On Jake Forsberg
We work on exciting things at Moon Express - this profile on Software Engineer Jake Forsberg takes us into the development of the first independently sponsored space telescope to be launched to the Moon and deliver Galaxy Imagery from the lunar surface. It's called the International Lunar Observatory precursor (ILO-X), which we are designing and building under contract to the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA).
Jake has been an integral member of the ILO-X development team since joining Moon Express.
The International Lunar Observatory Association, led by American businessman / educator Steve Durst, plans to place an astronomical observatory on the Moon to capture never before seen images of the Galaxy / Stars, Moon and Earth and broadcast them in support of the worldwide Galaxy Forum 21st Century Education program .
Following a 'Global Demonstration‘ of the ILO-X prototype hosted by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in July, 2012 from the summit of Mauna Kea on the big island of Hawaii, Moon Express began work on the ILO-X Engineering Test Unit (ETU), a flight like rendering of the instrument that will be used to test its capabilities from the command and control communications software through to the imaging and publishing aspects of the ILO-X, and to space qualify the final flight design.
Moon Express has designed and is building the ILO-X as the first independently developed astronomical telescope that will operate on the Moon, looking out at the Galaxy and heavens beyond and back at the Earth. About the size of a shoe-box, the ILO-X is using leading edge optical and imaging technology to deliver dramatic and inspiring deep sky pictures of Galactic and Extragalactic objects.
The ILO-X is a precursor to the permanent installation of a larger and more powerful International Lunar Observatory at the South Pole of the Moon. ILOA and Moon Express are establishing a Joint Venture Agreement for the South Pole mission, currently in planning. The ILO missions are expanding the model of commercial space investment to the South Pole of the Moon to do science, education, exploration and commercial activities – such as Lunar Broadcasting of Space Calendar and Lunar Enterprise Daily through affiliated Space Age Publishing Company.
The ILO-X project has deeply inspired Jake and the rest of the Moon Express engineering team to reach for the Moon and in doing so, look at the Galaxy and the Stars in a whole new light.