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Hawai’i Research Infrastructure Development

When the U.S. military’s ORS-4 mission makes it to space, it will not only demonstrate a new, low-cost launch capability to deliver 300 kilograms to low-earth orbit; it’ll also be the first orbital launch from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kaua’i, Hawai’i and will carry a satellite designed and built by University of Hawai’i faculty and students. The 110-pound Hyperspectral Imaging, Aeronautical Kinematic Analysis satellite, or HiakaSat, will be ORS-4’s primary payload, accompanied by 12 CubeSats aboard a Super-Strypi rocket. “Hiaka”, meaning “to recite legends or fabulous stories” in Hawaiian, is the latest cooperative effort of the EPSCoR-funded Hawai’i Space Flight Laboratory. HSFL was established in 2007 within the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology and the College of Engineering. Its goal is to design, build, launch, and operate small spacecraft from the Hawaiian Islands while promoting economic growth opportunities for the state in those markets. HSFL has attracted more than $35 million in government funding for HiakaSat. For this mission, Kaua’i Community College will be the primary communications link for the satellite. A Honolulu Community College-built payload with a camera will photograph the separation of HiakaSat from its rocket’s third stage; HCC electronics will provide backup memory to HiakaSat and operate a receiving station. HSFL personnel will operate the rocket’s 135-foot rail launcher, the largest sounding rocket launcher in the world. Windward Community College and UH Hilo are also assisting with the mission. Interim UH President David Lassner said, “The University of Hawai’i is pleased to support the state in becoming a lowcost gateway to space and to provide our students with realworld experience that will be invaluable as we train Hawai’i’s aerospace workforce.”

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NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014 -15

HiakaSat (HawaiiSat-1 mission) in the HSFL I&T clean room. (image credit: UH/HSFL)

Various views of the HiakaSat microsatellite. (image credit: HU/HSFL)

EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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