NASA Student Launch 2017-2018 (Apis II)

For the 2018 NASA Student Launch Initiative, SOAR has taken on the challenge of constructing Apis II, a 5″ diameter rocket that will reach exactly 5,280 feet at apogee, before safely landing and deploying a rugged autonomous rover with onboard solar panels. This task is made especially difficult due to the competition’s constraints on remote control, the need to navigate difficult terrain, and the challenge of safely landing the payload without damage. Check below for updates on this project, including highly detailed documentation.


Code for this rocket/rover’s onboard computers is located at


Unless otherwise noted, all links are direct to PDF files.


NSL Post Launch Review Report

We have published our PLR for the 2017-18 NASA Student Launch Initiative! This is the last report for this year’s competition. The report is available on the NSL 2017-18 page, located here:

NSL Full Scale Flight 3

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 5,278 feet we came within less than 10 feet within our goal of 1 mile! The flight was an overall success… Read more

NSL Flight Readiness Review

Univ of S Florida – 2018 – FRR Univ of S Florida – 2018 – FRR Presentation Univ of S Florida – 2018 – FRR Flysheet

NSL Full Scale Flight #2

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… Read more

NSL Full Scale Flight #1

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… Read more

NSL Full Scale Ground Test

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… Read more

USF SOAR Critical Design Review

Univ of S Florida – 2018 – CDR – Report Univ of S Florida – 2018 – CDR – Flysheet Univ of S Florida – 2018 – CDR – Presentation

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… Read more

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… Read more

Sub-Scale Build Day

Members of the NASA Student Launch Team spent Sunday afternoon with mentor Jim West building the sub-scale rocket in preparation for this Saturday’s test launch.

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… Read more

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… Read more

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