The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry (SOAR) at USF promotes engineering education and academic performance in a social environment through participation in projects and competitions dedicated to rocketry and aerospace technologies. SOAR provides an opportunity of students from all majors and fields to enhance their knowledge in research, engineering, and other tangential skills pertinent to the aerospace industry as well as the operation of a large organization.
As an organization we seek to contribute to the development of new and innovative systems that further human deep space exploration efforts. We view ourselves as a professional research organization that produces data and innovations relevant to the aerospace industry. In the mindset of professional organization we adhere to strict timelines, budget restrictions, management, teamwork, and fostering collaborations between the academic, commercial and government space industries in mission technology design. And as is necessary for a professional organization to effectively operate, SOAR utilize the skills of members from a broad range of fields of study, from finance, to engineering, to graphic arts, and everything in between.
In past years, SOAR has competed in the NASA Space Grant Consortium Hybrid Rocket Competition and the NASA Student Launch Initiative, as well as an initial launch of the second (upper) stage of our two-stage rocket, Taurus I, at the Large Dangerous Rocket Ships (LDRS) exhibition.
2017-18 projects include a return to the NASA Student Launch and finishing Taurus I as well as several exciting new initiatives. After finishing Taurus I, we hope to launch it at Spaceport America in the 2018 IREC competition, using solid fuel motors made by SOAR and reaching a height of 30,000 feet. We have launched an entirely new liquid engine research and development program, which should see its first major testing by the end of 2017. A new high altitude rocket project is also underway, which will utilize the liquid propulsion to reach the boundary of space (330,000 ft). These new initiatives are long term and should see completion in approximately three years. Finally, new research teams will develop innovative technologies for use in our projects, such as new materials or new airfoil designs.