NASA Student Launch 2017-2018

For the 2018 NASA Student Launch Competition, SOAR has taken on the challenge of constructing a 5-inch 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.


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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