UH student-built satellite deployed in orbit

On November 19, 2013, a satellite about the size of a loaf of bread and built by the UH Small Satellite Program based in the UH Manoa College of Engineering, was sent into orbit by a U.S. Air Force Minotaur 1 rocket.

The satellite called Hoʻoponopono 2 or H2, is the culmination of a three-year effort by about 30 students from the program established by Electrical Engineering Professor Wayne Shiroma in 2001.  It’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.

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