UH rocketry team takes home ‘rookie award’ at recent NASA competition

UH rocketry team takes home ‘rookie award’ at recent NASA competition
A University of Hawaii team took home the "rookie award" at a recent NASA student launch competition. (Image: University of Hawaii )

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A team of University of Hawaii students took home the “rookie award” at a NASA rocket launch competition last month in Alabama.

The 14 students attend UH-Manoa and several UH system community colleges.

And at the 2019 NASA Student Launch competition on April 6, their rocket soared 4,338 feet in the air. The feat earned them 10th place out of 45 competing teams.

They also received the Rookie Award, which is given to the top new team at the competition.

“Watching this rocket fly, I’m kind of finding confidence in myself that it’s possible," said UH team member Leomana Turalde, a student at Windward Community College. “I might become an astronaut."

The students were tasked with creating a reusable rocket to reach between 4,000 and 5,000 feet, deploy a recovery system and land safely.

Project Imua team manager,

Joe Ciotti, team manager for Project Imua, whose mission it is to provide undergraduates with STEM learning opportunities, said, “The real-life engineering skills and confidence that our students developed in this challenging competition will launch them onward to exciting careers.”

The team called its rocket “Fissure 8″ after the volcanic vent on Hawaii Island.

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