Above: Helelani analog rover at NELHA’s HOST Park analog site in Kailua-Kona (aerial shown below).

PISCES is launching a new program offering remote or on-site access to lunar analog environments. Called Hawaii Analogs for Lunar Operations (HALO), the program includes access to an ODG Alpha Argo planetary rover which serves as a testing platform for various instruments and devices for lunar and Mars exploration. The rover can be operated by third parties anywhere in the world using high-speed internet.

The lunar analog environment is a rugged volcanic landscape on Hawaii Island located within the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaiʻi Authority’s (NELHA) Hawaiʻi Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park. With a similar appearance and chemical composition to the lunar and Martian surface, the site provides a realistic testing arena for human and robotic space missions.

Learn more about the HALO program.