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Software Engineering: Rocket Software

Posted by Peter W on March 29, 2007

I’m happy to be done with winter term classes finally (only about a week after everyone else, thanks to extensions on a couple school projects). One very fun class I had was CS300: Sofware Engineering (description, course wiki). I enjoyed the term project, which for me was a bit different than what other people did… I got to write the software requirements and software system test plan for the Portland State Aerospace Society’s flight computer software, which will be responsible for collecting sensor data, detecting apogee and commanding the firing of pyrotechnic nose-ejection charge and cable cutting charge.

It’s a cool group and an awesome rocket. Check out the PSAS introduction, avionics diagram, the network and ground system diagram, and the conceptual design for the next rocket airframe.

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