We are an aerospace development center under the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo working to develop sustainable technologies and industries that benefit Hawaiʻi and space exploration. We offer unique hands-on learning experiences to the next generation of scientists, researchers and engineers, preparing them to meet the demands of a highly competitive industry while improving the local economy.
Since 2012, we have mentored and supported more than 100 high school and undergraduate students in projects related to space exploration, materials science, robotics, planetary geology and other fields.
Our research focuses on developing ISRU (in-situ resource utilization) technology through in-house initiatives and NASA-funded partnerships. We also facilitate access to among the best Moon/Mars analog sites in the world for pre-flight robotics and instrument testing.
We are actively involved in outreach and education initiatives that encourage youth in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). On Hawaiʻi Island, we participate in more than two dozen events each year, celebrating and sharing the wonders of space exploration with our community.