Meet our 700-pound analog planetary rover, Helelani (“heavenly travels”). Helelani is equipped with a suite of instruments and imaging systems that can be controlled remotely, providing a mobile testing platform for planetary surface systems. Space agencies anywhere in the world can operate Helelani tele-robotically in the rugged terrain of high-fidelity planetary analog testing sites on Hawaiʻi Island.
Helelani also provides an ongoing project for undergraduate students seeking hands-on experience in robotics, engineering, and programming. Students in the robotics track of our internship program work to advance and refine the hardware and software systems that operate Helelani.
Heʻe Manu UAV
Our Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) named Heʻe Manu (flying octopus) was originally developed as a pest-control project in partnership with the Hawaiʻi County Department of Research & Development. We designed an integrated pesticide dispersion system that could be mounted on the UAV to treat hard-to-reach tree canopies. Heʻe Manu was built and programmed with help from our interns.