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Upgrades to Maui Space Surveillance Complex are done

WAILUKU >> Three years of upgrades to the Air Force’s Maui Space Surveillance Complex are complete, paving the way for new research.

The complex atop Haleakala houses the Department of Defense’s largest satellite-tracking telescope. Lt. Col. Michael Harvey of the Air Force research detachment that oversees the complex says the $30 million modernization will make the facility attractive for new research and development opportunities.

The upgrades included repairing floors, adding lightning protection for the telescopes and replacing outdated computers. 

The Maui News reports county officials were among those who attended a blessing of the modernization project Wednesday at the complex. 

Mayor Alan Arakawa says it’s impressive to see a small community like Maui play a role in science and in the nation’s defense.

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