The NASA University Student Launch Initiative (NSL, or USLI) is an annual rocketry competition that takes place in Huntsville, Alabama. The competition challenges student groups not only to innovate in engineering, but also to share that passion for the STEM fields with younger students through educational outreach activities.
In the 2017 event, SOAR developed a rocket that could identify targets on the ground using a camera system and onboard computer, and then perform a controlled upright landing. The rocket launched Alabama on April 8th.
For general information on this competition, see the NASA Student Launch website.
DOCUMENTS (Recent First)
- Post Launch Assessment Review Report (PLAR) (PDF, 197 KB)
- Landing Module Navigation Code (GitHub)
- Landing Module Vision Processing Code (GitHub)
- Flight Readiness Review Report (FRR) (PDF, 3.67 MB)
- Includes details for each module and section of the rocket, electronics, vehicle and landing module criteria, safety, budget, funding, and timeline.
- FRR Presentation Slides (PDF, 1.1 MB)
- Presentation slides for the FRR conference with NASA.
- FRR Flysheet (PDF, 45.2 KB)
- Vehicle, motor, and parachute properties and data.
- Critical Design Review Report (CDR) (PDF, 2.5 MB)
- Preliminary Design Review Report (PDR) (PDF, 1.77 MB)
- Project Proposal (PDF, 325 KB)
- Includes initial information on team structure & leadership, resources (location, hardware, software, people), safety (contingencies, legal issues, transportation of rocket engine, etc), projected design plans, outreach, budget, and timeline.