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 […]

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 […]

NSL Flight Readiness Review

Univ of S Florida – 2018 – FRR Univ of S Florida – 2018 – FRR Presentation Univ of S […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

USF SOAR Critical Design Review

Univ of S Florida – 2018 – CDR – Report Univ of S Florida – 2018 – CDR – Flysheet […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]