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PISCES hosts meeting of space organization, research centers


The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) is hosting about 40 representatives from a variety of space organizations Feb. 11-12 in Hilo, to talk about the role of PISCES in future research, education and field tests.

The meeting will be held at the Institute for Astronomy on the University of Hawaii at Hilo campus.

Attendees who are interested in working with PISCES on future space-related projects will be coming from Japanese companies, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Battelle Institute, Hawaii State Government, the University of Hawaii, Boise State University, the University of Wisconsin, and numerous companies and organizations.

On Thursday, Feb. 11, the meeting included an overview of PISCES – how it started, what it has accomplished, and how it hopes to grow with the Hawaii community. Presentations will be given on PISCES education and outreach programs; then, the group will take a field trip to the PISCES test site and Mauna Kea summit.

On Friday, Feb. 12, starting at 8:30 a.m., the group will hear a summary of field tests recently completed at the PISCES site on the lower slopes of Mauna Kea.

Then, three speakers will address the group: Ron Baird of the Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii Authority, Dr. Masahiro Takayanagi of the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) and Pascal Lee, Director of the Mars Institute. Following these speakers, the group will discuss collaborations with PISCES.

In the afternoon, starting at 1 p,m., attendees will hear from local and state constituents, the center’s Cultural Advisory Council, the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii State Government, and the Mauna Kea Telescope community. A robot demonstration from the Tokyo Institute of Technology will close the afternoon’s activities.

There will be an evening awards ceremony for the PISCES student design competition, recognizing the winning lunar exploration-related designs submitted from colleges and universities around the world.

The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, known as PISCES, is a research and education center headquartered at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

PISCES is dedicated to the development of technologies needed to sustain human life on the moon and beyond. Its mission is to advance the settlement of space through partnerships with industry, academia, NASA and space agencies around the world.

PISCES utilizes a testing site on the volcanic terrain of the Island of Hawaii, which is more like the surface of the moon than any place on Earth.

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