INTERNATIONAL LUNAR OBSERVATORY ASSOCIATION, 5 MISSION UPDATE:
PIONEERING HUMANITY'S RETURN TO MOON, SEEKING LONG-TERM SUSTAINABILITY
11 FEBRUARY 2022
ILOA is preparing its ILO-X precursor science education payload for integration on Intuitive Machines Nova-C lander later this year, while also continuing to advance more robust ILO-1, ILO-2 observatories for future long-term astronomy, science and exploration missions. As humanity prepares to establish itself as a multi-world species by planning settlements on the Moon, led by commercial enterprise and various International Space Agencies. Along with conducting astrophysical, other observations and communications from the Moon, ILOA will help catalyze Human Lunar build-out at the Moon South Pole.
ILOA is facilitating 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.
The precursor ILO-X dual instruments payload, developed to achieve the first Milky Way Galaxy image and astronomical observation and communications from the Moon, is contracted to launch aboard Intuitive Machines IM-1 mission to the equatorial region of Oceanus Procellarum. With an expected launch date June 2022 via SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, ILOA is poised to demonstrate the potential value of astronomy and communications from the lunar surface.
The flagship ILO-1 mission is being developed through work of ILOA prime contractor Canadensys Aerospace Corp of Toronto, Ontario. Canadensys is working to deliver "a flight-ready low-cost optical payload for the ILO-1 mission, ruggedized for the Moon South Pole environment". Canadensys is working closely with Intuitive Machines to ensure ILO-1 development could potentially be ready for integration on the company's IM-2 mission to land at the Moon South Pole NET December 2022. ILOA is planning to develop two almost identical payloads in order to be ready for a follow-on mission, ILO-2. Canadensys completed the Lunar Electronics Program for ILOA in October 2017, Moon South Pole Landing Site Characterization Research in early 2017, a Lunar Optics Program in spring 2019 and pursues opportunities to collaborate with Canadian Space Agency.
ILOA real-time astronomy activity on the lunar surface continues for ILOA through an MoU with National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) utilizing the Lunar Ultraviolet Telescope aboard China Chang'e-3 Moon lander which recently reached 7 full years on the Moon in December 2020.
The Galaxy Forum program pursues its two principal priorities since 2008: 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 Peace Park 21st Century transcending vision of former Mayor Harry Kim works to define itself, providing inspiration, direction and foundation. ILOA hopes to soon develop its Global Headquarters and Research Center on Hawaii Island in the historic town of Kamuela. ILOA, Space Age Publishing Company and the Galaxy Forum program are also raising awareness and advocating for the pioneering possibilities of "First Women 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 2017 at the IAC in Australia. "First Women / Americans at the Moon South Pole 2025" is an ILOA / Space Age editorial theme also put forth for the current USA Administration, with still-undetermined effect and success, and it will be the theme of several Galaxy Forum events this year. To download the poster SPC, ILOA "Women in Space, Women on the Moon" please click here.
ILO Mission Studies
CANADENSYS AEROSPACE STUDIES FOR ILOA:
2017-2019, ILO-1 Lunar Optics Program
2016-2017, ILO-1 Lunar Electronics Program
2015, ILO-1 Site Characterization and Payload Advancement
2014, Canadensys ILO-1 Lander Options Analysis
GOLDEN SPIKE COMPANY:
2012-2019, Human Lunar Lander Mission Collaboration
MOON EXPRESS STUDIES FOR ILOA:
2012-2013, ILO-X Rapid Development Program Phase 3
2011-2012, ILO-X Rapid Development Program Phase 2
2010-2011, ILO-X Rapid Development Program Phase 1
SPACEDEV STUDIES FOR ILOA:
2008, Phase 6, ILO Payload Definition Program
2007, Phase 5, ILO Lunar Lander Demonstrator
2006, Phase 4, Human Service Mission to the ILOs, 2010-2015: Lunar Rover and Flyby
2005, Phase 3, Human Service Mission to the ILOs, 2010-2015
2004, Phase 2, ILO: Safe and Precision Landing
2003, Phase 1, General Feasibility Study on the Lunar Dish Observatory