UHCC students and faculty design payloads to be launched aboard NASA rockets

Project Imua (“to move forward” in Hawaiian) is an exciting collaboration of faculty and students from four University of Hawai‘i Community College Campuses to design, fabricate and test payloads that will be launched into sub-orbital flights aboard rockets from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.


The first launch of this exciting collaborative project is scheduled for August 11, 2015 and will show what 16 students across four University of Hawai‘i Community College campuses are capable of.  The UH Community College team was the only community college whose payload was selected for this launch.


Each campus has its own specialty:

Windward CC was tasked with integrating all the payload components together and performing static tests.

Kaua‘i CC was responsible for designing and building the payload’s instrumentation.

Honolulu CC designed the payload’s electronic circuitry for power and data collection and transmission.

Kapi‘olani CC designed the associated print circuit board.


Project Imua is funded by a two-year $500,000 grant awarded under the NASA Space Grant Competitive Opportunity for Partnerships with Community Colleges and Technical Schools.  During the two-year period, about 100 scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled at the coalitions four UH Community College campuses.  A second launch for another Project Imua payload is scheduled for 2016.


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