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November 12 – 18, 2012 / Vol 31, No 46 / Hawai`i Island, USA

9 Nov 2012, 20:38 UTC
November 12 – 18, 2012 / Vol 31, No 46 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Space Access Key to Pacific Leadership in 21st Century; PISCES 2012 Should Be Step in the Right Direction

The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems is hosting the 2012 PISCES Conference at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott on Hawai’i Island, November 11-15. The theme is “Pioneering Planetary Surface Systems Technologies and Capabilities.” State of Hawaii is working to support the expansion of humankind’s presence beyond LEO by encouraging development of resource utilization technologies and capabilities through provision of space analog testing facilities. Key to Hawaii 21st Century leadership in space exploration is Pacific Space Access – i.e. Hawaii-based rocket launch facilities – a topic rarely addressed via official State channels. The advantageous position of Hawaii allows for offshore omnidirectional equatorial / polar launch opportunities without having to overfly populated areas. Companies including SpaceX and Interorbital Systems have explored the potential of Hawaii, and the State recently received US$250,000 in new Space Transportation Infrastructure matching grants from the FAA to conduct environmental and feasibility studies. One way forward would be to catalyze a coalition / consortium of independent enterprises and national interests from countries with less latitudinally advantageous launch ranges such as Russia, Japan, Korea, and Canada. (Image Credit: NASA, SpaceX)

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