HSFL was established in May 2007 within the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and the College of Engineering (CoE) at the University of Hawaii. As a multidisciplinary research and education center HSFL brings together individuals from diverse areas to work on the exploration and understanding of the space environment. The mission of HSFL is to:
* Promote innovative engineering and science research for terrestrial and planetary space missions.
* Develop, launch, and operate small spacecraft from the Hawaiian Islands to accelerate the validation of new space technologies.
* Provide workforce training in all aspects of unmanned space missions.
* Build synergistic collaborations among educational, governmental, and corporate institutions interested in space exploration.
Hawaii is located in a unique position to become a low-cost gateway to space and to place the University of Hawaii as the only university in the world to have both satellite fabrication capabilities and unique, direct access to orbital space. This will enable diverse missions that study Earth's oceans and continents from low-Earth orbit, as well as the testing of engineering experiments in the hostile environment of space.
800-100 torr (1.6 dm)
The core facility provides access to the data acquisition instrumentation that is available in the core.
As part of the laboratory's mission to "provide workforce training in all aspects of unmanned space missions", the lab offers training to students who are interested in:
-simulation of different conditions
The core facility offers seminars to PIs that explain how to maximize their time and productivity and how to use COSMOS effectively for their research.