PISCES Moon RIDERS Gets $35,000 In Grants

FILE PHOTO courtesy PISCES: Moon RIDERS students conduct tests on Mauna Kea.

HILO, Hawaii – A joint program that aims to put a student-built lunar experiment on the surface of the Moon in early 2017 has gotten a $35,000 boost courtesy two grants. The beneficiary is the Moon RIDERS project, a joint partnership between the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES), NASA, and two Hawai‘i […]

Hawaii could be ground zero for improving NASA communications

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Senator Will Espero, along with officials from NASA, today held a press conference urging the approval of Senate Bill 2583 Senate Draft 1, a bill related to launching Hawaii’s aerospace industry through investment in a laser optical communications ground station. The measure is awaiting a hearing in the House Finance committee. The […]

VIDEO: PISCES funding passes Senate Ways and Means

Lunar rover prototype crawls along a Hawaii Island surface

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Looks like PISCES, the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems based in Hilo, is going to be getting some needed funding this legislative session. Two bills have made it through the Senate Ways and Means Committee, the last committee stop for projects looking for money. SB2584 will deliver $250,000 dollars for […]

Big Island “Take Home the Bacon” Bill Signings

Senate Bill 1256 signed into law by Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Tuesday was a good day for Hilo at the state Capitol. Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui, who is acting as the state’s top executive in the absence of Governor Neil Abercrombie, signed three bills into law that were of direct benefit to East Hawaii. One of them was a crucial measure for a […]

Bills would fund PISCES, study sustainable concrete initiative

by David Corrigan Honolulu, Hawaii – Two crossed-over Senate Bills relating to the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems – or PISCES – are being heard today at State House Finance Committee. SB1256 appropriates $1,200,000 million to support operations and the purchase of equipment required to support PISCES’ activities, such as its proposed aerospace […]