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Ho‘oponopono 2



Ho‘oponopono 2 is a 3U CubeSat mission developed by students of the University of Hawaii, Honolulu (Ma-noa), to perform radar calibration.

The development of the nanosatellite was the basis for the University of Hawaii’s participation in the AFOSR (Air Force Office of Scientific Research) UNP (University Nanosat-6 Program), kickoff in Jan. 2009, a rigorous two-year satellite design and fabrication competition. In January 2011, the student team of the University of Hawaii won 3rd prize in the UNP competition, awarded by AFRL (Air Force Research Laboratory) and AIAA.

Ho‘oponopono was also selected by NASA as a participant in its CubeSat Launch Initiative for an upcoming launch. Ho‘oponopono is a collaborative project of the University of Hawaii (UH) and the USAF (United States Air Force). UH is providing the satellite, while the USAF is furnishing the payload suite consisting of a C-band transponder, GPS unit, and associated antennas, all housed in a 3U CubeSat form factor.

The objective of the mission is to continue a long-existing radar calibration service for the 80 plus C-band radar tracking stations distributed around the world, provided currently with the microsatellite RADCAL and with a payload suite onboard the meteorological satellite DMSP-5D3 F-15 — with a sensor complement on a nanosatellite mission.

Alternate Names

  • Ho‘oponopono2
  • 393403

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2013-11-20
Launch Vehicle: Minotaur 1
Launch Site: Wallops Island, United States
Mass: 3.5 kg

Funding Agencies

  • Unknown (United States)
  • United States Air Force Academy (United States)


  • Other

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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