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Sky isn’t the limit for UH spaceflight lab

The idea is as simple as the goal is audacious: become the only university in the world with dedicated rocket-launch capability. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Space Flight Laboratory is well on its way to turning concept into reality. Read full story...

Getting to Space: Innovative Satellite Launch Program

Brian Taylor, dean, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, UH Manoa
A new economic driver for Hawai‘i is rocket science, Taylor said, describing his school’s Space Flight Laboratory, which is involved “from soup to nuts” in developing and testing spacecraft and instrumentation, providing launch and mission support and handling satellite data download and analysis.
Watch the video | Download his presentation slides | Read about the project

Astronomy Development and its Contribution to Economic Development in Hawai‘i

Robert McLaren, associate director, Institute for Astronomy, UH Manoa
Spin-off companies related to imaging devices for telescopes at Mauna Kea and Haleakala not only contribute to the economy of Hawai‘i, but inspire children who realize high technology jobs are available in the islands, McLaren said.
Watch the video | Download his presentation slides

Thirty Meter Telescope

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project planned for Mauna Kea is expected be the world’s most advanced and capable ground-based optical, near-infrared, and mid-infrared observatory.
Thirty Meter Telescope | TMT Overview (Video) | TMT Receives Permit | UH BoR Approves TMT Project

Advanced Technology Solar Telescope

The Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) will be the largest solar telescope in the world when it is built on Maui atop Haleakala. The funding agency for the $298-million telescope is the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Corporate Office is the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). The principal investigator is the National Solar Observatory (NSO), and there are four co-principal investigators: the High Altitude Observatory, the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Center for Solar Research, the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy, and the University of Chicago's Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The ATST should provide clues to the origin and development of solar storms that can affect life on Earth.
The Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) | Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai‘i, on ATST


  • The University of Hawai‘i can be the new driver to create new businesses in biofuels, geothermal, wind; continuing development of technologies of use to the military; and biomedical advances. We have the entrepreneurs, the commitment and the partners to do it. The UH is going to be in the lead and I couldn’t be happier to make my complete commitment to it.”
    Neil Abercrombie, Governor, State of Hawai‘i
  • I am pleased to support the University of Hawaii’s Innovation Initiative. Please join me in expanding Hawai‘i’s research industry for a better and brighter tomorrow for the generations to follow.”
    The late Daniel K. Inouye, United States Senator
  • There is huge economic opportunity in growing our research sector. We need to seize the day and support the University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative.”
    Walter A. Dods, Jr., Chairman of the Board, Matson Inc.
  • The local business community has long recognized that research and innovation need to be part of Hawai‘i’s future.”
    Gary Kai, Executive Director, Hawai‘i Business Roundtable
  • Hawai‘i needs a strong research university to fully realize the potential of our knowledge-based sectors.”
    Jeanne Unemori Skog, President and CEO, Maui Economic Development Board
  • The University of Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative is an effort we hope the community will support, because it could determine the future of the state.”
    M. R. C. Greenwood, President, University of Hawai'i