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HALO Program Offers Remote Testing at Analog Site for Moon and Mars

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
January 7, 2021
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ODG Alpha Argo rover (Credit: PISCES)

HILO, HI (PISCES PR) — The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) is launching a new program offering remote or on-site access to a lunar analog environment with a planetary rover. Called Hawaiʻi Analog for Lunar Operations (H4LO), the program includes an ODG Alpha Argo rover with open payload design, allowing interested parties to test various instruments and devices for lunar and Mars exploration. The rover can be operated by third parties anywhere in the world using highspeed internet.

The lunar analog environment is a rugged volcanic landscape on Hawaii Island located within the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaiʻi Authority’s (NELHA) Hawaiʻi Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park. With a similar appearance and chemical composition to the lunar and Martian surface, the site provides a realistic testing arena for human and robotic space missions.

For inquiries and more information about the H4LO program, please contact us at [email protected] or call +1 (808) 935-8270.