International Lunar Observatory Association



20 January 2020


As humanity prepares to establish itself as a multi-world species by advancing settlements on the Moon, led by commercial enterprise and various International Space Agencies, ILOA is poised and ready to have a presence on some of these initial pioneering missions. 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 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". ILOA is planning to develop two 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 they continue to pursue opportunities to collaborate with the Canada Space Agency for cost-sharing of some of the technological challenges of the ILO-1 mission. Canadensys is also helping to evaluate the most promising options for transport to the Lunar surface. ILOA is currently in talks with NASA awarded contractors for Moon landers.

The ILO-X mission to achieve the first Milky Way Galaxy image and astronomical observation and communications from the Moon is awaiting a successful Moon landing. ILOA real-time astronomy activity on the lunar surface continues indirectly through the ILOA / NAOC MoU and recently reached 6 full years in December 2019 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 Peace Park 21st Century transcending vision of Mayor Harry Kim works to define itself, providing inspiration, direction and foundation. ILOA will soon be developing 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 for "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 2020-2021" is the ILOA / Space Age editorial theme advanced for the current US Administration, with still-undetermined effect and success, and it will be the theme of several Galaxy Forum events this year - for the poster "Women in Space, Women on the Moon" please click here.