Maui Space Surveillance

Maui is also home to the impressive Haleakala High Altitude Observatory Site, a hotbed for research and development at the Maui Space Surveillance Site (MSSS) electrooptical facility, and the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy. At the 10,023-foot summit of the long-dormant volcano Haleakala, operational satellite tracking facilities are co-located with a research and development facility providing superb data acquisition and communication support. The high elevation, dry climate, and freedom from light pollution offer virtually year-round observation of satellites, missiles, man-made orbital debris, and astronomical objects.