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Uwingu To Begin Funding Research Ahead of Schedule
by Staff Writers
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 31, 2012


The ATA is a unique array of 42 radio telescopes in Northern California to study the exoplanetary systems being discovered on the ground and with the Kepler mission.

Uwingu is a space-themed, for profit start up seeking crowd-sourced funding to launch an ongoing series of public engagement projects. In specific, Uwingu will employ novel software applications to "game-ify "space, and targeting up to half of the proceeds going toward space research and education. Uwingu's mission is to use proceeds from its projects to generate new funding for space exploration, research, and education efforts around the world.

Uwingu (which means "sky" in Swahili, and is pronounced "oo-wing-oo") was formed by a team of leading astronomers, planetary scientists, former space program executives, and educators.

Included in the company's portfolio of space heavyweights are space historian and author Andrew Chaikin, space educator Dr. Emily CoBabe-Ammann, citizen science leader Dr. Pamela Gay, author and museum science director Dr. David Grinspoon, planet hunter Dr. Geoff Marcy, planetary scientist and aerospace executive Dr. Teresa Segura, planetary scientist and former NASA science boss Dr. Alan Stern, and planetary scientist and CEO of the Planetary Science Institute, Dr. Mark Sykes.

The ATA is a unique array of 42 radio telescopes in Northern California to study the exoplanetary systems being discovered on the ground and with the Kepler mission.

Says the ATA's Dr. Tarter, "We know where exoplanets planets are located, and the ATA is systematically exploring them to try to uncover evidence that one of these systems is generating radio signals. We hope that Uwingu will accelerate this process and bring us closer to answering the question of whether we share this cosmos with others.

Uwingu's crowd-sourcing campaign will last until September 14th. Uwingu's crowd funding agent is IndieGoGo, a leader in the field. Uwingu now has almost 300 sponsors of its upcoming launch, and is nearing half way in meeting its crowd-funding goal.

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