About IDXA


Team Background

Independence–X Aerospace (IDXA) is the official Google Lunar X-Prize team from Malaysia. IDXA is lead by Mohd Izmir Yamin (Aerospace Engineering), who has numerous experiences in rocket propulsion and robotic control system, also earned local and international award for invention and innovation. To date IDXA has a strong fleet of strategic advisors that have served the industries in various related engineering and business field as professional engineers, technologist and academicians.

This team has diverse expertise which will effectively distribute the task based on members specialities. Our primary advantage in joining this competition is due to our strategic geographical location, which helps to reduce the launching costs and the utilization of the abundance of direct solar reception. Participation of new team members will be recruited through online advertisement from our website based on appropriate required qualification and experience by the respective divisions.


Name : Mohd. Izmir bin Yamin

Nationality : Malaysian

Date of Birth : 28th April 1982


  • Educational achievement

Izmir Yamin graduated from Universiti Teknologi Mara with a Bachelor (Honours) Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Diploma in Aerospace Engineering; Business Administration from Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a graduate engineer from the Institute of Engineers Malaysia and an affiliate Engineer from Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He is currently pursuing his Post Graduate Studies in Aeronautical Engineering in UiTM.

  • Entrepreneur achievement

Izmir has experience in running a Fuel Cell Technology for UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)/Ground Vehicle and CNC (Computerised Numerical Control) based company called Enviero Technologies in Shah Alam as Technical Director in business incubation training for 1 year. The experiences gained are Configuration and Engineering Management and the vast knowledge in research and product commercialization. Izmir holds various achievements, internationally and locally. Some of the medals and awards are :

GOLD MEDAL – Eureka Innovation and Invention Comp 2006, 2009 (Belgium, Brussels)

SILVER MEDAL – Eureka Innovation and Invention Comp 2006, (Belgium, Brussels)

SPECIAL INNOVATION AWARD – Christian Dupont by Belgian Minister of Science 2006, Best Invention to Tackle Climate Change 2009.

GOLD MEDAL – Inventions, Innovation and Design 2006, 2009 (Shah Alam, Malaysia)

GOLD MEDAL – International Technology Exhibition 2009 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

SILVER MEDAL – International Technology Exhibition 2006, 2009 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

SILVER MEDAL – Malaysian Technology Expo 2009 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

BRONZE MEDAL – Malaysian Technology Expo 2006,(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

BRONZE MEDAL – Inventions, Innovation and Design 2006 (Shah Alam, Malaysia)

He is currently working as an Aerospace Stress Engineer in the development of Commercial and Military Aircrafts. He has demonstrated his strong leadership and analytical problem solving skill in the Eco-Shell marathon challenge in 2010 by leading a team of engineers to invent a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.

His passion is to personally view and appreciate GOD’s creation in Space through the interest of Space Flight and Inventions. It has taken him to some successful projects and some of the inventions achieved were the creation of the  Liquid Propellent Rocket, Solid Propellent Rocket, Pulse Jet Engine, High Speed Remote Control Aircraft, Low Subsonic Wind Tunnel, Remote Control Indoor Blimp, Hydroxyleum technology, CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) Hot Wire Cutter, Hydrogen Fuel Cell powered UAV, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Urban Concept Vehicle, Robotics System, and Smart Thermo Electric Generator.

Izmir is also working on the research and development of Smart Geo Tag Aerial Imaging, and materialize the prototype into commercial actualization. He will oversee the development of Smart Geo Tag Aerial Imaging from the software programming, using C language, to the integration of all system components. Geo-Tagging software & pinning, camera, servo’s for the control of the flight path, GPS, etc. His expertise is especially vital in the development of the entire UAV SMART Geo Tag Aerial Imaging.

Role in this project

Izmir is also the Founder of Independence X Aerospace, Chief Executive Officer for the only Malaysian and South East Asia Team out of 29 teams worldwide participating in the Google Lunar X Prize, with the mission to launch a rocket to the moon by 2012.

His success with Independence X has been published in New Straits Times, Utusan Malaysia, The Star, Geo Magazine from Europe (Germany), MSNBC News, Market Wire, Asia Times, Space.com, CNN Tech.com on his expertise in rocket building technology and his participation in the Google Lunar X Prize. His additional role would be on legality & international documentation liaisons of the project.

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