Chattanooga to the moon: Local startup planning lunar colony

Lamp Post Group startup nonprofit WayPaver Labs plans lunar colony

A moon colony is illustrated in this public domain image from the 1980s.

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WayPaver University will launch on Nov. 5 with a five-week course titled Navigating To Tomorrow: An Introduction to Future Studies” that will cover emerging technologies and future trends. The course is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

The Lamp Post Group has helped fund some intriguing businesses, from the moving and lifting company Bellhops to video production startups Mama Bear Studios and Fancy Rhino.

Now the downtown Chattanooga business incubator hopes to take things to a much higher level - really shooting for the stars. They want to put a human colony on the moon.

"We're launching The Lunar Project, a serious effort to establish a settlement on the moon within the next two decades," says the website for WayPaver Labs, a nonprofit organization at the Lamp Post Group's hip, loft-style offices in the historic Loveman's Building, Chattanooga's former flagship department store at Market and Eighth streets.