astronautics in 2000. He is also a graduate of the first class of the International Space University, held at MIT in 1988, and currently is vice-chairman of the ISU Board of Trustees. He is an appointed member of the faculty, and has lectured at the graduate level in Space Business and Management and Space Engineering for many years.

For several years he represented the Government of Canada on the International Mars Exploration Working Group (IMEWG), and was a member of the Japan-Canada Space Panel. He is currently the chairman of the Space Exploration Committee of the International Astronautical Federation.


Richard Denny (Board of Directors) - Mr. Denny had a pioneering role in setting up of the Australian Optus satellite network and subsequently when he joined Inmarsat where he was instrumental in the Engineering and Operational aspects of Inmarsat's satellite system.

Mr. Denny had a pioneering role in setting up of the Australian Optus satellite network and subsequently when he joined Inmarsat where he was instrumental in the Engineering and Operational aspects of Inmarsat's satellite system.

Team Members

  • Rick Sanford
  • Michael Potter
  • Team Leader:
    Rick Sanford
    United States

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