Above: Windward CC team lead Nikki Arakawa configures the Project Imua 10 payload. Credit: UH News

Two University of Hawaiʻi Community College students and their advisor wrapped up the final tests last month to ready their science payload for launch aboard a NASA rocket. Project Imua Mission 10 students Nikki Arakawa and D’Elle Martin together with their advisor Jacob Hudson spent more than a week at a NASA facility to prep and troubleshoot the student-built experiment.

The Project Imua Mission 10 team has been working on the payload for months, getting hands-on experience in aerospace with guidance from NASA engineers. Their payload includes a small camphor-powered sublimation rocket and camera system that will monitor the rocket’s trajectory. It is slated for launch from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Aug. 9.