This is not about the Moon • This is about the Future
JUSTSAP 2010 evaluated both the benefits and feasible approaches to establishing a multinational research park on the Moon that would be developed and operated by a consortium of space-faring nations from around the world.
The symposium delegates included leading scientists, engineers, educators, business leaders and government officials from NASA, JAXA, private industry, and universities in both Japan and the United States.
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beginning with development of a terrestrial prototype for a multinational lunar base, established in Hawaii through the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration systems (PISCES) at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
The PISCES analog site would utilize the unique terrain on the Big Island (which closely simulates lunar soil, or “regolith”) to test and evaluate innovative robotics, energy, communications, resource utilization, and other technologies required to establish and sustain long-term settlements in space.
It also would serve as a unique international center for space research and education to inspire and train the next generation of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs that will develop the space frontier. Read more.
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a robotic village on the lunar surface – building upon unmanned missions currently under development at NASA and other space agencies, as well as commercial efforts championed by Google Lunar X-Prize contestants and other entrepreneurial ventures.
Robots in the village would be teleoperated from Earth, and provide a unique capability for scientists, educators and students to explore the lunar surface and conduct groundbreaking experiments.BenefitsMM MMMMMMM M MMMMMMMMMMMMM
These robotic technologies would evolve over time to eventually enable the construction of the first habitable human settlement on the Moon. Read more.
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sustainable robotic and human modules on the lunar surface, including a platform for atmosphere-free observations of our Earth, sun and other planets within our solar system; comets and asteroids that potentially could strike Earth; and galaxies at the very edge of the universe.
These modules would also facilitate mining of the lunar regolith to spur space commerce, an outpost for media to enhance public awareness of the benefits of space exploration, and a destination for space tourism.
Finally, they will provide a staging ground for both robotic and human missions to asteroids, Mars, and other “deep space” destinations, as well as a testbed for advanced technologies that eventually would enable pioneering voyages to the furthest regions of our solar system. Read more.
Public benefits will accrue from the initial activities on the ground and throughout all phases of development.
This will be the largest collaborative multinational robotic project ever undertaken, and the advances expected in IT and robotics alone will serve the participating countries well.
When students are used for design, development, and testing, it will provide a uniquely inspiring and demanding training ground that will develop important skill sets for 21st century jobs. Read more.
To facilitate the design, development, and implementation of the ILRP, as well as help formulate other highly promising multinational space initiatives, JUSTSAP will be expanded over the next year into a Pacific International Space Alliance (“PISA”).
Building upon the strong bilateral relationship between Japan and the United States established through JUSTSAP, PISA will provide a unique forum through which government, industry and university representatives from space-faring nations worldwide can explore options and build strategic partnerships toward sustainable space missions. Read more