HyTI Selected for NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative

It was announced yesterday that HyTI is among the selections in the latest round of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative program. HyTI is a collaboration between the University of Hawaii/HSFL, JPL, Saraniasat Inc., and others to design, build, test and fly a 6U CubeSat in low Earth orbit (LEO). Among the technologies to be demonstrated from LEO include a hyperspectral imager being developed by HSFL and the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, and high performance on-board computing. The HyTI proposal was awarded and officially started last year.

NASA InVEST Proposal Awarded

The University of Hawaii and HSFL’s proposal for Hyperspectral Thermal Imager (HyTI), in collaboration with JPL and Saraniasat Inc., has been selected by NASA for the In-Space Validation of Earth Science Technologies Program. The official announcement may be found here.

Ellison Onizuka Day of Exploration 2018

HSFL will be participating in the 2018 Ellison Onizuka Day of Exploration on Saturday, April 28 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Our booth with the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium will feature a student suborbital payload, a number of our 3D printed models, and a thermal photo booth inspired by the Spectral Technology Group at HIGP. Members of our staff and some of our students will be present to discuss the science and engineering behind our exhibit.

This event is organized by the Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America and last year attracted over 7,300 attendees. For more information, visit the event website here.

SOEST Open House is Coming

HSFL will be participating in the biennial Open House for the School of Ocean Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) on October 20 and 21 on the UH Manoa campus. Various hands-on activities and demonstrations for all ages will feature the research conducted in the various institutes, centers, laboratories, and programs that are part of SOEST. This event is free and open to the public. More information including maps may be found here.

Student Team Project Wins Award

The CubeSat Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) Testing and Validation Team placed 4th in the ASME Hawaii Francis Rhodes Montgomery Design Competition. Their project involved the design and construction of an assembly for testing and validation of the ADCS of a 3U CubeSat under development at HSFL. The test assembly incorporates a spherical air bearing and balancing mechanisms for co-locating the center of mass at the center of rotation while matching the moment of intertia properties of the CubeSat. Team members Yosef Ben Gershom, Brialyn Onodera, Jonah Ang, and Mars Rayno were mentored by Dr. Miguel Nunes of HSFL. The competition was held on May 5, 2017 and is typically for students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Senior Design course.

Pictures, abstracts and more information may be found here.

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

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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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