Open Source Rockets

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Accepted Session
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Scheduled: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in Burnside

Excerpt

PSAS is a student aerospace engineering project at Portland State University. We're building ultra-low-cost, open hardware and open source rockets that feature perhaps the most sophisticated amateur rocket avionics systems out there today.

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Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS) is a student aerospace engineering project at Portland State University. We’re building ultra-low-cost, open hardware and open source rockets that feature perhaps the most sophisticated amateur rocket avionics systems out there today.

With the new proposed NASA budget eliminating the US manned spaceflight program and a heap of small private space companies popping up, the way we think about getting to space is changing. Is there room for open source in this brave new (space) world? PSAS has been working on open source avionics and hardware for small rockets for several years. We present our experience with, and thoughts on the future of, open source rocketry.

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    Biography

    I studied Astronomy and Physics at Appalachian State University. Shortly after graduating in 2006 I moved to Portland Ore. for no particular reason. I worked as a consultant for 2 and a half years and immersed myself in the culture of Portland.

    Now I spend my time working on advanced amateur rockets, researching the possibility of small orbital vehicles, blogging about science, and more recently writing data visualization software.

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  • Andrew Greenberg

    Portland State Aerospace Society

    Biography

    I’m an electrical engineer with an emphasis in embedded systems. I’ve worked on aerospace, medical, and micropower devices. Based on my experiences with the PSAS, I’ve become an open source advocate in the hardware world.

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