International Lunar Observatory Association

The ILO Mission

"The Primary Goal of the ILO Mission is to Expand Human Understanding of the Cosmos Through Observation from Our Moon."

 

 

20 July 2017

 

INTERNATIONAL LUNAR OBSERVATORY ASSOCIATION, 4 MISSION UPDATE JULY 2017: ILO-1 – 21ST CENTURY ASTRONOMY, OBSERVATION & COMMUNICATION FROM THE MOON

We continue to make good, consistent progress towards the ILOA missions to conduct astrophysical and other observations and communication from the Moon, and help catalyze Human Lunar build-out at the Moon South Pole.

ILOA is advancing an international effort with major and emerging space powers, companies, science and educational institutions, teachers, students and the general public to advance Galaxy Awareness / Galacticity by expanding the frontiers of astronomy, exploration, enterprise and education to the South Pole of the Moon -- a goal as exciting and enriching as humans on Mars or trillion dollar asteroids, and much closer in time and space.

For ILO-1, new  2017Q3 contract work is advancing through Moon Express Inc for ILO-1 Landing Technology Advanced R&D, with actual ILO-1 spacecraft development by Moon Express to begin in 2018. Canadensys Aerospace Corp this month begins the July 2017- Jan 2019 Lunar Optics Program for ILOA to deliver “a flight-ready low-cost optical payload for the ILO-1 mission, ruggedized for the Moon South Pole environment”, and is working towards completion for ILOA in October of the 2016-2017 Lunar Electronics Program.

The ILO-X mission to achieve the first Milky Way Galaxy image and astronomical observation and communications from the Moon awaits successful landing by Moon Express after launch aboard the Rocket Lab Electron vehicle, now part way through flight tests at Mahia Penisula, New Zealand. ILOA real-time astronomy activity on the lunar surface continues indirectly through the ILOA / NAOC MoU and will complete 4 full years in December via the Lunar Ultraviolet Telescope aboard the China Chang’e-3 Moon lander.

The Galaxy Forum program continues to pursue its two principal priorities: To advance Galaxy 21st Century Education in every class, and to develop Principal Operating Partnerships to support ILOA missions, with notable POP progress in Canada and Southeast Asia, as well as in Japan, China, India and Europe. On Hawaii, the Mauna Kea World Park 21st century transcending vision of Mayor Harry Kim continues to define itself, providing inspiration, direction and foundation.

Most notably this Space Month 2017, ILOA and affiliated Space Age Publishing Company are pioneering possibilities for “First Woman on the Moon”, the theme adopted in response to ILOA advocacy by the International Astronautical Federation for a special high-level “3G Diversity Forum” Wednesday 27 September at the IAC in Australia . “First Women / Americans at the Moon South Pole 2020-2021” is the ILOA / Space Age editorial theme advanced for the current US Administration, with still-undetermined effect and success – please see link below for poster “Women in Space, Women on the Moon”; please click here for Women in Space and on the Moon document.

The ILOA is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to help realize the multifunctional ILO -- to advance human knowledge of the Cosmos through observation from our Moon, and to participate in lunar base build-out. The ILOA also since 2008 has co-sponsored with its Space Age Publishing Company affiliate an international series of Galaxy Forums and a

Click here to find more information about the ILO, ILOA, and Lunar Commercial Communications Workshops at Space Age Publishing Company's website.