Governor David Ige commends Project Imua team members

University of Hawaiʻi
Kelli Abe Trifonovitch, (808) 228-8108
Director of Communications and Outreach
Posted: Oct 23, 2015

Governor David Ige with the University of Hawaii's Project Imua team members.
Governor David Ige with the University of Hawaii's Project Imua team members.

**Links to video and still photos below

Gov. David Ige presented commemorative plaques to Project Imua team members from University of Hawai‘i campuses across the state during a recognition ceremony at the State Capitol this morning.  Project Imua (Hawaiian for ‘to move forward’) is a joint faculty-student enterprise for designing, fabricating and testing payloads.

The actual Project Imua Payload that flew into space this past summer was also displayed during the ceremony.

On August 12, 2015 University of Hawai‘i community college students watched their scientific/engineering payload spin into space when a two-stage Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket was launched from NASAʻs Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. 

Payloads developed by students from seven higher education programs were aboard the rocket. The UH Community College team was the only community college whose payload was selected for this launch.

  •  Kauaʻi CC designed and built the payload’s scientific instrumentation.
  • Honolulu CC designed the payload’s engineering experiment, electronic circuitry for power and telemetry.
  • Kapiʻolani CC designed the associated print circuit board.
  • Windward CC integrated all the components together and performed static tests on the payload.
  • Both Windward CC and Kauaʻi CC designed and constructed the payload’s mechanical housing.

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. Project Imua is supported by UH Mānoa, UH’s main Hawaiʻi Space Grant Consortium campus, which provides technical assistance through Hawaiʻi Space Flight Laboratory’s resources and personnel.


Project Imua governor's ceremony video:

Project Imua file video:\

00:00 – 00:16, 3 video clips - students at UH Manoa working on payload

00:16 – 00:32, 3 video clips - students at Kauai CC designing payload

00:32 – 00:50, 6 video clips - students at NASA facility preparing for the launch

00:50 – 01:00, 2 clips - rocket on the launch pad

01:00 – 01:07, 1 clip - group shot of students

01:07 – 01:24, 3 video clips - students waiting for the launch

01:24 – 02:11, 3 video clips - rocket launching

Link to Project Imua still photos: