The Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS) is a student and industry group at Portland State University in Oregon, whose vision is to do the engineering required to put a nano-satellite into orbit on an actively guided amateur rocket. This involves work on:

  • reusable modular airframes
  • solid rocket motor construction (N and O)
  • hybrid LOX/paraffin motor prototypes
  • amplified 802.11 telemetry
  • construction of cylindrical patch antennas and helical directional antennas
  • distributed systems design, using a Linux flight computer and ARM sensory nodes
  • GPL-GPS, custom GPS firmware with integrated intertial measurement

The group has been in existence since 1998, and we are currently rebuilding our rocket after a crash in August 2005.

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