Spectacular UH Project Imua Space Video Inspires Awe


“Out of this world” is one way to describe the incredible video captured by a university of Hawaii Community College is experimenting nearly 100 miles above Earth.

On August 11, a 44 foot Nasa A sounding rocket lifted off from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia carrying a science experiment designed by Imua Mission 10 project students into space.

(Photo credit: Nasa Wallops/Terry Zaperach)

The Imua project is a joint teacher-student undertaking of several uh Community College campuses in affiliation with the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium which provides students with learning opportunities based on real projects. In the wind CC students designed and built a camphor-fueled sublimation rocket (named ScubaR, for Super Simple Sublimation Rocket) which was deployed at the height of NASA’s rocket flight, at an altitude of 99 miles. Honolulu CC The team designed two cameras and measuring devices to monitor the motion of the sublimation rocket.

Project Manager Joe Ciottia wind CC professor, calls the video captured by this Imua project camera in space “visually spectacular”.

Ciotti continued, “The opening shows the limb of the Earth against the blackness of space and the clouds covering the Atlantic. He then pans to show the second stage (of the sounding rocket) which separated moments ago, spinning as it fell back to Earth. Nearby is the outer protective skirt, falling after being jettisoned from the payload section. …(later), ScubaR begins to unfold in the straight direction for which it was designed.

People working on the experiment
Team leader Jared Estrada watches as mentor Shidong Kan receives the Imua Project experience.

Project manager and Windward CC student Jared Estrada said: “By working the math and sticking to the science and engineering process, we believe we have something that works and ultimately leads to success within the mission. I think it’s very successful.

It was an incredible experience for the aspiring research and development physicist and the 15-member team.

Estrada said, “I would say Mission 10 is a great opportunity for students and a general inspiration for the science and engineering process.”

For Caleb YuenHonolulu CC student responsible for the development of video cameras, the views from space were breathtaking.

Next, Project Imua Mission 11. The team plans to launch a bespoke rocket equipped with a land rover and an atmospheric detector at the ARLISS Nevada 2022 Come-Back Contest in September.

rocket in space
The uh Community College student cameras recorded their sublimation rocket in space.

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