Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a group, the Portland State Aerospace Society, as an advisor for some of their projects. They are a passionate group, providing opportunities for students to design and build large amateur rockets, and a cubesat. Eventually, they hope to be the first university-based team to go to 100 km. To get there, they have been incrementally developing the technology they need, starting with carbon fiber airframes, flight control systems and Reaction Control Systems (RCS). This year, they are preparing to build new airframes and start development of a liquid engine.
This story is to share what this passionate group is doing and partly to ask for help with their crowdfunding campaign. I wish that, as a student, I could have had the opportunity to participate in a group like this. However, we all have an opportunity to help fund these great opportunities for future aerospace engineers. Please feel free to share with anyone else you think may be interested.