Students from Honolulu CC are helping to design and build a rocket and payload to be launched from a NASA flight facility as part of the NASA Student Launch Competition. In all, 10 students from Honolulu, Kapiʻolani and Windward Community Colleges and three from UH Mānoa comprise the Project Imua Mission 6 team.
Honolulu CC student Mia Fong leads the payload team that is designing and building the rover. She said, “It’s been really interesting to learn all about this process especially because the NASA competition mimics the [real-life] NASA design review, you kind of get to see what it would be like in industry before actually getting there.”“
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.”