Hawaii Pursues Development of International Lunar Research Park

Hi everyone.

I’m here at the NASA Lunar Science Forum today. Just heard an interesting talk from Frank Schewengerdt of the International Lunar Research Park. He presented a three phase, public-private partnership to develop a lunar settlement. The steps include:

  • conducting terrestrial testing at a high-fidelity prototype on the Big Island of Hawaii;
  • establishing a “lunar robotic village” that would use advance robotics and tele-operations to construct infrastructure and capabilities
  • building out the International Lunar Research Park for human habitation.

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Hawaiian Legislature Pushes Ahead on Spaceport Application

The Big Island of Hawaii

Hawaiian State Senators are debating a bill that would allow the state to apply for a spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration. A similar measure passed the Legislature last year, but no money was appropriated for it by then-Gov. Linda Lingle.

The full text of Senate Bill 112, which was introduced by Sen. Will Espero, is shown after the break.

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Space Tourism Promises Spectacular View of Hawaiian Islands

The Big Island of Hawaii
The Big Island of Hawaii

Fly Me to the Moon
Honolulu Weekly

“Ever since I was a child, I’ve thought space travel was fascinating,” said Rep. Gene Ward in support of House Bill 994, which would promote space tourism ventures on Oahu.

“We have a lot of space cadets around here,” he laughed. “Think of weightlessness–what a fantastic experience to be had. And without having to go to the moon!”

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