INNOVATIVE RESEARCH FOR EARTH & SPACE
We are focused on Applied Research in space exploration technologies like ISRU (in-situ resource utilization) to support future space missions while spawning new industries here on Earth—especially in Hawaiʻi. Through public, private and academic partnerships, our research projects continually draw grant funding from state and federal entities.
We are researching various techniques of using volcanic basalt to create durable, cost-effective building materials for use on Earth and in space for In-Situ Resource Utilization.
Meet Helelani, our ODG Alpha Argo analog rover. She serves as a learning tool for students and testing platform for space instruments.
We provide access to high-fidelity planetary analog sites in Hawaiʻi to support pre-flight testing operations for the moon and Mars.
In 2018, we developed a sintered basalt LEGO block design in partnership with Honeybee Robotics through a Phase 1 NASA STTR grant.
In 2017, we worked with the Hawaii Ant Lab through funding from the Hawaii County Dept. of Research and Development to develop a little fire ant bait dispersion system for a UAV.
In 2016, we partnered with Honeybee Robotics, NASA SwampWorks and the County of Hawaiʻi to construct a robotically built ISRU Launch and Landing Pad made entirely of sintered basalt.
In 2015, we partnered NASA KSC, UH Mānoa and the County of Hawaiʻi to build a “lunar” sidewalk in Hilo made of basalt-based construction materials. The project tested the long-term durability of sintered basalt compared with traditional concrete.