Today was a BIG day for SOAR! We launched our first Two Stage rocket, Taurus, which has been a project for us for almost five years! Taurus has launched before but only with a one stage so today was the first time in launching both stages. It’s maiden flight had an apogee of 11,168 feet which is a new SOAR record!! During recovery the shockcord connecting the sustainer and the upper airframe broke, causing the sustainer to come down only under drogue. The sustainer hit a some tree branches during landing and unfortunately got severely damaged. Other than that, everything else was recovered nicely and overall we had a successful launch! We plan on rebuilding the sustainer and we can’t wait to see how high we can get Taurus to go on it’s next flight🚀
We would like to welcome our new Executive Board for the 2019-2020 school year! Our new executive board has big plans for us this upcoming year 🚀🚀 From the start we have: President - Jay Hernandez, Vice President - Jackson Stephenson, Chief of Finance - Ian Sanders, Chief of Engineering - Thomas Hall, Chief of Operations - Madison Kozee, Chief of Rocketry - Mrudit Trivedi, and finally our Chief of Safety - Rosniel Castro. Thank you to our current executive board who have led SOAR to many great accomplishments this year. We are very excited to see where this new school year takes us. 🤘🏼🤘🏼
Thank you to everyone who came out to our End of Year Banquet yesterday! We discussed accomplishments from this year’s projects and recognized our amazing faculty, sponsors, mentors, and members 🤘🏼 We can’t wait to see what this new school year holds for us 🚀
Our target apogee (altitude) was 5,000 feet and we reached 4,832 which is only 168 feet off of our target!
Launch week is over but we aren’t done yet. We still have another launch April 20th and Post Launch Assessment Reviews to turn in! Thank you to our team for being so awesome this year 🤘🏼🤘🏼
We're honored for Apis III to have been voted as "best looking rocket" by our fellow teams at the NASA Student Launch 2019! We also received second place in the other peer-awarded category, "best rocket fair display". Thank you to everyone who voted, and thank you to @nasa and @studentlaunch for this opportunity! Edit: and somehow forgot to mention - a HUGE thank you to @jimsbodyshop for the donation of the paint job!
We just had an incredible time at the @StudentLaunch Rocket Fair this afternoon! We finally got to show off our hard work, represent @usfengineering, and check out some incredible displays from all of the other competitors. Go bulls! 🤘
Congratulations to our Hybrid team for their successful launch at the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium's hybrid rocketry competition yesterday! They received second place in both categories! In the category of closest to 2,000 feet their Raging Bull rocket got to an apogee of 1,856 feet. For the category of highest apogee their Get Hybrid rocket got to an apogee of 957 feet 🚀🚀 We are so proud of our Hybrid team!!! #rocketry #hybridrocket #nasa #usfengineering
We are so thankful to have been able to tour the new @blueorigin facility on the space coast! We got to checkout some of the equipment and facilities that will manufacture the New Glenn. Pictured is the New Shepard rocket booster and crew capsule. Thank you so much for the tour and we can’t wait to come back next year when construction of the campus is complete!
In this video still from our last flight, you can see the Payload Descent Levelling Subsystem in action. This system uses a stainless steel wire attached to the parachute shock cord to make the payload bay descent horizontally, preventing mud from blocking rover deployment and minimizing impact forces.
We had an eventful launch today! We started off by test fitting our two stage rocket in order to prep for our launch next month! Next, we launched one of our Hybrid rockets and set a new SOAR record making it to 2,492 ft! After that we launched our NSL full scale rocket, Apis III, which made it to just under 4,000 ft. We had a successful flight and the payload descent leveling system worked but we had a tough time with recovery. One section landed in a small lake while the other section drifted off. Thankfully a local pasture farm found it, thanks to @hcsosheriff who found us and helped us get our rocket back!
Before launch, each rocket has to pass ground deployment tests. These use the same amount of black powder as the rocket will use during flight, so they confirm that the charges will be sufficient to deploy the parachutes. Here, Apis III is successfully completing it's upper section main deployment test with 4 grams of black powder.
Final pre-launch prep! We can't wait to launch Apis III for the first time tomorrow!