HSFL at NASA Technology Infusion Road Tour

HSFL representatives will be attending the NASA Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Serving Institutions (HBCUs/MSIs) Technology Infusion Road Tour being hosted by NASA’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), in collaboration with the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) and the Office of Education (OE) at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The event runs from January 10-12. More information may be found here.

Timothy Williams named Outstanding Employee of the Year


In an awards ceremony today, Mr. Timothy Williams was named the RCUH 2015 Outstanding Employee of the Year. Williams was nominated and awarded for his work overseeing and executing the design, installation, qualification and operation of the world’s largest rail launcher system, which was used for the ORS-4 launch on November 3, 2015. The launcher weighs approximately 210,000 lbs with a length of over 135 ft. It was installed at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the island of Kauai in over 400 cubic yards of concrete and 20 tons of rebar. Williams has worked with HSFL from 2007 and has been employed through RCUH for over 20 years.

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HSFL to Launch

The Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory will launch their first microsatellite, HiakaSat, from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the island of Kaua`i. HiakaSat, part of the HawaiiSat-1 Mission and ORS-4 Mission, is scheduled to launch in the last few months of 2015.

Garden Isle News article here.

Seminar Oct 16th, 2013 @ 4:30PM: Frequency Planning 101

event-freqlicensing101Event Information

Guest Speaker: Arthur Feller (W4ART)
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 @ 4:30PM
Location: POST 723 (UH Manoa, 1680 East-West Rd.)
Parking: After 4PM, $6 for upper campus parking
– Purchase a parking ticket at any guard booth
Maps: See our contact page for a map to POST
RSVP: Now closed.


Are you interested in developing wireless systems such as sensor networks, UAV/UAS, or even spacecraft? Join us for a glimpse into how our U.S. radio frequencies are allocated, the problems we face today, and how you can start planning for your own slice of the frequency pi!

Before and After Ham Radio Event

CQ CQ, calling all amateur radio operators!  During the afternoon up till the event and after, anyone nearby UH Manoa can participate in the seminar’s radio meet up!  Please bring your handheld radios and tune into 446.000MHz FM simplex, and alternate 146.520MHz FM simplex.

Speaker Bio

Arthur has been a licensed amateur since 1963. ARRL and AMSAT count him as a Life Member. He holds life membership in the IEEE and is a Fellow of the Radio Club of America.

He was the founding President of the Columbia Amateur Radio Association and Treasurer of AMSAT for twenty years. Now, he serves as President of the Network Engineers Repeater Association and is a Member of the International Amateur Radio Union’s World Amateur Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel.

Operationally, he set up the first trans-Atlantic packet radio gateway station in 1987 with colleagues in Israel and England. He also claims the first mobile-to-mobile communication by satellite in any radio service – accomplished in 1973 with G3ZCZ/W3.

Professionally, he worked as an electronics engineer with the FCC for 27 years, was Chief of Frequency Planning and Equipment Regulation for the Israel Ministry of Communications, and served as the first Communications Officer for the Office of United States Foreign Disaster Assistance in USAID at the Department of State: Perpetual Field Day!

At home, he also enjoys membership in the Arlington Amateur Radio Club.


Funding Awarded for New Addition to the HSFL Satellite System Testing Facility


HSFL has been awarded a new grant for ~$765,000 from the FY 2012 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) toward the purchase and installation of a state-of-the-art Attitude Control System Test Bed. This test bed simulates the space environment using different simulators with a high degree of precision for sensor inputs: load free (equivalent to zero gravity testing), sun luminescence, GPS, and Earth’s magnetic field. “This will greatly increase the capabilities of HSFL and our COSMOS [Comprehensive Open-architecture Space Mission Operations System] project,” commented HSFL’s Dr. Trevor Sorensen upon receiving award confirmation on May 30, 2012 from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Photo (left) shows the ACS Test Bed setup with an air-bearing table inside the Earth-magnetic-field simulator, GPS simulator, and sun simulator system.

Top Honors from ISCOPS for HSFL Graduate Student

M.Nunes_Gold_ISCOPS2012Miguel Nunes (ME/HSFL) was awarded First Place Gold in the PhD Level of the International Student Paper Competition in conjunction with the 13th International Space Conference of Pacific-basin Societies (ISCOPS) held May 15-18, 2012 in Kyoto, Japan. Nunes earned 58/60 points and a unanimous win from the four judges (two from Japan, one from China, and one from U.S.) with his paper, “Satellite Constellation Optimization for Future Earth Observation Missions Using Small Satellites.” The ISCOPS is held jointly by the American Astronautical Society, the Chinese Society of Astronautics, and the Japanese Rocket Society as a forum for space decision-makers, experts, engineers, scientists, and students to exchange ideas and experiences in space technology and discuss the future of space development and its applications, mainly in the Pacific Basin countries. The 2012 conference theme was “Space for Our Future.” Nunes (center) and HSFL’s Dr. Trevor Sorensen (standing behind Nunes) posed for photos at the awards ceremony in Kyoto, Japan.

Intel International Intel International Science and Engineering Fair—Student Awards Announced

Intel_ISEFErik Keoni Wessel, a Hale Kula home school student working on the HSFL COSMOS project, earned prizes at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Pittsburgh, PA, May 14-18, 2012. Wessel won awards totaling $3500 from NASA and the Air Force Research Laboratory for his project, “Simulating Orbital Dynamics and Planetary Collisions in a Video Game.” The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science and the Public, is the world’s largest pre-college science fair competition. One thousand-five hundred participants from 70 countries, regions, and territories vied for the prizes and scholarships.

HSFL Aerospace Engineer Named AIAA Fellow

Dr.Trevor.SorensenDr. Trevor C. Sorensen, HSFL project manager/specialist, was recently elected a Fellow by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Sorensen is also a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society, and in 1994 was awarded NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for his work as Lunar Mission Manager for the DoD/NASA Clementine lunar mission. Read more in the September 1, 2011 UH Press Release.