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The next leg of the journey for @SolarImpulse #futureisclean

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Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard
The pilots and support crew for the Solar Impulse are back in Hawaii preparing for the continuation of their around-the-world flight, a flight made purely on solar energy. Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard looked refreshed and ready for second half of their trans-Pacific flight. Last year in July, they flew a marathon 118 hours non-stop from Nagoya, Japan to Honolulu. On that trip the batteries were pushed to their operational limits and overheated. As a result the Solar Impulse team had to reassess how they would proceed: re-engineer the battery insulation and risk the delay and changing weather or postpone the mission until 2016. The decision was obvious. IMG_7775Andre Borschberg told me that the batteries themselves were okay, it was the insulation that prevented them from cooling. As a result the team re-engineered the insulation housing in January. The green tubing in the photo is part of the cooling system necessary while on the ground. After landing, if the batteries aren't cooled the batteries run the risk of damage. The weather pattern will determine the next leg of the flight. During their time in Asia, the team learned that having multiple airport options can make or break a flight plan. Recall, Solar Impulse was supposed to fly from Nanjing, China to Honolulu but instead detoured to Nagoya, Japan. As of this writing, there are four possible West Coast options, Vancouver, British Columbia, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Phoenix, Arizona. There will be two stops in the U.S., one in the central U.S. and one in New York. The plane then continues to Europe and ending its around-the-world flight in Abu Dhabi. There will be two public viewings here in Honolulu. One on March 26 and April 2, 2016. Viewing times are from 10am to 4pm. Consult the Solar Impulse website for details. You can find more photos from today's viewing here. The Si2 is parked in the University of Hawaii hanger at Kalaeloa Airport. The planned departure is on April 15, 2016. In the meantime the crew continues with preparations, taking the plane out for test flights. Earlier this week test pilots (not Andre or Bertrand) flew the plane for 16 hours. We're all excited about this next leg of their journey. Hawaii benefits twice for having the Solar Impulse land here and then eight months later begin its journey from here. Solar Impulse and its theme of #FutureisClean brings attention to Hawaii's clean energy goals which are the most aggressive in the country. Very serendipitous!

Co-working space opens on Maui

Flyer_Maui There's a new co-working space opening up on Maui at the Maui Research & Technology Center (MRTC). If you are on Maui or planning a trip there on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, you can catch the open house at 590 Lipoa Parkway from 4pm - 7pm. Robbie Melton, Executive Director and CEO of the High Tech Development Corp (HTDC) will kick off the evening with a talk on New Money for Your Business. She is making an island hopping informational tour to promote a new HTDC program called the Neighbor Island Innovation Initiative (NI3), that will offer business, technical help and mentorship not readily available to technology-related small businesses on the neighbor islands. The goal is to help accelerate efforts in product development, sales or investment in those companies. She also plans to announce three new grant programs including:
  • Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research (HSBIR) grants to develop new technologies and innovations. The state’s grant fund is expanding Phase II and Phase III awards to match up to 50 percent up to $500,000.
  • Manufacturing Assistance Program (MAP) grants that offer a 20 percent reimbursement, up to $100,000, on purchasing manufacturing equipment, training and energy-efficiency projects.
  • Hawaii Office of Naval Research (HONR) grants that offer up to 50 percent matching funds for alternative energy research and development projects.
This is an ideal opportunity to not only check out the new co-working space but to also learn about these new funding programs. For more information please visit HTDC.Org.

News Links for February 15th

Each week I pore through Google alerts to find Hawaii's science and tech news. These are the finds for February 15th:

News Links for January 23rd

Each week I pore through Google alerts to find Hawaii's science and tech news. These are my finds for January 23rd through January 25th:

News Links for January 18th

Each week I pore through Google alerts to find Hawaii's science and tech news. These are my finds for January 18th through January 23rd:

News Links for January 11th

Each week I pore through Google alerts to find Hawaii's science and tech news. These are my finds for January 9th through January 12th:

News Links for December 26th

Each week I pore through Google alerts to find Hawaii's science and tech news. These are my finds for December 26th through December 28th:

News Links for December 21st

Each week I pore through Google alerts to find Hawaii's science and tech news. These are my finds for December 18th through December 24th:

Message in a Bottle

This afternoon, I was watching NHK World on KHET-TV, Honolulu's local PBS channel and they had a special on Kagoshima. Then in an completely unrelated random event, I receive this email from the Navy's Public Affairs Office. The story is so cool I had to post it. Message in a Bottle More than 40 Sailors and Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) personnel teamed up with 16 students and faculty of Ke Kula Ni`ihau O Kekaha School to pick up trash on Sept. 15 on this west Kauai beach near the PMRF. The beach cleanup effort was in observance of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day. Message in a Bottle Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd Class Devon Brandenburg places garbage into the hands of two students from Ke Kula Ni`ihau O Kekaha School. Message in a Bottle Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Jon Moore removes a message from a bottle sent from Kagoshima, Japan. Message in a Bottle Here is a photo of the actual message in a bottle from the 6 grade class sent 5 years ago. This washed up more than 4000 miles from Kagoshima on a west side Kauai beach near the Pacific Missile Range Facility and found during the beach cleanup. Saki Arikawa writes in the letter:
Could you please tell me where you receive the bottle and what country you are from. Please tell me a little about your country.
The address is contained in the letter. Kagoshima class photo Here is Saki Arikawa's class photo. I am curious where all these students are currently. They're probably juniors or seniors in high school, maybe some quit and are working. It would be interesting to find out at a minimum what is Saki Arikawa now doing? Mahalo to U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh for photos.

News Links for June 8th

Each week I pore through Google alerts to find Hawaii's science and tech news. These are my finds for June 8th: