“We’re ecstatic, and appreciative,”
Uwingu is a space-themed, for profit start up. Uwingu’s mission is to sell innovative, web=based products to create a new funding stream for space exploration, research, and education efforts around the world.
Uwingu (which means “sky” in Swahili, and is pronounced “oo-wing-oo”)
Stern concluded, “With these funds we’re in a good position to soon launch our first commercial product and start improving the future of space funding. Stay tuned!”
Comments about Uwingu’s business model and objectives follow from three key members of the Uwingu team:
Uwingu advisor and UC Berkeley astronomer Professor Geoff Marcy: “Space Research has never been more inspiring, with discoveries of habitable worlds and moons both within our Solar System and around other stars. Uwingu offers the public the chance to fund the exploration of those habitats. Scientists and the public working closely together, with competitive and far-reaching space goals, can propel space research to worlds beyond our imagination.”
Uwingu’s Dr. Mark Sykes, planetary scientist and former chairman of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society: "The public supports basic space science and education! Its support of Uwingu’s rollout demonstrates a streak of optimism that persists even when times are not good. New ideas and innovation will continue to breath life into our efforts to explore, learn what is out there in the solar system and beyond, and consequently gain a better understanding of where we live. Uwingu plans to deliver!"
Uwingu’s chief education officer, Dr. Emily CoBabe-Ammann:
For more information about Uwingu, contact Dr. Alan Stern at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 303.324.5269. Follow Uwingu on Twitter at UwinguSky; and friend Uwingu on Facebook.