Crash & learn: Big Island-boosted satellite project will get second launch

  • Photo courtesy Christian Wong The Hiapo satellite was intended to measure the Earth's magnetic field, but was destroyed along with the Firefly Alpha earlier this month.

  • Photo courtesy Christian Wong The Hiapo satellite was intended to measure the Earth's magnetic field, but was destroyed along with the Firefly Alpha earlier this month.

  • Photo courtesy Firefly Aerospace Firefly Alpha launched Sept. 3 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

A satellite built with the assistance of Big Island students was destroyed earlier this month during a rocket launch, but the project will get a second chance soon.