Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES)

Your launchpad to developing STEM-related career skills and experience through unique, hands-on aerospace projects.
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Our Mission

PISCES is a research and education program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s College of Natural & Health Sciences. We work to advance sustainable resource utilization and technology for Hawaiʻi, the Moon, and beyond. Through projects in applied research, robotics, and aerospace development, we help young explorers dream big and pursue space-related careers.

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Our Work

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Applied Research

Dual-use technologies for earth and space exploration

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Aerospace Development

Growing and diversifying Hawaiʻi's economy

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Education & Outreach

Internships, resources, and STEM programs for students in Hawaiʻi

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Applications Open for 2024 Akamai Internship Program

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