On September 29th, SOAR submitted the proposal for 2016 – 2017 NASA Student Launch Initiative (NSL). After several discussion among the SOAR executive board and SOAR’s mentors, and several design meetings, SOAR has decided to pursue the “Target detection and upright landing” option for the NSL competition.
The requirements for that option of the competition, taken from the NASA Student Launch Handbook, are:
Target detection and upright landing
- Teams shall design an onboard camera system capable of identifying and differentiating between 3 randomly placed targets.
- Each target shall be represented by a different colored ground tarp located on the field.
- Target samples shall be provided to teams upon acceptance and prior to PDR.
- All targets shall be approximately 40’X40’ in size.
- The three targets will be adjacent to each other, and that group shall be within 300 ft. of the launch pads.
- After identifying and differentiating between the three targets, the launch vehicle section housing the cameras shall land upright, and provide proof of a successful controlled landing.
- Data from the camera system shall be analyzed in real time by a custom designed on-board software package that shall identify and differentiate between the three targets.
NASA will review all submissions and select which groups will continue. If chosen to continue, SOAR will have about six months to finish all design and production of the rocket and recovery mechanisms before going to Huntsville, Alabama for the NSL Competition.