Over this past weekend our NASA Student Launch Team launched Apis II for the third and last time before competition day in a few weeks. With an apogee of 5,376 feet we came less than 100 feet within our goal of 1 mile! The flight was an overall success with no recovery or flight issues. All thats left to do is wait for competition day!
Loading the payload
The team with Apis II
Loading Apis II onto the launch rail
The team heading out to recover the rocket
The Nosecone and Rover section were recovered safely!
On February 17th 2018 we had our second full scale flight for APIS 2. She launched to 5415 feet and had a minor technical difficulty upon landing. We recovered the Booster Section easily but had to go searching in a small pond for the Nosecone and Rover compartment. Luckily all was found and with minimal damage. We will be launching again in March so be on the lookout for updates!
We had a great time in Bunnell Florida at our first Full Scale launch for NSL yesterday! We had a successful launch, reaching 5574 feet and an interesting recovery when our Nosecone and Payload Section landed in the power lines and our Booster Section landed about a mile away. We have lots of work to do in order to get ready for launch #2 in February. A special thanks to FPL, Florida Power & Lights, for getting our rocket down safely from the power lines!
Turning on the altimeters before leaving the launch pad.
Our mentor Jim guiding us when assembling the rocket.
Checking items off the safety checklist as we go along.
After a long day we are finally ready to launch!
Carrying the rocket to the launch pad.
Loading the motor into the rocket.
Prepping the motor.
Inspecting the parachutes before we fold them and place them inside the rocket!
Earlier this afternoon our mentor Jim along with some of our members traveled to Plant City in order to conduct our Ground Test before our launch tomorrow. We conducted three static ejection tests including: Drogue, Main Parachute, and Nosecone Parachute. All three tests were a success and allow us to move on to our full scale launch tomorrow!
Loading the Booster Section with the parachute for the ejection test.
Prepping the Booster Section to be loaded before testing.
A successful ejection test of the Nosecone and parachute from the Payload Compartment.
Moving on to the next section!
A look right after the charges set off and the separation is made.
Attaching the Nosecone to the Payload Compartment.
Our mentor Jim helping Ian and Jackson setup for testing.
Setting up the Nosecone and Payload Compartment for ejection testing.
Members of our team spent a chilly Sunday morning building their full scale rocket for the NASA Student Launch. The team is now one build day closer to finishing up their rocket before its launch in the upcoming weeks. Check back next week for another update on the construction of the rocket!
On Saturday, December 16th, 2017, members of our NASA Student Launch Team successfully launched their new sub-scale rocket for the first time! The sub-scale rocket launched, separated, and landed safely, but the team did come across a couple issues. Despite having some tangled shock cord and one failed parachute the rocket did reach approximately 3,131 feet. With the sub-scale launch completed the team now has some great insight on what needs to be worked on for the upcoming full scale build days!
University of South Florida’s NASA Student Launch Team has done it again! We are moving forward on our rocket and payload design and making bid for the win. Today is the day our Preliminary Design Review is due, and the team has worked extremely hard on all the details. The presentation to NASA personnel will take place on November 8 at 3:30 pm. Wish us luck!