UH Community College students build rocket for potential NASA launch

University of Hawaiʻi Community College students are designing and building a rocket and payload to be launched from a NASA flight facility as part of the NASA Student Launch Competition. Ten UH students from Honolulu, Kapiʻolani and Windward Community Colleges and three from UH Mānoa comprise the Project Imua Mission 6 team.

“The NASA Student Launch is a competition hosted by NASA annually and it’s a prestigious competition where they have teams build a launch vehicle and build a payload specified to each yearʻs requirements,“ explained Windward CC student and rocket team leader Katherine Bronston. “This year we’re building a 10-foot rocket that will go about a mile, not quite a mile, into the air and then it will land in two independent sections and a rover will come out, intended for soil collection.”

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