NSL Build Day 1/7/18

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!


Sub-Scale Launch Day

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!



USF NASA Student Launch 2018 Preliminary Design Review

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!

Univ of S Florida – 2018 – PDR

Univ of S Florida – 2018 – Flysheet

Univ of S Florida – 2018 – PDR Presentation

NASA Student Launch 2017-18 Proposal

SOAR has officially completed its proposal for the 2017-2018 NASA Student Launch Initiative! NSL is an annual national rocketry competition that focuses on innovative designs such as unique payloads. This year, SOAR has chosen the “Deployable rover” option, described in the NSL handbook as such:

  • Deployable rover
    • Teams will design a custom rover that will deploy from the internal structure of the launch vehicle.
    • At landing, the team will remotely activate a trigger to deploy the rover from the rocket.
    • After deployment, the rover will autonomously move at least 5 ft. (in any direction) from the launch vehicle.
    • Once the rover has reached its final destination, it will deploy a set of foldable solar cell panels.

SOAR’s official proposal is located at the following link: NSL Proposal 2017-2018.