Invitation Letter


Exploratory Workshop for an International Lunar Research Park
NASA Research Park, Moffett Field, CA, 94035, April 5, 2011

             



Dear Colleague,
 
You are cordially invited to attend a gathering of pioneering thinkers from across the United States to explore innovative opportunities to enhance multinational collaboration in the exploration and development of space.  Our discussions will focus 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.  

This exploratory workshop will be held from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (PST) on April 5, 2011 at the NASA Research Park, Moffett Field, CA  94035.  An evening reception will follow from 5:30 until 8:00 pm.  Please RSVP via return e-mail by March 23, 2011.  For further information, please see the website at: https://sites.google.com/site/internationallunarresearchpark/ or call 650-604-4655.

Brief Background: The State of Hawaii, host of the Japan-US Science, Technology and Space Applications Program (JUSTSAP) Conference, recently launched the Pacific International Space Alliance (PISA) – a public-private partnership to facilitate multinational collaboration on both robotic and human missions to space.  Designed to reduce the costs and enhance the benefits of future space exploration, this dynamic coalition is now collaborating with NASA and the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES – also headquartered in Hawaii).  A principal goal of PISCES is to advance robotic space exploration and enable a sustainable human presence beyond low-Earth orbit through development of an International Lunar Research Park (ILRP) that will provide multiple scientific, educational and commercial benefits to the US and nations worldwide.   

These activities are being complemented by expanding discussions and interest in the scientific and business communities regarding the prospect of robotic systems operating on the lunar surface within the next three to five years.  These opportunities are being inspired by magnificent images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, empowered by the Google Lunar-X prize, and supported by recent developments such as the highly successful test flight of the SpaceX Falcon-9/Dragon system.

Building on the productive discussions at the 2010 JUSTSAP conference, the purpose of this workshop will be to identify and articulate “next steps” toward development of an international research park on the Moon that would support deep space observations, space education and training, sustainable technologies, space commerce, and robotic and human missions to other solar system bodies.   This will include discussion of a companion International Lunar Development Authority (ILDA) to provide the legal and international basis for these activities.  A principal goal of the workshop will be to convey the consensus recommendations from our discussions to government, industry, and international decision makers for serious consideration, with a plan for implementation beginning in 2012.
 
Other projected milestones for this initiative include initial development of a Lunar Robotic Village by 2016, leading to the construction of the first human habitat on the lunar surface by 2019 – a fitting tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the first human footsteps on another world.  The Lunar Robotic Village would be the largest multinational collaborative IT and robotic construction project in history, and will demonstrate the phenomenal potential of nations worldwide to collaborate on a project that will truly benefit “all Mankind”.  By leveraging both national and international talent and ingenuity, it may even be possible to establish sustained multinational habitations on the Moon by 2022 – fifty years after the last man from Earth left the lunar surface.
 
Your participation at this stage of development could make a significant difference in shaping humankind’s next “giant leap” in space.   

Sincerely,

Mr. James Crisafulli, Director
Aerospace Development, Strategic Industries Division
Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
State of Hawai`i

Dr. Frank Schowengerdt
Professor of Physics and Director of PISCES
University of Hawai`i at Hilo

Dr. Buzz Aldrin
Astronaut Explorer
Lunar Ambassador
Global Statesman for Space

Baruch S. Blumberg, MD, PhD
Nobel Laureate in Medicine 1976
President, American Philosophical Society

Dr. Thomas L. Matula
TL Matula and Associates

Mr. Lewis Peach
Former Director, Advanced Programs, Office of Space Flight
NASA Headquarters (retired)

Mr. Bruce Pittman
Chair, AIAA Commercial Space Group
President, Silicon Valley Space Club
NASA Research Park
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