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2014-01-14 - Tuesday evening meeting

2013-12-17 - Tuesday updates

2013-12-03 - Tuesday updates + digital video, compression and streaming

2013-11-26 - Tuesday meeting

2013-10-30 - Team meeting

2013-05-29 - Battery pack shenanigans, FC cart

2012-05-21 - FCF Design for Summer 2013 Launch

2013-03-12 - Chat with Boston University rocket propulsion group

2013-02-10 - Avionics planning for Summer 2013 launch

2013-01-27 - Ethernet latency testing

2012-12-18 - 2nd capstone meeting

2012-12-18 - Project update, 2013 schedule

2012-12-14 - First meeting of 2012 ECE Capstone project

2012-10-28 - Umbilical release test

2012-10-09 - Launch Prep

2012-09-28 - Discussion of battery charging and power control

2012-09-25 - New main parachute bag testing

2012-09-14 - Successful quarter-scale comms test (~ 1 km)

2012-09-11 - Last Chance Fall Launch Date

2012-09-11 - More USB Testing

2012-09-05 - WiFi works - now we're REALLY ready for the comms test

2012-08-31 - First comm test on AV3

2012-08-24 - AV3 communication gear bringup (but no testing yet)

2012-08-21 - Can't get enough of USB Latency Testing?

2012-08-17 - AV3 comm system test day

2012-08-14 - Hacking USB latencies with Josh

2012-08-07 - Even further USB Latency Testing

2012-08-03 - Further USB Latency Testing

2012-08-03

2012-07-25 - USB latency measurements

2012-06-20 - RF cabling, Getting WiFi and GPS working on the FC

2012-06-19 - Potential Fall Launch Date

2012-06-15 - All RF Parts Attached

2012-06-06 - GPS carrier works!

2012-05-15 - GPS carrier board almost ready, poking at the FC GPIO

2012-05-08 - Avionics update, more battery hacking

2012-04-27 - Atom FC kernel

2012-04-27 - Avionics hack day (FC, BQ3060, power measurements)

2012-04-24 - Martel Martinez, NASA Dryden, gives talk at PSAS

2012-03-06 - Using Linux 3.3-rc sbs-battery driver on the new FC

2012-02-21 - Pick a Spring Launch Date

2012-02-21 - More mucking with SMBUS on the new FC

2012-02-14 - Digitalia Ordered

2012-02-08 - Motor Development Program and Pump Development Program Wiki Updates In Progress

2012-02-07 - Testing SBS boards with the new Atom FC

2012-01-31 - New connection diagram for avionics system

2011-12-01 - PSAS written up in the Portland Monthly magazine.

2011-11-08 - Team meeting

2011-08-19 - Futzing with CPAs at the PSU EMAG lab

2011-08-16 - Potential Fall Launch Planning

2011-08-13 - Testing CPA v4 at NW EMC

2011-08-05 - Avionics Team Meeting

2011-08-05 - Avionics Team Meeting

2011-07-31 - Attempted July Launch

2011-07-26 - CPA v4 checkout on PSU VNA

2011-07-22 - CPA v4 construction party

2011-07-20 - Meeting at PSU and recovery system build at the PSBA

2011-07-12 - Avionics team meeting

2011-06-10 - Restart v4 CPA work

2011-05-31 - Next Launch: July 31, 2011

2011-05-15 - Build of node5 prototyping boards

2011-05-03 - Firmware structure discussion

2011-05-03 - Picking a Launch Date

2011-04-30 - PSAS in the Oregonian

2011-03-29 - Lecture on soldering, FC to Node5 GFE USB Communication

2011-03-02 - Team meeting

2011-02-22 - Re-lauch of general team meetings!

2011-02-18 - Engineering Discovery Showcase

2011-02-15 - PSAS gets SolidWorks 2011

2010-12-14 - Propulsion Meeting Minutes

2010-10-25 - Conference call with Spencer on CPAs

2010-10-17 - **Successful launch** of LV2.3 with roll control in Brothers, Oregon.

2010-10-17 - Launch logistics for launch of LV2.3 with roll control in Brothers, Oregon.

2010-06-27 - **Successful launch of LV2.3** in Brothers, Oregon.

2010-05-25 - Thoughts on characterization of the UHMW PE for v4 CPAs

2010-05-23 launch sops

2010-05-23 - Planned launch of LV2.3 **scrubbed** due to weather.

2009-10-02 - Black Rock Desert launch **SCRUBBED**

2009-09-22 - So far a 'Go' for BRD launch, registration info, etc.

2009-07-29 - Preliminary channels, Trackmaster 3k and LTC/LC comms

2009-07-21 - Avionics mounting structure

2009-06-16 - Roll stability random discussion notes

2009-06-09 - Next steps! And 802.11a adapters?

2009-05-31 - Successful launch of LV2.3 in Brothers, Oregon

2009-05-20 - Pre-launch prep: putting the recovery system together.

2009-05-12 - Pre-launch logistics meeting

2009-05-03 - Integration and Test Day Part 1/2

2009-05-01 - Article in Linux Journal

2009-04-21 - Launch decision, todos, and timeline

2009-04-19 - Drop test of recovery system, with a tad bit more success.

2009-04-05 - Drop test of recovery system.

2009-03-29 - Line cutter assembly and testing.

2009-03-22 - Parachute deployment test in Tigard

2009-03-15 - Test of parachutes in the atrium of the PSU EB

2009-02-17 - EAGLE CAD Workshop

2009-01-23 - PSAS at Engineering Discovery Showcase

2009-01-15 - The Universal Rocket Bus

2009-01-13 - Agenda for upcoming meeting

2008-10-01 - No go on 'Rocktober', student club stuff, meeting days.

2008-09-01 - More planning on CPAs for LV2c

2008-08-13 - Switched launch dates, airframe update, and avionics update.

2008-08-06 - Nosecone built! With Pics!

2008-07-23 - New avionics folks, nosecone mold finished, OSCON

2008-07-16 - PLUG meeting talk, Airframe planning meeting, and spin table handoff

2008-07-09 - Standalone ATV System Discussion and Continued Planning

2008-07-09 - Video overlay and LV2 scale model!

2008-07-02 - Standalone ATV System discussion and design start

2008-07-02 - Avionics planning

2008-06-25 - Christmas arrives early!

2008-06-09 - Looking for a 802.11a wireless adapter

2008-04-21 - Dr. Myron Kayton presents '100 Years of Inertial Navigation'

2008-04-09 - Ad Hoc comm team meeting on communication system frequencies

2008-01-30 - Discussing LV2c's telemetry system

2008-01-09 - General team meeting

2007-10-10 - Screaming Circuits donates rapid electronic assembly services (with Vanguard article)

2007-09-26 - Fire test of MJG Technologies J-Tek igniter

2007-08-29 - Go/No go decision for the BRD 2007 launch

2007-08-08 - General meeting; ikiwiki demo session

2007-06-17 - PSAS End-Of-Year/Dad's Day Picnic/Rocket Launch!

2007-05-02 - "Reflections of a Paleoaerodynamicist", Dr. John McMasters

2007-04-25 - Re-baselining LV2b

2007-04-11 - Bruce gives a presentation on RTOSs for the LPC2148

2007-04-01 - Dan prototypes the new recovery system, again.

2007-03-28

2007-03-14 - Recovery Node discussion

2007-03-07 - Beginning to hand out projects for AV2c...

2007-02-04 - Test of the Nose Separation Ring System (SRS)

2007-01-31 - Intro. and General Meeting

2007-01-03 - Where are we, where are we going

2006-12-16 - "To orbit on a budget" at the Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA

2006-11-15

2006-11-08

2006-10-17 - PSAS Booth at The Digital Avionics System Conference (DASC) 2006

2006-09-06-software

2006-09-06 - Notes up until this point

2006-08-30

2006-08-23

2006-08-02

2006-07-26 - O'Reilly Open Source Convention exhibit

2006-05-07

2006-04-26

2006-04-11

2006-03-07

2006-03-01

2006-02-24

2006-02-22

2006-02-18

2006-02-15 - EAGLE CAD Workshop

2006-02-09

2006-02-08-student-club

2006-02-08 - Airframe meeting at general meeting.

2006-02-06

2006-02-03

2006-02-01

2006-01-27

2006-01-20

2006-01-18

2006-01-13

2006-01-04 - Capstone Team: USB discussion and schedule planning

2005-12-20 - Capstone Team: Goals of PSAS and how they relate to the capstone project

2005-12-16 - Capstone Team: Official meeting with faculty advisor, Mark Faust

2005-12-13 - Capstone Team: Milestones, meeting with Faust, deliverables, some technical stuff

2005-12-06 - First meeting of the capstone team: Introductions, USB vs. CAN, and EagleCAD

2005-11-30 - More avionics architecture, PPC flight computer, and CAN vs USB discussions

2005-11-10 - Status report for IBM

2005-10-25 - Discussion of avionics architecture and PPC flight computer

2005-10-12

2005-10-06 - General Meeting: what do we do next?

2005-10-04

2005-10-03

2005-09-01 - General Meeting: Post-mortem analysis of LV2's wreckage

2005-08-20 - A spectacular flight of LV2, but with an unhappy ending

2005-08-18

2005-08-13 - System Test at Gabriel Park

2005-08-06 - System Test at Portland International Raceway

2005-08-03 - General Meeting: launch logistics for 8/20 launch

2005-07-23

2005-07-09 - System Test at Gabriel Park

2005-07-06 - General Meeting: Planned integration test at Gabriel Park (7/9).

2005-07-03 - System Test at Gabriel Park

2005-06-21 - GPS redux 4: test of retuned 2m & GPS: success!

2005-06-18

2005-06-04

2005-05-29 - GPS redux 3: SAW filters, GPS/ATV, 2m

2005-05-26 - GPS redux 2: trying a LNA with two added saw filters

2005-05-01

2005-04-16

2005-04-02

2005-03-23

2005-03-22 - GPS redux: We measure the absolute signal in on the GPS antenna from the ATV system

2005-03-16

2005-03-14 - GPS, ATV & 2m oh my: Tim and Andrew freeze their asses off testing 2 GPS boards

2005-03-09 - Fun with a spectrum analyzer: communication team field day at Maxim Semiconductor

2005-02-25 - System Test Day at Reed College

2005-02-09 - General Meeting: Launch (almost!) debrief, spaceshipone movie

2005-02-05 - Attempted Launch of LV2 in Millican, Oregon

2005-01-05 - PSAS Advisor wins IBM Scholars Program "Linux on POWER" Innovation Grant

2004-12-27 - ATV test: success across 4.7 mi through the Columbia gorge

2004-12-22

2004-12-15

2004-12-12 - System Integration and Test Day

2004-12-11

2004-12-07

2004-11-29 - PSAS Advisor wins NASA SBIR Grant on Vehicle Health Management

2004-11-27

2004-11-17

2004-11-13

2004-11-08 - VNA test of LV2 CPAs and ground equipment

2004-11-03 - General Meeting: updates, integration issues, launch schedule

20094-11-02 - LV2 Avionics Module complete!! With pictures!

2004-10-30

2004-10-27

2004-10-23

2004-10-21

2004-10-13

2004-10-11 - LV2 Communications Systems test results

2004-10-10 - Comm system thoughts: End-to-end equipment lists, thoughts on testing

2004-10-09

2004-09-11 - Black Rock Desert work party and dust bath

2004-08-28 - General Meeting and integration workshop at Brian's house

2004-08-18 - VNA test of "v3" CPAs

2004-08-08

2004-07-27 - v3 patch antenna discussion with airframe and avionics team

2004-07-22 - VNA test of solid UHMW PE "v2b" CPAs

2004-07-20

2004-07-18

2004-07-17 - PSAS display and workshop at OMSI's "Space Day"

2004-07-10

2004-06-30

2004-06-27 - Conference call with Glen Gardner re: sounding rockets

2004-06-26

2004-06-21 - Road Trip to Mojave, California for launch of Space Ship One

2004-06-12

2004-06-09 - Foam density revisited

2004-06-09 - APS (Avionics Power System) design: Li Ion battery charger choice

2004-06-07 - Trip to Timberline lodge to build the last of the V2 CPAs & measurement at PSU microwave lab

2004-06-06 - PSAS booth at PDXBOT.04

2004-05-31

2004-05-30 - Critical path scheduling and APS

2004-05-26

2004-05-15

2004-05-02

2004-05-01

2004-04-17

2004-03-24

2004-02-19 - v3 patch antennna design: Next steps and new mechanical design

2004-02-15

2004-02-12 - Measurement of foam density

2004-02-09 - Test of a v2 CPA constructed at sea level

2004-02-06 - Built two more v2 CPAs (Wifi, GPS) to test the "altitude effects dielectric thickness" hypothesis

2004-02-03 - v3 CPA design

2004-02-01 - Chat with Professor Jim Binkley about 802.11b and Linux drivers

2004-01-31

2004-01-25

2004-01-20 - Look at to-do lists and discuss link budget

2003-12-31

2003-12-30 - Magnetometers

2003-12-21

2003-12-13 - Suck on foam with the VNA, remeasure the slot antennas, measure the reference dipoles Teflon test?

2003-12-09 - Field trip to NW EMC in Hillsboro to test CPA propagation

2003-12-02 - General Meeting: updates, integration issues, scheduling

2003-11-30

2003-11-23 - One more v2 CPA test with VNA; smush testing, etc

2003-11-22

2003-11-21 - Andrew sucks (foam)

2003-11-19 - v3 CPA meeting

2003-11-18

2003-11-15

2003-11-11

2003-11-10 - Made 1.277 and 1.575 GHz flat patch antennas to test (build pictures)

2003-11-10 - Successfully tuned the 1.575 GHz and 1.277 GHz antennas in the PSU microwave lab... then we went nuts and turned the GPS antenna into a WiFi then 3 GHz antenna. Fun!

2003-11-04

2003-11-02

2003-10-20 - Successfully tuned a flat 2.4GHz CPA from it's natural resonant freq. to the design freq. of 2.422 GHz via exacto blade

2003-10-19

2003-10-13 - Power measurements on each component of the avionics system

2003-10-10 - Second test of v2 CPAs in PSU Microwave Lab: they're all way below the design frequency, but have great VSWR's

2003-10-07 - What's next, timelines, task lists

2003-10-06 - First test of v2 CPAs (built in NV desert) in PSU Microwave Lab: resonant frequencies off scale for 2/3

2003-10-05

2003-09-28

2003-09-21 - Launch of LV2.2 in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

2003-09-14-propulsion

2003-09-14 - Glenn makes up thousands of new helixes

2003-09-11 - v2 CPA's designed using Excel spreadsheet: calculates CPA dimensions and generates EAGLE CAD commands

2003-08-31

2003-08-26 - To do list, what's critical

2003-08-17

2003-08-16 - Mock up CPA test using 0.005" PCB and 0.01" Copper and EPU

2003-08-12 - General Meeting: Black Rock details, success criterion

2003-08-03

2003-07-31 - Tests of Tap Plastic's X-30 expanding polyurethane (EPU) foam

2003-07-22 - Non-PDX tasks, Protocols, LTC, Rocketview API, Routers

2003-07-20

2003-07-19 - OMSI's Space Day: Exhibit and workshop on OMSI's "front deck"

2003-07-15 - General Meeting

2003-07-09 - PSAS exhibit at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland

2003-07-08

2003-07-01

2003-06-24 - Things to do by August 22nd

2003-06-12 - PSAS presentation and exhibit at the USENIX Annual Technical Conference in San Antonio, TX

2003-06-10 - Test of v1 CPA's at Xerox's anechoic chamber

2003-06-09 - PSAS site Slashdotted due to Wired News article, but stayed up

2003-06-09

2003-06-04 - Measurements of v1 CPA's in PSU's Microwave Lab

2003-06-02

2003-05-23 - Dave T designs v1 CPA's on RT Duroid PCB

2003-05-13 - General Meeting: Ixnay summer, aim for 9/19 in Nevada; Need USENIX help

2003-04-16

2003-04-01 - General Meeting: rescheduled June 2003 launch

2003-03-12

2003-03-11 - Recovery node design review

2003-03-05

2003-02-26

2003-02-19

2003-01-28 - EAGLE PCB CAD Workshop

2003-01-07 - 5/4/2003 is freeze and launch call. 1/26 kickoff meeting scheduled.

2002-11-17 - FC infrastructure, 802.11b network architecture

2002-11-05 - General Meeting: Scheduling for 2003

2002-10-01 - Linux 2.6 lecture at OGI; General Meeting at McMenamin's Cornelius Pass Road House

2002-09-22 - Successful launch of LV2 in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada

2002-09-19 - Tuning 1.3GHz and 2.4GHz helical antennas @ the PSU microwave lab

2002-09-10 - Hardware work @ Andrew's; Software @ FAB CS lounge: telemetry client works

2002-09-08 - ATV distro board and PicCore @ Andrew's; Software @ FAB CS lounge

2002-08-29

2002-08-27 - GPS CAN node done; Clementine determined to be broken

2002-08-25 - ATV hardware & distro board designed. Jupiter boards programmed. Ate pizza.

2002-08-20 - PicCore lecture; James starts hacking FC software together

2002-08-18 - Larry goes it alone working on 2m radio interface

2002-08-13 - Overview of what needs to be done; James' notes on FC update

2002-08-11 - Paul and Andrew discuss GPS node processing

2002-08-06 - ATV and FC node work

2002-08-03

2002-08-01 - Announcement: 8/3 launch canceled due to fire danger

2002-07-31 - General Meeting: Launch logistics for 8/3

2002-07-21 - More to-do items; got LV1b 2m receiver to work, and tested it

2002-07-20 - System Test at OMSI's Space Day

2002-07-15

2002-07-11

2002-07-09 - General Meeting: Launch logistics for 8/3

2002-07-08

2002-07-07 - Getting CAN nodes working w/PicCore

2002-06-25 - Paul and Nate's CAN node dev system finally up and running

2002-06-24

2002-06-18 - Project timeline until the scheduled 8/3 launch

2002-06-04 - General Meeting: Reschedule of 6/21 launch to 8/3

2002-05-28 - James hacks away on FC, Andrew on the beginnings of PicCore

2002-05-26

2002-05-21

2002-05-19 - Booth at PDXBOT.02

2002-05-14

2002-05-10

2002-05-07

2002-05-01 - General Meeting

2002-04-28

2002-04-14

2002-04-10 - General Meeting

2002-04-07

2002-03-10

2002-03-03

2002-02-27

2002-02-06 - General Team Meeting

2002-01-23

2002-01-09

2001-12-16

2001-12-11 - Twiki lesson, planning for next launch.

2001-12-04 - OGI Lecture: Intro to Extreme Programming (XP)

2001-11-13

2001-10-09

2001-09-25

2001-09-20

2001-09-15

2001-09-12

2001-09-04

2001-08-29

2001-08-22 - Flight computer (MOPS520) boots off floppy!

2001-08-21

2001-08-15

2001-08-07

2001-08-02

2001-07-25

2001-07-17

2001-06-27 - Meeting with Jim Binkley of PSU CS on 802.11b

2001-05-29 - Avionics Meeting in PCAT 103

2001-05-29 - Airframe Meeting in PCAT 103

2001-02-06 - General Meeting in PCAT 103

2001-01-09 - General Meeting in PCAT 103

2000-11-02 - Lecture by Rainier Anacker: Build a small Rocket for L.E.O. (10 kg Payload)

2000-10-07 - Successful launch of LV1b in Bend, OR

2000-09-03 - Launch scrub of LV1b in Bend, OR

2000-07-19 - General Meeting in PCAT 103

2000-07-16 - LV1b telemetry system test #2

2000-07-12 - General Meeting & Task List in PCAT 103

2000-07-05 - General Meeting in PCAT 103

2000-06-07 - General Meeting in PCAT 103

2000-05-11 - PSAS wins Oregon Space Grant

2000-05-05 - LV1b telemetry system test

2000-05-03 - General Meeting in PCAT 103

2000-04-01 - PSAS exhibit at OMSI Russian Rocketry event

2000-03-01.html

2000-03-01

2000-02-02 - General Meeting in PCAT 103

2000-01-18 - General Meeting in PCAT 103

2000-01-01 - PSAS story in PSU's alumni magazine

1999-12-01 - General Meeting in PCAT 103

1999-10-20 - General Meeting in PCAT 103

1999-10-02 - System Tests

1999-09-17 - Launch scrub in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada

1999-09-13 - Rolleron Test

1999-09-06 - System Tests

1999-07-18 - OMSI Space Celebration

1999-07-07 - General Meeting in PCAT 103

1999-06-16 - General Meeting in PCAT 103

1999-04-21 - General Meeting in PCAT 103

1999-04-11 - Successful launch of LV1 in Bend, OR

1999-04-07 - Payload and Recovery Tests IV

1999-03-23

1999-03-16 - General Meeting in PCAT 103

1999-02-15.html

1999-02-15

1999-01-28 - Payload and Recovery Tests III

1999-01-05 - General Meeting in PCAT 103

1998-11-17 - Payload and Recovery Tests II

1998-11-08 - Payload and Recovery Tests

1998-10-26 - Launch scrub of LV1 in Bend, OR

1998-09-13

1998-08-02 - Group trip to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada

1998-07-18 - OMSI Space Days

1998-06-07 - Successful launch of LV0 in Monroe, WA

1998-05-24 - Launch scrubbed of LV0 in Bend, OR