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Free Software and High-Power Rocketry

Jun 23, 2003 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

This article from the Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS) describes the use of free software and open hardware to develop amateur-built medium-sized sub-orbital rockets capable of launching “nanosatellites” (satellites weighing less than 10 kg) into orbit. In examining the requirements of a navigational system that could guide the rocket along an orbital trajectory, PSAS concluded that the necessary… sophistication and complexity could not be achieved without using free software.

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