Astronomical instrument at the University of Hawaiʻi’s Institute for Astronomy. Credit: UH IfA

The University of Hawaiʻi is in the early stages of developing a space technology center that will provide hands-on training experience for students and high-paying jobs for kamaʻāina residents on Hawaiʻi island. With $2 million in funding from the state legislature, UH is designing the facility to produce instruments for space-based missions and ground-based telescopes. The Center is tentatively scheduled for completion by 2030—dependent on additional state funding—and will be located at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s Institute for Astronomy campus. UH Hilo will begin offering pre-engineering courses during the Fall 2024 semester that will be associated with the Center.

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UH launching space tech development center, student-training hub