Building a Future Beyond Earth

We are an aerospace research, education, and training program at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
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Our Mission

The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) is a research and education program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s College of Natural & Health Sciences. We develop sustainable resource utilization technology for Earth and space and help young explorers gain hands-on training for space-related careers.

Research & Programs

Applied Research

Researching In-Situ Resource Utilization technologies with applications for Earth and space.

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Aerospace Development

Growing and diversifying Hawaiʻi’s economy through aerospace development initiatives.
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Education & Outreach

Providing opportunities for youth through internships, STEM programs and activities.

2024 Women’s STARS Program

Applications are now open!

Our Women’s STARS Program is a week-long summer STEM adventure for young women to learn about and explore STEM fields and careers.

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Student Resources

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Launch a Space Career

Interested in pursuing a career in space exploration? Check out our student resource guide for a listing of local and national internships, fellowships, space programs, scholarships, and networking opportunities.

Latest News

When to View the 2024 Solar Eclipse in Hawaiʻi

On Monday, April 8, North America will be shrouded in darkness during daylight hours when the first total solar eclipse since 2017 sweeps...

NASA Satellite Built by UH Students Successfully Launched for Year-long Mission

Credit: Nasa/UH News  Dozens of students and faculty members at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are celebrating the successful launch...

SpaceX’s Starship Achieves Major Milestone During Third Test Flight

Space-X's Starship and Super Heavy booster Awaiting launch  SpaceX launched its anticipated third Starship test flight on March 14,...

NASA Aeronautics Research Challenge Seeking Student Innovators

Interested in growing your knowledge and experience of aeronautics with the support of a NASA-funded research program? NASA is seeking...

Saturn’s ‘Death Star’ Moon Could Harbor a Hidden Ocean

Pictured Above: Saturn's moon Mimas, aka the “Death Star.” Credit: NASA Scientists just discovered liquid water in a place they never...