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About WayPaver Foundation

Our Mission

WAYPAVER FOUNDATION IS A NON-PROFIT DEDICATED TO ADDRESSING HUMANITY’S GREATEST CHALLENGES BY ENABLING SUSTAINABLE LUNAR SETTLEMENT.

PAVING OUR WAY BACK TO THE MOON — FOR GOOD.

Imagine you’re driving down the highway to your destination and suddenly the path ahead is riddled with boulders and obstacles. You wouldn’t drive down a path with so many roadblocks, right? Yet that’s what we currently have on the path to a permanent presence on the Moon. Founded in 2015 with a seed grant from Lamp Post Group, WayPaver Foundation’s mission is to remove those roadblocks as efficiently as possible so that humankind can resume its journey to becoming a spacefaring species by ultimately enabling a sustainable human presence on the moon’s surface. We’re going back to the moon, but this time to stay.
 

WHY DOES SPACE SETTLEMENT MATTER?

The benefits of space settlement are far-reaching and have the potential to solve some the most pressing global challenges of our time. To enable sustainable, multi-generational life in space without the need for constant resupply missions from Earth, advancements in energy storage & production, food production, air & water purification, healthcare, and many other areas will be needed. Many of these areas have deep relevance to life on Earth, and much of the technology developed hits a point of “two-way technology transfer” — in other words, usable both on Earth and in space. By investing in space settlement, we’re also investing in solutions to climate change, global food security, clean water access, growing energy demands and many other pressing global challenges.

HOW WILL WE DO IT?

In order to get where we’re going, we first have to know what roadblocks and obstacles are in our way. WayPaver Foundation identifies roadblocks and catalogues them in our Lunar Settlement Index. From there, we analyze each roadblock to find out what it’s made of — in other words, what smaller problems make up the obstacle? After we have a clear view of what each roadblock consists of, we determine the most effective way of mitigating it through strategic support of researchers and entrepreneurs working on scientific and technological breakthroughs in that area. As roadblocks are removed, we gain better insight on what the most strategic and effective path forward is to accomplish our ultimate goal — a permanent human presence on the moon.

TEAM

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MICHAEL MEALLING

CEO
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OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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GUILLERMO Söhnlein

CEO, Blue Marble Exploration
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ESTHER DYSON

Chairman, EDventure Holdings
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ALLAN DAVIS

PARTNER, LAMP POST GROUP
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SCOTT FERREIRA

Cofounder & CTO, Forrge
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NICK ARNETT

Founder
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Chris Frangione

Innovation Advisor
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ADVISORY COUNCIL

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WILL POMERANTZ

VP OF SPECIAL PROJECTS, VIRGIN GALACTIC
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JASON DUNN

CO-FOUNDER & CTO, MADE IN SPACE
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Andy Aldrin

Director, Buzz Aldrin Space Institute
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Bruce Pittman

Chief System Engineer, NASA Space Portal
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KELLIE GERARDI

Palantir Technologies
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Chris Boshuizen

Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Data Collective
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PATRICK GRAY

Research Technician, Harvard University
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