Construction of Prototype Lunar Base Proposed for Hawaii

HILO, Hawaii (PISCES PR) — During the Hawai’i Aerospace Summit in Honolulu last October, PISCES Board Chairperson and entrepreneur Henk Rogers called for the construction of a prototype lunar base on the Big Island that could catapult the State of Hawai’i into the frontlines of the global aerospace industry.


Kona International Airport Moves Forward on Spaceport Application

The Big Island of Hawaii
The Big Island of Hawaii

Kona International Airport on the island of Hawaii is nearing the completion of an environmental assessment required for its application for a spaceport license.

If the environmental assessment comes back and the results are FONSI — findings of no significant impact —the next step is 30 days of public meetings in Kailua-Kona.

The state has already received several drafts from the Federal Aviation Administration and are just awaiting the final document.

Read the full story.

Hawaii, NASA Sign Deal on Space Cooperation

The Big Island of Hawaii

NASA PR — WASHINGTON — NASA and Hawaii have agreed to collaborate on a wide range of activities to promote America’s human and robotic exploration of space. The partnership also will contribute to the development of education programs and foster economic opportunities including new, high-tech jobs.

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie and NASA Associate Deputy Administrator Rebecca Keiser signed a two-year non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement Annex during a ceremony today in Honolulu. The ceremony was held on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s historic announcement committing the country to land an American on the moon and return him safely before the end of the decade.


Hawaiian Legislature Pushes Ahead on Spaceport Application

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Hawaiian State Senators are debating a bill that would allow the state to apply for a spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration. A similar measure passed the Legislature last year, but no money was appropriated for it by then-Gov. Linda Lingle.

The full text of Senate Bill 112, which was introduced by Sen. Will Espero, is shown after the break.


NewSpace 09: Commercial Space in the Hawaiian Islands

The Big Island of Hawaii
The Big Island of Hawaii from space

Jim Crisafulli
Director, Office of Aerospace Development, State of Hawaii

–Hawaii has a lot of space-related activities

  • Mauna Kea Observatories
  • Hawaii is a contender with Chile on the location of the next generation telescope….May find out as early as Monday….
  • Research and development expertise at the University of Hawaii in a wide-range of fields, include remote sensing, atmospheric and oceanic monitoring, terrestrial and coastal mapping, and disaster mitigation and relief
  • Home-grown companies in Hawaii are involved in many of these areas…


Space Tourism Promises Spectacular View of Hawaiian Islands

The Big Island of Hawaii
The Big Island of Hawaii

Fly Me to the Moon
Honolulu Weekly

“Ever since I was a child, I’ve thought space travel was fascinating,” said Rep. Gene Ward in support of House Bill 994, which would promote space tourism ventures on Oahu.

“We have a lot of space cadets around here,” he laughed. “Think of weightlessness–what a fantastic experience to be had. And without having to go to the moon!”


Hawaii Aims to Get Piece of Space Tourism Market

Could Space Tourism be the Future for Hawaii?

The next big thing in tourism could offer out-of-this-world experiences for Hawaii visitors.

It seems like science fiction, but the reality could be just a few years away – launching into orbit from Hawaii. “Space tourism is the next generation of humankind reaching for the stars,” said Jim Crisafulli, of the State Office Aerospace Development.