International Lunar Exploration Working Group

International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG) is a public forum sponsored by the world's space agencies to develop research and international cooperation towards a world strategy for the exploration and utilization of the Moon.[1][2]


Founding agencies (1994) : ASA, ASI, BNSC, CNES, DARA, ESA, ISAS, NASA, NASDA, RSA.[3]

Operations and conferences

The 8th gathering was held 2006 July 23–27 in Beijing, China, and agreed the new Lunar Beijing Declaration.[1]


The roadmap or timeline envisaged includes a 15-year period of robotic operations before crewed missions.[3]:9 Robots would pilot in-situ resource utilisation and construct habitation for later crew.

See also