In 2010, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) awarded $16.8 million to colleges and universities nationwide to conduct mission-based research and technology development as part of the agency’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL) at the University of Hawaii was one of the 24 organizations to receive a NASA EPSCoR grant.
The following year, Riverside Research, an industry partner to the University of Hawaii, invested Independent Research and Development (IR&D) funding in a project called Aloha that would pair the company’s Automated Collection Planning Tool (ACPT) with HSFL’s Mission Operations Support and Mission Planning and Scheduling Tools to create a robust collection planning capability within the Comprehensive Open-architecture Space Mission Operations Support (COSMOS) project. This IR&D effort was undertaken in preparation to support the HAWAIISAT Program – a program that has been delayed indefinitely. Nevertheless, Riverside Research remained dedicated to the intent of developing an agnostic Satellite Builder Module, building a future satellite capability to easily incorporate similar satellite systems into ACPT.