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## Our Goals
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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.
+We focus on small, ongoing projects that move us toward our long-term goal. These projects involve all aspects of aerospace engineering, from soft-ware and embedded systems development to electrical and mechanical engineering. We do everything ourselves, from simulation and data analysis to controls engineering and communication system design.
-Our rockets fall into the class of &ldquo;amateur rocketry&rdquo;&mdash;smaller than commercial rockets, larger than model rockets. We certainly have not build the biggest or highest altitude amateur rocket, but we do hope that we're building one of the most sophisticated.
+The rockets we build fall into the class of &ldquo;amateur rocketry&rdquo; &mdash; smaller than commercial rockets, larger than model rockets. We certainly haven't built the biggest or highest altitude amateur rocket, but we do hope that we're building one of the most sophisticated.
-We're focusing in four main areas:
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-### Avionics
+## Areas of Work
-Avionics are the computer &ldquo;brains&rdquo; of the rocket. We're trying to be one of the first amateur groups in the world to make an actively guided rocket&mdash;<em>i.e.</em>, a rocket that is autonomously guided by an on-board computer. Technically speaking, we're hoping to build an amateur DGPS-aided inertial navigation system.
+### Avionics
-[[Avionics Team home page|Avionics]]
+Avionics are the computer &ldquo;brains&rdquo; of the rocket. We're trying to be one of the first amateur groups in the world to make an actively guided rocket&mdash;<em>i.e.</em>, a rocket that is autonomously guided by an on-board computer.
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+ - [[Avionics home page|Avionics]]
### Airframe