NASA renewed its collaboration with the University of Hawaii, Institute for Astronomy (IfA). After the HOLLAS system was decommissioned in June 2004, the site was converted to the new PanStarrs Observatory. NASA decided to bring the TLRS-4 system to operational status and ship it to the Haleakala Observatory in Maui, Hawaii. The TLRS-4 system had a highly successful inter- comparison test with MOBLAS-7. The system passed an Operational Readiness Review in September 2005. After 10 years on non- operations, TLRS-4 was shipped to Maui in April 2006. HTSI working with the University of Hawaii IfA personnel, prepared the site and installed the system on new
pad on top station will
of Mount Haleakala. The system’s first light was in October 2006. The be providing two shift operations, day and night, seven days per week.
NASA continued its collaboration with the University of Texas and the Center for Space Research (CSR) for operations and maintenance of the MLRS system in Fort Davis, Texas. MLRS provided SLR and LLR tracking data. CSR continued its data analysis support for the ILRS network. The station will be providing operations seven days per week, twelve hours per day.
The future of the NASA SLR Program is exciting. The resurgence of energy can be seen by the recent accomplishments of the various stations. NASA is increasing its infrastructure as well as plans are in place to increase stations operational shifts. The TLRS-3 system in Arequipa and the TLRS-4 system in Maui will be fully operational
in December organized for
2006. Dedication ceremonies for January/February 2007 timeframe.
re-opening both sites are being In addition, significant progress
continues on the SLR2000 prototype development. We would extraordinary efforts and dedication of the team supporting the
like acknowledge the NASA SLR network