INTERNATIONAL LUNAR OBSERVATORY ASSOCIATION AND CANADENSYS AEROSPACE COMMENCE ILO-1 AND ILOA-2 MISSION DEVELOPMENT

Paris, France / Kamuela, Hawai’i / Toronto, Canada, Thursday 22 September 2022 - Following detailed discussions at the International Astronautical Congress in Paris this week, the International Lunar Observatory Association and Canadensys Aerospace have reached an agreement to concurrently begin development of the prime instruments for ILO-1 and ILO-2 Moon South Pole observatories.

Steve Durst, ILOA Founder and Director, stated “These flagship ILOA Missions will be designed for strategic lunar locations on Malapert Mountain and Shackleton Crater Rim. We are pleased to confirm the ILO-X instrument developer, Canadensys Aerospace, will also develop the main lunar instruments for ILO-1 and ILO-2.”

Christian Sallaberger, Canadensys President & CEO, added “We are honored to be chosen by ILOA to lead the development of ILO-1 and ILO-2 instruments. As the ILO-X precursor observatory awaits its launch to the Moon in early 2023 aboard Intuitive Machines IM-1, we are excited to now turn our attention to these flagship missions.”

About ILOA - The International Lunar Observatory Association was created to expand human understanding of the Cosmos through observation from our Moon – with Aloha. ILOA is an inter-global non-profit enterprise incorporated in Hawai'i in 2007. The primary goals of its flagship ILO-1 and ILO-2 robotic observatories are long-term astronomy, science and exploration at the Moon South Pole. ILOA welcomes input from astronautics, astrophysics, commerce and science communities for these evolving missions and payloads.

About CSYS - Canadensys Aerospace Corporation is one of Canada’s most innovative space systems companies servicing customers around the world. We blend our advanced space hardware capabilities with smart, ruggedized designs to develop unique solutions for planetary, orbital and terrestrial environments based on modern, commercial business approaches to space program and mission development.

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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.