January 29, 2015 - Have you ever wondered what the moon is made of? What new materials and opportunities may be there? Thanks to Moon Express, you may be able to have those answers. We have the pleasure to announce that Naveen Jain, co-founder and chairman of Moon Express (amongst an impressive resume of other startups and companies), is coming to Draper University's Winter 2015 class!
Amongst being an amazing entrepreneur and philanthropist, Naveen Jain is also behind impressive companies such as Moon Express, inome, TalentWise, Intelius, World Innovation Institute, and InfoSpace. Also he writes in Forbes, WSJ, Huffington Post, and Inc.com. Currently Naveen is exploring ways to use neuro-plasticity to create better learners and develop neuroscience-based in multi-sensory video games that are effective and additive for teaching students skills like math, science, and history. He is convinced that our education system is obsolete, not meeting the needs of the present threating all the kids like if they where in an assembly line being exactly the same, while they are all different with different learning. Another thing he mentions is that we are advancing the kids in an annual basis and not when they are ready to advance to the next grade, which could be a month or a year depending on the person.
Moon Express is currently working on the lunar lander MX-1 - a low cost spacecraft that is powered by sunlight and use hydrogen peroxide as fuel (oxygen enriched water compound). But this is not any ordinary lunar lander. The MX-1 can support many apps, so it can explore the moon and it's resources. If everything goes according to plan, the MX-1 should be lunched this year. In 2010, NASA selected Moon Express to take part in the Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data program, and in the same year, they were recognized leaders by Google Lunar XPRIZE due to the flexible and scalable MX-1 that is going to dramatically reduce the costs of space exploration.
We invite you to read more about Naveen and see his TED talk about the most complex problems on the growth of the population in the world. We'll also be livestreaming his talk to DU's Winter 2015 class tomorrow Friday 1/30 at 10am so be sure to tune in!
~ Guest post by Raimundo Silva who is from Santiago, Chile and is currently a student in DU’s Winter 2015 Class.