The Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) was established in May 2007 within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and the College of Engineering (CoE) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. HSFL is also embedded as a laboratory of the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP). As a multidisciplinary research and education center, HSFL brings together individuals from diverse areas to work on the exploration and understanding of the space environment. HSFL enables the University of Hawaii to design, build, launch and operate microsatellites in the 1-150 kg range that can be configured for a variety of science and educational tasks.


The Hawai'i Space Flight Lab aims to create a sustainable aerospace economy in Hawai'i. We already have small satellite designs, fabrication, integration, test, and launch capabilities. 

We will strive in these three areas:

  1. High-altitude, long-duration UAS research, and operations

  2. Small launch from Hawai'i focused on glider- launches to support Artemis Prime (small missions to the moon)

  3. Planetary surface analog technology and engineering development (using sections of the Big Island for rover development, basalt construction, etc)

As a research facility, HSFL aims to: 

  • Promote innovative engineering and science research for terrestrial and planetary space missions

  • Develop, launch, and operate small spacecraft from the Hawaiian Islands to accelerate the validation of new space technologies

  • Provide workforce training in all aspects of unmanned space missions

  • Build synergistic collaborations among educational, governmental, and corporate instructions interested in space exploration


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  • Partner with HSFL to advance small spacecraft design.

  • Join HSFL on technology validation missions.

  • Call on a diverse group of instrument-developing faculty from the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology and the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.

  • Use the HSFL clean rooms for systems integration, thermo-vac testing, vibration /shock testing, and payload spin balancing.

  • Partner with HSFL in designing software and hardware tools to support spacecraft mission operations.