NASA Student Launch 2016 – 2017 (Apis I)

Apis I launching in Huntsville for NSL 2017. Photo ©2017 Jim Wilkerson, used with permission.

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)


Launch Day!

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Final Launch Day (Before Competition)

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Full-Scale Launch Day

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February Build Days

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2nd January Build Day

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January Build Day & Update

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December Build Days

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2nd Prototyping Meeting

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1st Prototyping Meeting

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2nd Mechanical Engineering Design Meeting

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1st Mechanical Engineering Design Meeting

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SOAR Submits Proposal for NASA Student Launch 2016 - 2017

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