As the global economic recession poses increasingly significant challenges for nations worldwide, questions abound concerning the potential for humans to pioneer the frontiers of space. Yet many visionaries from around our planet, who recognize the substantial scientific, educational and commercial benefits of space exploration, are seeking to enhance the capacity for people to learn, work, and ultimately live beyond the Earth. Clearly, these efforts will require innovative approaches that can help reduce the costs, expand the benefits, and enhance the feasibility of both robotic and human missions to space.
The State of Hawaii is exploring a novel strategy for advancing space exploration and development through an International Lunar Research Park (ILRP) – initially prototyped through terrestrial analog facilities in Hawai‘i, and subsequently deployed robotically on the Moon (with eventual human habitation).
The ILRP would be multinational in scope (to help reduce the costs per nation), developed through public-private partnerships (to leverage entrepreneurship and expand commercial opportunities), and massively participatory (to engage the public and enhance the program’s long-term sustainability).
We will be discussing the ILRP concept with representatives from government, industry and academia at a “leaders summit” on the island of Hawai‘i in November, with the goal of developing a plan that potentially could implement a multinational, lunar-based research park within a decade. Additional information on the ILRP concept and Summit is provided on this website.
The ILRP Leaders Summit is being hosted by the State of Hawai‘i in collaboration with the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES), the Pacific International Space Alliance (PISA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the ILRP Corporate Consortium, and the UH Hilo Conference Center. Questions concerning this initiative may be directed to the Hawaii Office of Aerospace Development in Honolulu via telephone (808-586-2388) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).