Hawaii's Portal to Space

Research, development, and education for space exploration.
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What We Do

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Applied Research

Researching dual-use technologies for Earth & space.

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Aerospace Development

Diversifiying & growing the local economy.

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Internships & Education

Hands-on STEM projects & programs for future explorers.

Latest News

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UH Lab Creates Building Blocks for DNA in Simulated Deep Space Environment

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa have discovered a way to synthetically make building blocks for DNA and RNA under the...
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Satellites Capture Mauna Loa Eruption From Space

Above: The European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite captured this composite image of the eruption shortly after it...
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PISCES Leads Remote Lunar Rover Simulation During MVA Symposium

Above: Helelani in the field at the HOST Park's lunar analog site in Kailua-Kona. Operators in California used a graphic user interface to...
Artemis I Orion spacecraft's view of Earth and the Moon

Artemis I Sets Record for Distance Flown From Earth by Crew Spacecraft

Credit: NASA NASA's Artemis I mission made history on Monday, Nov. 28 when the uncrewed Orion spacecraft reached its maximum distance from...
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2023 Akamai Internship Program Accepting Applicants

Credit: Akamai Workforce Initiative The 2023 Akamai internship program is now accepting applications through its online portal. STEM...

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Jan 24 2023

#space #funfact 🦒 Baby giraffes have helped astronauts adapt to zero-gravity. In the '80s, NASA researchers found parallels between astronauts in space and new-born giraffes learning to walk. Studying giraffes led to a device that keeps astronauts' blood circulating properly. https://t.co/NvuPuEXtq5 Read More

Jan 23 2023

NexTech Hawaii is offering its annual Amelia Earhart Girls in Engineering Day on Jan. 28 at Waiākea High School. Girls in grades 4–8 are invited for a day of hands-on STEM activities w/ experienced mentors. Spaces are limited! Sign up here ➡ 📸 NexTech https://t.co/pH0EsZnhdc Read More

Jan 19 2023
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Our Mission

We are a research center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo focused on additive manufacturing technology to advance space exploration and improve the local economy. Through projects in applied research and aerospace development, we serve as a launchpad to inspire and prepare kamaʻāina students for space-related careers.