Portland State Aerospace

PSAS is a student aerospace engineering project at Portland State University. We’re building ultra-low-cost, open source rockets that feature some of the most sophisticated amateur rocket avionics systems in the world.

Our long term goal at Portland State Aerospace Society is to put a tiny satellite into orbit. This is very ambitious—there are so many technical, financial, and legal challenges that we may never never get there! However, this goal clarifies our intent and allows us to ask, “Where do we start?”

The answer is that we focus on small, ongoing projects which move us toward our long-term goal. We build everything ourselves from the ground up and our work necessarily touches all aspects of aerospace engineering. Our rockets are in the amateur classification: smaller than commercial but larger than model rockets. We haven’t built the biggest or highest-altitude amateur rocket, but we hope we’re building one of the most sophisticated.

Meetings take place almost every Tuesday at 7pm at PSU. Come join us anytime! See our Schedule section for detailed information on the where and when we meet.

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Open Source

Nearly all of the rockets we make, code we write and circuits we design are published on the web. We track each and ever change made to every file with a version control software called git.

Github hosts all of our projects (called repositories). Browse through our whole stack at github.com/psas.

Dig into our files and read a lot more about how we’re organised on our projects page.

Get Involved

PSAS involves volunteers from all walks of life. You don’t have to be a PSU student to come help out.

Keep reading about what we’re doing. Follow us on social media:

Come to an intro meeting, usually held the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00pm (check the schedule).

Jump into github and look at some our issue lists. There are always so many things to fix!

Upcoming Launch

We’re working on a new rocket to launch in the summer of 2016. See our coutdown page

Projected Launch Date: Summer 2016

Sponsors

We can’t do this alone. Over the years we’ve been able to work with great companies, many here in Portland.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re interested in helping the next generation of rocket scientists.

If you have the ability you can make a tax-deductible donation to our club.