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Ground Systems

"And wow! Hey! What's this thing coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding word like... ow... ound... round... ground! That's it! That's a good name - ground! I wonder if it will be friends with me?" -- An unexpectedly descending whale, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams.

  1. Ground Systems
    1. Overview
    2. System Diagrams
    3. Base Camp
    4. Away Cell
    5. Old Stuff
    6. Future Stuff


The Ground Systems Team designs and implements all of the ground-based rocket deployment and support equipment. There is no email discussion list for the ground support team at this time, but discussions frequently occur on the software list.

We have a Launch Control Module (LCM): which houses the flight controllers and a bunch of Linux-based computers. We also have a computer-controlled Launch Tower (LT) which launches the rocket remotely. Using Wifi (802.11b) links, we can even separate the LCM and the LT by a few miles.

System Diagrams

Base Camp

Away Cell

Old Stuff

Future Stuff