Rear Admiral Boris Becker, commander of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) visited to understand the research and testing capabilities of UH ARL air, space, and data visualization programs. Rear Admiral Becker was briefed on the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Program, toured the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory and visited the Laboratory for Advanced Visualizations and Applications (LAVA).


Ted Ralston, the director of Unmanned Aerial Systems at the ARL, briefed Rear Admiral Becker on the current and future UAS projects at ARL@UH, which includes multi-vehicle operations in the marine environment and UAS platform testing as part of the Hawaii UAS Test Range.

Next, Rear Admiral Becker visited the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory clean room. The clean room is primarily used for the integration, assembly, and testing of satellites.  As such, the clean room hallways are rated at class 100,000 and the general work rooms, class 10,000.  The facility also contains a class 1,000 optical and semiconductor lab, and hosts the HSFL Attitude Determination and Control Test Facility (ADCS). The ACDS Test Facility, is a complete end-to-end verification of ADCS systems for small satellite satellites can be executed with great accuracy.

The final stop on the tour was Dr. Jason Leigh’s Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications (LAVA). Here Dylan Kobayashi and Jack Lam, two of Leigh’s graduate students, gave Rear Admiral Becker and his team an overview of the capabilities of the Cyber-enabled collaboration analysis navigation and observation environment (CyberCANOE). Utilizing a collaboration software known as the Scalable Amplified Group Environment (SAGE2), Becker experienced how a command and control room could operate in the near future. SAGE2 enabled interactions previously unavailable to mission planning. Participants connected effortlessly using their own laptops over wireless, interacted in a shared workspace, and got a glimpse of how people might interact with systems through conversation. Rear Admiral Becker then stepped into the highest resolution OLED virtual environment system in the world, the Destiny-class CyberCANOE. Rear Admiral Becker was able to visit the International Space Station, coral reef environments, the observatories of Mauna Kea, and concluded by using Google Earth to visit his house. Onlookers were excited about the potential for creating training environments not easily accessible at a fraction of the cost necessary for the actual environment.