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 navigate the rover remotely.

The PISCES planetary rover “Helelani” was back in the field at a planetary analog site on Wednesday, Nov. 10 as part of a remotely operated lunar simulation at the Hawaiʻi Ocean Science and Technology Park in Kailua-Kona. In partnership with the International Moonbase Alliance, the event was part of the Moon Village Association’s (MVA) annual workshop and symposium in California. More than a dozen attendees in California piloted Helelani remotely from a laptop across Kona’s rugged volcanic terrain, learning the dynamics of operating a planetary rover on another planet. The simulation was the second of its kind since International Moon Day last summer when students from Pakistan, India, Austria, and Costa Rica piloted Helelani at the Puʻu Waʻa Waʻa Ranch in Kailua-Kona.

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