Thursday, June 3, 2004

Young Aussie Entrepreneur Returns to Canadian Roots to Expand Business

Young Aussie Entrepreneur Returns to Canadian Roots to Expand Business

Having spent the first twenty-five years of his life in Australia, Yaro Starak decided it was time to return to his parentsÂ’ birthplace, Toronto, and take his growing business with him.

Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) January 28, 2005

Although his parents left Canada in search of warmer weather, Yaro Starak, a dual Canadian and Australian citizen, saw an opportunity to return to his roots to expand his business and experience a real Canadian winter for the first time.

“I’ve been to Toronto many times, but my parents always made sure we traveled to Canada in summer or autumn. I’ve never been through a Canadian winter. My home city Brisbane rarely drops below 10 degrees Celsius so this will certainly be a new experience,” said Mr. Starak.

After a year of significant growth in Australia, Mr. Starak’s business ‘BetterEdit. com’, a proofreading and editing service that links students with professional editors via the Internet, has officially entered Canada.

Mr. Starak founded BetterEdit. com while completing a business management degree at university. He launched the proofreading service after experiencing first hand the difficulties faced by international students studying at university.

“I spent a whole night editing the writing of one of my group assignment members who was an international student. I thought, ‘if this is the quality of his writing for all his papers he must be struggling just to pass,’” explained Mr. Starak.

Students immediately began logging on to BetterEdit. com for help.

Now Canadian students have the opportunity to benefit from the service. Mr. Starak has begun promoting BetterEdit. com at university campuses in the greater Toronto area and believes Canadian students will take to the service just as Australians have.

“My business helps hundreds of Australian students improve their essays and theses each year,” Mr. Starak said. “It’s about time Canadians were aware of the service as well.”

“Surviving the winter will just add to the challenge!”

For more information about BetterEdit. com visit www. BetterEdit. com.

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Draper Funds $1M for Next Giant Leap's Moon Lander

Draper Funds $1M for Next Giant Leap's Moon Lander

Next Giant Leap LLC announced that Draper Laboratory has committed over $1 million from their internal research and development program to fund the design and development of a guidance, navigation and control system test bed for use in Next Giant Leap's commercial lunar mission.

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) January 21, 2011

Next Giant Leap LLC (NGL) announced that Draper Laboratory has committed over $1 million from their internal research and development (IR&D) program to fund the design and development of a guidance, navigation and control (GN&C) system testbed for use in Next Giant Leap's commercial lunar mission.

"A critical component of any lunar landing mission is the GN&C," said Séamus Tuohy, Space Systems Director at Draper. "In addition to landing, we are developing a system that can propulsively hop, and this provides great flexibility to perform regional exploration of the lunar surface." Draper has enlisted MIT faculty, staff and students for the development of the GN&C testbed in order to deliver a future capability to enhance the Nation’s space exploration efforts as well as develop the Nation’s future space technology leaders.

NGL is a leading contender for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, which requires contestant vehicles to travel at least 500 meters from their initial landing location. The innovative GN&C research underway at Draper will allow NGL's exploration craft to traverse large distances while flying over obstacles. This "hopping" method of transportation has many advantages on a low gravity body such as the moon.

Michael Joyce - Founder of NGL - stated, "I'm thrilled by the commitment to the NGL mission shown by Draper's team. Their funding ensures that this critical mission component will be ready to fly on schedule." In addition to Draper's IR&D support and funding from eSpace, NGL anticipates additional income via its offering of exciting and unique corporate sponsorship opportunities.

ABOUT NEXT GIANT LEAP
Next Giant Leap LLC is a team of aerospace engineers partnered with leading aerospace firms to provide commercial access to the moon. The team is designing an integrated system for taking small payloads to the moon commercially. They are leading contenders in the X-Prize, a $30M contest challenging space entrepreneurs to land on the moon, maneuver, and send back data. The team's lead systems integrator is Sierra Nevada Corporation. Leading the difficult task of final descent and safe landing on the lunar surface is Draper Laboratory. Draper has been involved in space guidance navigation and control since the earliest days of the space program. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the leading engineering institution in the United States, is Next Giant Leap's key academic partner. Please visit http://www. nextgiantleap. com for more information.

ABOUT DRAPER
Draper Laboratory is an independent, not-for-profit research and development (R&D) organization serving the national interest in applied research, engineering development, technology transfer, and advanced technical education. Sponsors include the U. S. Navy, U. S. Air Force, DARPA, NASA, and other government agencies. While much of the Lab’s work is government-funded, Draper also performs work for the commercial sector and has a robust IR&D program. For more information on Draper, please visit http://www. draper. com

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