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- <br><strong><em>...the Portland State University Branch of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics System Society (AESS) <br> (a society of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers)</em></strong></p>
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+# Portland State Aerospace Society
-## What is PSAS?
+[[!img PSAS_group_2011.jpg size="500x335" class="picture"]]
-[[!img bw_group_10-2000.jpg class="picture"]]
+**Portland State Aerospace Society** (PSAS) is an educational aerospace project at [Portland State University]( in [Portland, Oregon](,_Oregon). We are a team of students, alumni, and local community members who have a love for learning through difficult, hands-on, cross-disciplinary engineering projects. Over the last decade we have been designing and building world class experimental rockets.
-The Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS) is an educational aerospace project at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. The group consists of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff of PSU, and local community members&mdash;ranging from high school students to engineers in industry&mdash;who are interested in aerospace engineering.
-PSAS is based out of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at PSU, and has members and advisors in the Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering departments.
+We are dedicated to an open approach to engineering &mdash; sharing what we learn with the larger educational and amateur rocket community.
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-<a name="goals"></a>
-## What are your goals?
+## Our Goals
[[!img 4-1999_launch.jpg class="picture"]]
-Our vision statement&mdash;or long term goal&mdash;is to &ldquo;put nanosatellites into orbit&rdquo;. That's an absurdly hard undertaking when you consider the technical, logistical and financial issues involved. So although we will probably never get there, having this goal allows us to ask the question, &ldquo;what&rsquo;s the first step in the process?&rdquo;
+Our long term goal is to put a *tiny satellite into orbit*. We know just haw hard a problem that is! There are many technical, logistical, financial, and legal issues to work through. We may never never get there, but having this goal allows us to ask the question: &ldquo;what's the first step in the process?&rdquo;
We decided that the first step towards orbiting nanosatellites is to develop an inexpensive, highly modular and actively guided sounding rocket. Sounding rockets are small to medium-sized rockets that are &quot;suborbital&quot;&mdash;meaning they can reach extreme altitudes, but then fall down back to the Earth (<em>i.e.</em>, they don't go into orbit). Sounding rockets are useful for scientific research in such fields as astronomy, earth science, materials science, and of course, in engineering.