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Blast Off! UH Gears Up for Hawaii’s First Space Launch

·By civilbeat

Hawaii’s first space launch is just around the corner.

And as the state counts down to the send-off, which is scheduled for this October, University of Hawaii faculty and staff are hard at work building a satellite that will be attached to the launched missile. 

The satellite, dubbed HiakaSat, weighs 110 pounds and is designed to accomplish various tasks, including taking thermal images of Earth. A key goal is to monitor coral reef health over an extended period of time.

Federal agencies — including the Operationally Responsive Space Office, Air