This week, the University of Hawaiʻi (UH)at Mānoa's Hoʻoponopono 2 (H2) CubeSat was launched on a Minotaur rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. Led by Professor Wayne Shiroma, students within the UH Mānoa's College of Engineering's Small Satellite Program have spent the past three years designing the CubeSat, which is about the size of a loaf of bread. According to the UH website
, "H2’s experimental mission is to perform radar calibration and performance monitoring for U.S. Department of Defense radar stations that track various objects in space. That task was previously carried out for the past 20 years by a satellite that is 20 times larger and 40 times more expensive than H2. That satellite recently failed in orbit, leaving the radar community without a dedicated calibration satellite."
The UH Mānoa has been a member of AGI's Educational Alliance Program
since 2006, which brings our industry-leading Systems Tool Kit
(STK) software to the engineers of tomorrow. In addition to Professor Shiroma's program, the software is also used in the Astronautics program. Check out the recent video about the project:
Satellite built by UH students headed to space from University of Hawai'i System on Vimeo.