NASA, Hawaii’s Partner For Space Exploration

Media Release:

NASA and the State of Hawai’i 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.

The Scarab

The Scarab

Governor Neil Abercrombie and NASA Associate Deputy Administrator Rebecca Keiser signed a two-year agreement, formally called a non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement Annex, during a ceremony today in the Governor’s Office. 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.

NASA Engineers Checking Out the SCARAB

NASA Engineers Checking Out the SCARAB

“Hawai’i has been part of America’s space activities from the beginning of the space program when Apollo astronauts trained in the islands for their historic missions to the moon,” Governor Abercrombie said. “This partnership with NASA will broaden educational and employment opportunities for our local families and bring dollars into our economy.”

Moon dust to water

Moon dust to water

The agreement establishes a partnership between NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., and Hawai’i to explore and test new technologies, capabilities and strategies supporting America’s space exploration and development goals.

Under the agreement, the state is proposing to explore the development of a prototype International Lunar Research Park at the University of Hawai’i on Hilo. It would use the state’s unique terrain, which is similar to that of the moon and Mars, to enable development and testing of advanced automated and tele-robotic vehicles. Researchers would benefit from Hawai’i’s natural geography, advanced communications, power generation and other technologies required for space exploration.


“This is the type of participatory exploration involving universities and small- to mid-sized high technology companies that is becoming an increasingly important component of the 21st century space program,” Keiser said. “Americans want to participate directly and personally in space activities. As we have seen from NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services project and the Centennial Challenges prize competitions, harvesting the country’s innovative talent is important to the success of our future endeavors in space. The space frontier is opening in novel and exciting ways.”

The state will provide the prototype test environment and infrastructure for the proposed analog test facilities. NASA will evaluate new concepts and models for conducting space exploration. The state will explore the potential to develop and mature innovative space-related technologies for educational, industry and government use.

“From NASA’s perspective, this partnership can inspire ideas and applications from analog test sites that can be generalized to space exploration and development of the moon and other planetary bodies,” said Ames Director Pete Worden.

The state’s Office of Aerospace Development will be the lead state agency for the project, enhancing dialogue and coordination among the state, private and academic partners to enable growth and diversification of the state’s aerospace economy.

“We support NASA’s goal to promote public-private partnerships and multinational alliances to help reduce the cost, enhance the feasibility and accelerate the implementation of future space missions – leading to settlements beyond low-Earth orbit,” said Jim Crisafulli, director of Hawai’i’s Office of Aerospace Development. “Locally, this collaboration should catalyze Hawai’i-based economic innovation and engage engineers, scientists, educators, and students, as well as commercial entrepreneurs, to increase the opportunities and benefits of space exploration.”

For more information about the International Lunar Research Park, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/internationallunarresearchpark

For more information about Ames, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/ames

For more information about Hawaii’s aerospace initiatives, visit: http://aerospacehawaii.info

The following pictures are from when the Media got to go up to Mauna Kea and check out the NASA equipment being tested  up there a few years ago. Click on the Picture for a larger view:

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Demonstrating Lunar Barrel Scooper
Demonstrating Lunar Barrel Scooper
Barrel Scooper for Lunar Dust
Barrel Scooper for Lunar Dust
More Demonstrations
More Demonstrations
Not sure what this is now
Not sure what this is now
Ramp for Lunar Dust Scooper
Ramp for Lunar Dust Scooper
Lunar Dust Scooper
Lunar Dust Scooper
Water Creating Machine
Water Creating Machine
Water Creating Machine
Water Creating Machine
SCARAB - Back
SCARAB – Back
Drill on SCARAB
Drill on SCARAB
Demonstrating the Mobility
Demonstrating the Mobility
Demonstrating the SCARAB
Demonstrating the SCARAB
SCARAB - Side
SCARAB – Side
NASA workers explain the unexplainable
NASA workers explain the unexplainable
SCARAB Million Dollar Tire
SCARAB Million Dollar Tire
SCARAB - Side
SCARAB – Side
SCARAB - Front
SCARAB – Front
Mauna Kea workers look on in awe
Mauna Kea workers look on in awe
Larson continures explanations
Larson continures explanations
Bill Larson - Chief, Applied Sciences Division, NASA
Bill Larson – Chief, Applied Sciences Division, NASA
Forgot the name of this toy
Forgot the name of this toy
Waiting for the UFO's
Waiting for the UFO’s
There were some boundaries
There were some boundaries
Parking Area
Parking Area
Trip Down in to Classified Site
Trip Down in to Classified Site
Wife and Weird Machine
Wife and Weird Machine
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revolve
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House Reps to Attend the Waikoloa Community Development Plan (WCDP) Talk Story

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What: State Representative Cindy Evans (District 7 – North Kona, South Kohala) and Senator Josh Green (District 3 – North and South Kohala, North and South Kona) will give a legislative update at the Waikoloa Community Development Plan (WCDP) Talk Story.

When: Friday, June 3, 6:00 pm – 8:00pm

Where: Waikoloa School cafeteria

More: Rep. Evans and Sen. Green will provide a report on the 2011 legislative session. Rep. Rida Cabanilla, Chair of the House Housing Committee, and Rep. John Mizuno, Chair of the House Human Services Committee, are also scheduled to attend. There will also be community announcements and a brief report from the Waikoloa repesentatives of the SKCDP (South Kohala Community Development Plan) Action Committee. Light snacks will be available, and there will be time for an informal talk story after the legislative updates.

Mayor Kenoi’s Statement on Passing of Former Mayor Stephen Yamashiro

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Stephen Yamashiro and Mayor Billy Kenoi

Stephen Yamashiro and Mayor Billy Kenoi

“Mayor Yamashiro loved this community, and was a loyal friend and mentor to many. He was always ready with advice and suggestions, sharing generously of his many years of experience as a community leader. He will be missed, and I want to offer my condolences to his wife Della.”

“As Hawai‘i County Council chairman and mayor, Mayor Yamashiro led our community through a very difficult transition period. As the last of the plantations closed in the 1990s, the Big Island was searching for new directions, and Mayor Yamashiro helped steer our island community into the future. His support and advocacy of sectors such as diversified agriculture, forestry and geothermal power are still paying dividends for our residents today. He knew where we needed to go, and he led the way. We are grateful for Mayor Yamashiro’s many contributions to our community.”

Hilo Men Busted for Puna Robbery… Suspects Brandished a Firearm

Media Release:

Big Island police have charged two Hilo men with various offenses following a reported robbery in Puna on Sunday (May 22).

Paul Matthew Borowski

Paul Matthew Borowski

Tuesday evening (May 24), detectives charged 28-year-old Paul Matthew Borowski and 30-year-old Keaka Daniel Kaneala Martin with first-degree robbery and alteration of identification marks prohibited (a firearms offense). Borowski was also charged with first-degree terroristic threatening and use of a firearm in commission of a separate felony.

Keaka Daniel Kaneala Martin

Keaka Daniel Kaneala Martin

Bail for Borowski was set at $22,500. Bail for Martin was set at $51,000. Both were held at the Hilo police cellblock pending their initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon (May 25).

The charges stemmed from an incident in which the victim, a 38-year-old Mountain View man, reported that on Sunday at about 7:45 p.m., while he was at a park near the Mountain View gym, he willingly met with both Martin and Borowski. During the interaction, the victim reported that one of the suspects brandished a firearm and forcibly removed his personal property before fleeing the park in a light-colored sports-utility vehicle. The victim did not sustain any injuries during the robbery.

On Monday (May 23) both Martin and Borowski were arrested in Hilo and were held in police custody while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section conducted further investigation. Detectives executed a search warrant on a residence in Hilo, where they recovered a firearm and other evidence.

Police ask that witnesses who may have been in the area of the Mountain View gym Sunday evening and may have witnessed the incident call Detective Joel Field at 961-2381.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Hawaii Snags Top Spot as Least Stressed State for Third Year in a Row

You know there maybe something behind the whole “Hawaii Time” concept.

For the third year in a row, Hawaii snagged the No. 1 spot as the least stressed state, while Utah and Kentucky kept their distinctions as the two most stressed U.S. states, according to Gallup poll results released Wednesday (May 25).

Overall, an average of 40 percent of American adults reported experiencing stress when asked whether they experienced it “a lot of the day yesterday,” according to the survey by Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. As such, Gallup officials say further studies are needed to tease out what drives stress and how it affects people. Past research has shown job stress is linked with weight gain; stress in general can make you more susceptible to health conditions ranging from the common cold to cancer.

You can read the full article here: Hawaii Snags Top Spot as Least Stressed State

Drugs, Money and a Stun Gun Confiscated in Kailua-Kona Drug Raid

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A Kailua-Kona man was arrested Tuesday (May 24) in a drug raid at his home.

Area II Vice Section officers executed a narcotics search warrant at the Marlin Road home at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday and recovered 9.5 grams of packaged methamphetamine, cocaine residue, various items of drug paraphernalia and an electric stun gun. Officers also recovered $580 in cash for forfeiture.

James Santiago

James Santiago

Two residents of the home, 62-year-old James Santiago and 33-year-old Laurie Anteau were arrested on suspicion of promoting dangerous drugs. After consulting prosecutors, police released Anteau on Tuesday night without charges.

Santiago was charged Tuesday night with second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of an electric stun gun. He was released from police custody after posting $71,000 bail.

Defective Tail Light Leads to Two Women Busted for Drug Offenses

Media Release:

Two Waikoloa women were arrested and charged with drug offenses after one of them was stopped for a defective tail light over the weekend.

Samantha Moore

Samantha Moore

At 9:30 p.m. Sunday, police made a traffic stop on a 2008 Jeep sports-utility vehicle on Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway near Makala Street in Kailua-Kona. Officers discovered that the driver, 22-year-old Samantha Moore of Waikoloa, was wanted on an arrest warrant for contempt of court.

Gena Arter

Gena Arter

After further investigation, police arrested Moore and her passenger, 31-year-old Gena Arter of Waikoloa, on suspicion of of promotion of a dangerous drug.

Vice officers obtained a search warrant for the Jeep and recovered 24.7 grams of methamphetamine, numerous prescription pills, various paraphernalia associated with drug distribution, a loaded .22 magnum caliber rifle, an unloaded .357 caliber revolver and $206 in cash.

After consulting prosecutors, detectives charged Moore on Tuesday afternoon with second-degree meth trafficking, second-degree promotion of dangerous drugs, third degree promotion of dangerous drugs, possession drug paraphernalia and five firearms offenses. Her bail was set at $147,000.

Arter was charged with third-degree promotion of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and five firearms offenses. Her bail was set at $15,500.

The Jeep and cash were seized for forfeiture.

Both women were held at the Kona police cellblock pending their initial court appearance on Wednesday (May 25).

Hawaii Police Seeking Missing Man With Medical Conditions

5/26/11 UPDATE – He has been found
Media Release:

The Hawai’i Police Department is requesting the public’s help in locating a 43-year-old man who was reported missing on Tuesday (May 24).

Drake Terlep

Drake Terlep

Drake Terlep is described as Filipino, 5-foot-7, about 205 pounds with brown eyes and a tan complexion. His appearance has been altered since the above photo was taken. He now has a shaved head and is clean shaven.

Terlep suffers from a medical condition that requires medication. He was last seen on May 17 in Hilo at 8 p.m.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call Officer Courtney Bello at 961-2213. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Wordless Wednesday – Fly Exhibitionists

International Colloquium on the Thirty Meter Telescope Going on Now

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As part of the 4th International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging (ISPDI 2011), May 24-26, 2011 in Beijing, China, scientists and engineers from the US and China are meeting for a special colloquium on the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). The colloquium is a milestone in the TMT international partnership for development and operation of TMT.

Collaborators from both countries will consider a wide range of technical, engineering and science components in the TMT plan, including specific contributions to TMT that are anticipated to be provided by China.

“TMT will be a global asset in the quest for knowledge about our universe, and this colloquium will showcase Chinese interest in building and joining this remarkable capability,” said Gary Sanders, TMT Project Manager.

Technical topics for discussion include aspects of fabricating segmented mirrors, laser assisted guide star adaptive optics, high performance science instruments, and management of cross disciplinary research. The program includes presentations from members from both the US and China collaborating institutes, including:

  • Keynote: The Thirty Meter Telescope: Opening the Next Generation of Extremely Large Telescopes, Jerry Nelson (Project Scientist, TMT)
  • TMT Construction and Operations, Gary Sanders (Project Manager, TMT)
  • Optics for the Thirty Meter Telescope, Eric Williams (Telescope Optics Group Leader, TMT)
  • The Secondary and Tertiary mirrors for the Thirty Meter Telescope, Virginia Ford (Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer)
  • The Progress of SMP on TMT Test Mirrors, Xinnan, Li (Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology, CAS)
  • CIOMP Fabrication Plan for TMT Tertiary Mirror, Xuejun, Zhang/Ligong, Zheng (Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, CAS)
  • The Design Improvement of TMT Laser Guiding Star Facility, Kai, Wei (The Institute of Optics and Electronics, CAS)
  • The Prototype of TIPC Sodium Laser, Yong, Bo (Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, CAS)
  • Feasibility Studies for the MOBIE Acquisition, Guiding, and Wavefront Sensing (AGWFS) subsystem, Zhongwen, Hu (Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology, CAS)

The colloquium is hosted by the National Astronomical Observatory of China, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and the Chinese Society of Astronautics – Optics and Mechanics committee.

Program sponsors come from a wide range of institutes and universities in China, including:

  • Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics and Technology, CAS
  • The Institute of Optics and Electronics, CAS
  • Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics
  • CAS Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, CAS
  • Peking University
  • Tsinghua University
  • University of Science and Technology of China
  • Nanjing University
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University

For more information, please see the ISPDI 2011 website: http://www.ispdiconf.org/en/index.html

In December 2010, China officially joined as an international observer in the TMT project. The TMT project is an international partnership among the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, and the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy, joined by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Department of Science and Technology of India.