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# <a name="Welcome to the Portland State Ae"></a> Welcome to the Portland State Aerospace Society!

We're really glad you're considering helping us out. We're an all volunteer group; if we've done anything cool, it's because we have such kickass members. Welcome to the team!

We'd like you to carefully consider how you'd like to participate, and then based on that, do **_one_** of the following three things:

## <a name="I just want to know what you&#39;re"></a><a name="I just want to know what you&#39;re "></a> I just want to know what you're up to

The best way to monitor our progress to hit our web site. In particular, <http://schedule.psas.pdx.edu/> and <http://history.psas.pdx.edu/> will keep you updated on our activities.

For those who just want to monitor our progress via email, please sign up for the `psas-announce` mailing list at <http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-announce>. It's an open mailing list that we'll post major announcements to, such as team meetings and launch details and status updates and whatnot.

## <a name="I&#39;d like to monitor some aspect"></a><a name="I&#39;d like to monitor some aspect "></a> I'd like to monitor some aspect of PSAS (avionics, propulsion, software, etc)

Our mailing lists are really meant for our active volunteers. If you're not going to be active, and you'd just like to monitor what we're doing, then we'd like to encouarge you to join `psas-announce` and read the various list archives, rather than join a specific team's mailing list. We try and keep the lists very focused and on topic, and a lot of non-active people on the lists has historically gotten in the way of that.

That said, if you have a reason for monitoring the lists - such as you're working on a similar project or have something to contribute - then please feel free to join the particular team's list. You may be asked why you'd like to join; please don't feel offended, we honestly just want to know. Note that you'll automatically be added to `psas-all` when you register for a team list, so don't bother to join psas-general unless all you want is the all-group emails.

<table border=1 cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0>
  <tr>
    <td> Airframe Team </td>
    <td><a href="http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-airframe" target="_top">http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-airframe</a></td>
    <td> airframe, parachutes, fin and nosecone design, simulation and aerodynamics </td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td> Avionics Team </td>
    <td><a href="http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-avionics" target="_top">http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-avionics</a></td>
    <td> sensors, actuators, pcb and electronics, firmware </td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td> Communications Team </td>
    <td><a href="http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-comm" target="_top">http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-comm</a></td>
    <td> radios, RF amplifiers, antennas </td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td> General list </td>
    <td><a href="http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-general" target="_top">http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-general</a></td>
    <td> for those who aren&#39;t a member of any technical team but want to get group emails </td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td> Propulsion Team </td>
    <td><a href="http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-propulsion" target="_top">http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-propulsion</a></td>
    <td> hybrid motors </td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td> Software Team </td>
    <td><a href="http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-software" target="_top">http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-software</a></td>
    <td> rocket and ground software, telemetry, embedded linux, embedded linux tools </td>
  </tr>
</table>

## <a name="I&#39;d like to be actively involved"></a> I'd like to be actively involved in PSAS

0. Come to a group meeting. Unless you're remote, in which case you should [[contact us|Contacts]]. There's no substitute for coming to a meeting, so please do that **_before_** you sign up for any of the lists or on the TWiki registration page.

1. Sign up for a the team lists that interest you. Note that this will _automatically_ add you to `psas-all`, the mailing list for all PSAS members... do **_not_** also sign up for the `psas-general` list.

<table border=1 cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0>
  <tr>
    <td> Airframe Team </td>
    <td><a href="http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-airframe" target="_top">http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-airframe</a></td>
    <td> airframe, parachutes, fin and nosecone design, simulation and aerodynamics </td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td> Avionics Team </td>
    <td><a href="http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-avionics" target="_top">http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-avionics</a></td>
    <td> sensors, actuators, pcb and electronics, firmware </td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td> Communications Team </td>
    <td><a href="http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-comm" target="_top">http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-comm</a></td>
    <td> radios, RF amplifiers, antennas </td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td> Propulsion Team </td>
    <td><a href="http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-propulsion" target="_top">http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-propulsion</a></td>
    <td> hybrid motors </td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td> Software Team </td>
    <td><a href="http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-software" target="_top">http://lists.psas.pdx.edu/mailman/listinfo/psas-software</a></td>
    <td> rocket and ground software, telemetry, embedded linux, embedded linux tools </td>
  </tr>
</table>

2. Get yourself registered to use our wiki, a web-collaboration tool which lets us edit the PSAS site on the fly with nothing but a browser. Do this by coming to one of our meetings, and see our [[wiki editing help|MoinFormattingHelp]] to get started.

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Advice from a not-so-new newbie:

People often come to PSAS with no idea what they want to do, only knowing that they think the group is really cool. Here's my general advice for how to integrate yourself into the group:

1. When you come to meetings, ask lots of questions. Members are always willing to answer questions (multiple times if necessary). Don't be afraid to interrupt with a question! We're a loud group, so sometimes you may have to talk over us.

2. Read the PSAS wiki. Try to get a general overview of the systems (avionics, communications, software, etc.). Once you've done that, focus on whatever interests you. If you get confused by something on the wiki, send email to the mailing list (either the general list or a specific team mailing list). We're not perfect, and often pages are outdated or incorrect. If you don't get a response, ask the question again at a meeting.

3. Ask if there's a good intro project. You may want to update documentation or clean up code to get yourself familiar with the project you really want to work on.

4. Go looking for a project. No one in the group is going to force you to work on something, and they'd rather you pick something you're passionate about and start on it.

PSAS is not for the shy, and no one is going to hold your hand because there's just too many people who come into the group, start a project, and then drift away and never finish it. It takes a while to really get comfortable with the group (and their odd sense of humor), but once you do, they're a great resource, and a really nice group of people.

[[SarahBailey]]