Earthrise Space Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit research laboratory and student training ground. The company has the goal of providing students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience designing, building, testing and operating real spacecraft.


Who Are We?

Earthrise Space Foundation, Inc. is a Florida-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to developing space technology in collaboration with industry and academic institutions. All of ESF's efforts involve significant numbers of students and young professionals through paid internships, providing them with hands-on experience building real spacecraft, and preparing them for future employment in the entrepreneurial space industry.


The Foundation is proud of its numerous accomplishments. Some of these are listed below:

  • Engaged over 100 interns with the assistance of Workforce Central Florida and UCF. 
  • Provided support to senior level students’ projects, at UCF, to design spacecraft hardware.
  • Reached out to over 500 middle and high school students through facility tours, presentations and outreach programs.
  • Involved in workshops and networking events to help advance the technology community and provide experience to both personnel and students via:
    •  Business plan & financial preparation to raise funds via different avenues.
    • Participating in panels for different conferences to promote international collaboration in the United Kingdom, Chile, Hungary, and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Awarded the Congressional Rising Star in Technology in 2013 by Congressman Bill Posey in recognition of the success and benefit to the regional technology community.
  • In October of 2010, President Ruben Nunez lead Earthrise Space Foundation, Inc. to obtain an Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data Contract (ILDD) with the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA). The ILDD acquisition involves the delivery of data associated with the design and demonstration of an end-to-end lunar landing mission including: hardware design, development and testing; ground operations and integration; launch, trajectory correction maneuvers, and lunar braking burn; lunar landing; and other enhanced capabilities.

Measures Of Success 

ESF leverages its infrastructure and personnel to support research, development and STEM related activities. Current project objectives include the development of lunar robotic technologies, rapid prototype design, in-house manufacturing verification and validation processes through the test series, and In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) technology development. 


Earthrise Space Foundation periodically issues press releases and blog posts to highlight the company's key accomplishments and achieved milestones. Each of the company's releases is accessible below.