Our long term goal 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.
Outreach is an important part of what we do as an educational project. We’ve done many presentations at local schools, and all our projects are open source and available on Github—from CAD drawings to schematic diagrams to our software.
Everyone is welcome to help out – be they PSU students, people from local industry, and even other student groups.
PSAS is funded entirely by donations from people in the community who appreciate our vision and want to contribute to aerospace education in Oregon. We’re part of the Portland State Foundation which is a 501(c) 3 organization. Any donation to PSAS is fully tax-deductible.
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