Elliot Pulham PISCES Event Speech
Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham will give a Global Perspective on PISCES at the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) 2012 PISCES Conference.
Themed Pioneering Planetary Surface Systems Technologies and Capabilities, the conference is being held Nov. 11-15, 2012, and features a broad range of speakers and workshops. For full details, click here.
PISCES is an international research and education center dedicated to the development, verification and validation of new technologies needed for operations on the Moon, Mars and beyond. It was created in 2007 by the 24th Hawai`i State Legislature. PISCES was conceived by the Japan-U.S. Science, Technology & Space Applications Program (JUSTSAP) under the auspices of the Office of Aerospace Development, Hawai'i State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT). JUSTSAP has now been transformed into the Pacific International Space Alliance (PISA). It is currently situated on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Hilo,
PISCES is built on partnerships between industry, private entrepreneurs, academia and the governmental agencies of space-faring nations of the world. Hawai`i has a unique geographic position being the center of the Pacific Rim which contains most of the world's major space faring nations (United States, Canada, Russia, Japan, China and India). Most have announce plans for Lunar missions and eventual bases. Hawai`i possesses the highest fidelity terrain and geochemical analogs to lunar and martian surfaces of anywhere in the world.
When it is fully developed, PISCES will feature a simulated lunar outpost (robotic and human) on the Island of Hawai'i (Moku `o Keawe), where research will be conducted and new technologies will be developed in harmony with of the unique natural resources of Hawai`i. Opportunities for student participation, internships, classes as well as important outreach with K-12 students will be undertaken. Here the public will be invited to experience firsthand what it will be like to live and work on the Moon and, eventually, on Mars. The PISCES prototype will help to "keep the dream alive" of lunar colonization and serve as a reminder that one day (soon) humanity will go back to the Moon to stay, hopefully in a peaceful international endeavor. Learn more here.