TAMPA, Fla. (March 13, 2014) – The Society of Aeronautics and Rocketry (SOAR), a University of South Florida student organization, will launch Bull-istic I for its second flight on Saturday, March 15.
This rocket launch will experiment with carrying a new set of electronic sensors powered by a computer. The computer will integrate several sensors that have not previously flown on a SOAR rocket, including a GPS tracker, microphone, accelerometer, and gyroscope. The purpose of this flight is to test these sensors and their accuracy to ensure the data is effectively collected.
The launch is scheduled on Saturday between 1-3 p.m. at The Varn Ranch, located at 5501 Varn Rd. in Plant City.
The rocket launched will be just over 12 feet long and weighs 40 lbs. A parachute is deployed at 1,000 ft.
Ultimately, SOAR’s third flight in April will incorporate information previously collected from the first two flights to allow club members to analyze the entire rocket flight and provide insight into design improvements. The April launch will feature SOAR’s first two-stage rocket, which is the next step in furthering SOAR’s primary mission: to launch a satellite into Earth orbit.
Led by faculty advisor Manoug Manougian, a USF professor of Mathematics and Statistics, the club has about 20 members. The club launched its first rocket in December 2013.
The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.