- Press Release
- Oct 31, 2023
ILOA and Canadensys Aerospace Announce Lunar Optics Program in Continued Partnership for Lunar South Pole Observatory
The International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA), based in Hawaii, and Toronto-based Canadensys Aerospace Corporation, announce a new program for their continued collaboration to develop the payload for the International Lunar Observatory mission (ILO-1) to the Moon’s South Pole in 2019.
ILOA and Canadensys have signed this month a multi-year contract for Canadensys to develop robust optics for the ILO-1 mission. This Lunar Optics Program complements the previous development of robust electronics components for the mission, and develops further technology required to enable the observatory to survive and operate under the harsh temperature, radiation and vacuum environment it will encounter during its long-term lunar south pole mission.
“The ILO-1 observatory will pioneer the next frontier of Astronomy, demonstrating the value of the Moon for the scientific study of our Galaxy and beyond, as well as observing human and natural activities on the lunar south pole and communicating these back to Earth,” said Steve Durst, Founder and Director of the ILOA and Space Age Publishing Company. “We are pleased to continue our collaboration with our ILO-1 payload prime contractor Canadensys Aerospace in this next phase of activities.”
“We are excited to be developing the required optics technologies for the ILO-1 observatory mission,” added Christian Sallaberger, President & CEO of Canadensys Aerospace Corporation. “The International Lunar Observatory Association is a truly visionary organization, and it is an honor for us to be working with them on their flagship mission.”
International Lunar Observatory Association is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to expand human knowledge of the Cosmos through observation from our Moon and to participate in internationally cooperative lunar base build-out, with Aloha – the spirit of Hawai`i. It sponsors, with affiliate Space Age Publishing Co., an education and outreach program known as Galaxy Forums. These are public events with presentations, panel discussions and attendee participation. Efforts are made to integrate local cultures, perspectives, and traditional knowledge. Galaxy Forums have been held in Hawaii, Silicon Valley, Canada, China, India, Southeast Asia, Japan, Europe, Africa, Chile, Brazil, Kansas and New York.
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