The ILO project, by Space Age Publishing
Company and its Lunar Enterprise Corporation subsidiary of
Hawaii and California, USA, to emplace a robotic observatory /
antenna dish for astrophysical and other observations / communications
near the Moon's South Pole by mid-2008 is advancing through a new
phase with preparations for the ILO Advisory Committee Workshop,
set for 17-20 November 2005 on
the west, Kohala coast of Hawai`i Island.
ILO AC Workshop, with some 60 invited astrophysics
and space technology experts, financial and philanthropic independents,
visionaries and entrepreneurs from Canada, China, India, Japan, Europe,
Russia, USA mainland, Hawaii and elsewhere, is tasked with ILO mission
determination for multi-wavelength observation; with user, sponsor
and funding identification; and with organizational, management
and executive realization.
for lunar base build-out and catalyst for cis-lunar commerce
and development, the robotic ILO is both a science and commerce
mission, both public and private, for astronomy and
communications, with anticipated human service mission follow-on.
Phase A "Lunar Dish Observatory" 2003 study by
SpaceDev of Poway, California, concluded such an enterprise was feasible
for notably low costs (US$35 million) within a standard 2-3 year commercial
timeframe. SpaceDev's Phase B "International Lunar Observatory" 2004
report, also commissioned and financed by Space Age / LEC and with
technical consultation from Optech Inc of Canada, focused on landing
technologies required for the spacecraft's precision, safe touchdown
at the lunar south pole.
support of the ILO is being considered with the University of
Hawaii, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation, Smithsonian
Astrophysical Observatory, National Radio Astronomical Observatory,
and Gemini Observatory (all in Hawaii), as well as with the China
National Astronomical Observatory, Indian Institute of Astrophysics,
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, European Southern
Observatory, and others. The ILO also may engage significantly with Space Age
Publishing Company's other major initiatives: "Stanford on the Moon" at
Stanford University, California; Hawaii Space Tours "From Hawaii
to the Moon", and Kansas state motto initiative, "Ad Astra
-- To The Stars".