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The International Lunar Research Park Exploratory Workshop was held Tuesday 5 April 2011 at the NASA Ames Conference Center. 

The purpose of the workshop was to gather experts and pioneering thinkers from across the United States to explore innovative opportunities to enhance multinational collaboration in the exploration and development of space. 

Discussions focused on the potential benefits and feasible approaches to establishing a multinational research park on the Moon over the next decade, prototyped through analog facilities on Earth, that would be developed with strong U.S. leadership and operated by a consortium of space-faring nations through public-private partnerships. 

The Workshop was organized by the State of Hawaii as part of a grant and Space Act Agreement with NASA for exploring concepts for human exploration and development of the Moon. 

For more background information on the International Lunar Research Park, click here.



Key Finding:  There are NO technical showstoppers to building an International Lunar
Research Park on the Moon.  It is only a matter of marshaling the resources for it to happen.




 
  Vision


Build the first permanent settlement on the Moon
with the nations of Earth
for the benefit of humanity.


Been there ... Never Done This!

  Purpose
Development of a New World Supports Many and Varied Purposes
  • Advance solar system exploration and development
  • Enable more people to go beyond Earth
  • Inspire education and 21st century jobs
  • Craft a better future by advancing technologies
  • Open new opportunities through new discoveries
  • Increase wealth through commerce
  • Expand international collaborations
  • Create better options for the people of Earth
 
Feasibility
No Technical Showstoppers
  • Earth to Moon transportation technologies were developed by 1969.
  • The International Space Station is an existence proof that a very large facility can be built and maintained in space with 16 countries responsible for its development and operations.
  • Communication technologies are commercially available now.
  • Google Lunar X-Prize is a game-changer for commercial collaborations on the Moon.
  • COTS/CRS provides the development model for significant parts of the necessary infrastructure.
  • Habitat technologies are  being developed by Bigelow Aerospace.
  • Autonomous and teleoperated robotics technologies are available now.
  • Solar Power Beaming to the Lunar Surface would provide global communications and navigation as well as power.  It could be instrumental in retiring the technical and economic risk behind space-based power beaming to Earth.

 

Benefits
Extraordinary Endeavors Yield Extraordinary
Benefits



 
  • 21st Century High-Tech Jobs
  • Establish the new space economy as a multi-world platform
  • Next generation robotic and IT solutions yielding new products that increase competitive edge in the global marketplace.
  • Investment in universities and training students in high payoff careers
  • Extreme Green Technologies
  • Prototype space based solar power beaming - needed on the Moon, provides benchmark for earth applications.
  • Promotes development of space commercial industries
  • Increased peaceful international collaborative ventures
  • Joint development project of the global village
  • Solar power beaming to the lunar surface could be instrumental in retiring the technical and economic risk behind space-based power beaming to Earth.


Tribute to a Great Man


Towards the end of the meeting, after giving the keynote address on the potential value to society of the International Lunar Research Park and leading a discussion group on the importance of education as part of the ILRP portfolio, Nobel Laureate Dr. Baruch Blumberg, a man whose work saved literally millions of lives, died of a heart attack in the meeting room.  His death at 85 years old was almost instant and he died doing what he loved best, encouraging the development of new opportunities for discoveries that improve the human condition. 

A writeup on the ILRP by one participants, venture capitalist Steven Jurvetson, can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/5601232656/ as well as his beautiful tribute to Dr. Blumberg http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/5596259439/in/photostream/ .  The image to the right is cropped from the picture taken by Steven Jurvetson. 

For more information on the ILRP see https://sites.google.com/site/internationallunarresearchpark/