Hello Andrew and PSAS Crew,

I've spent the better part of the weekend on the phone with Bill Colburn (SORAC Fearless Leader) and the rest of the SORAC Crew, discussing our continued interest in pursuing the new Nano-Sat Challenge that NASA announced last week.
We are moving forward with plans to make a go of it!

In years past we've been using Nitrous-Oxide as our oxidizer for Sub- Orbital flights on our 8" vehicle, however for this project we are planning to use Hydrogen-Peroxide as the oxidizer and re-vamp our two stage system into a three stage system. Originally our first stage booster was 12' in diameter, but to facilitate the need for more fuel capacity we are bumping it up to 18" for the first stage Coaxial Booster, 8" for the second stage and a 6" insertion vehicle.

We have been looking at http://www.cubesatkit.com/ for payload ideas for the cubesat, as it happens one of our crew members is friends with this company CEO and they have agreed to furnish us with whatever equipment we desire at a discounted rate. We also wanted to make space for any additional payload that PSAS might want to include if there was interest in a joint venture on your part with SORAC on this project.

Based on the challenges dictated accomplishment goals, we are looking to beef up our potential pool of IEEE specialists and hope that we could persuade PSAS in whole or part to help out with new and innovative electronics on the Nano-Sat scale. Also we could use you're help with ACS/RCS development. Bill said that SORAC would be willing to split a percentage of our funding or prize money with PSAS in cooperative venture, so that you as an educational group get both additional funding and some better public relations exposure. I don;t know the legal end of this at all, so we will need to sit down and discuss it so we don't break any rules.

I wanted to get this out to you asap, so we could at the very least start to discuss it, when time permits. I know that prep for Balls or LRDS (whichever you will attending) takes a front seat to anything that SORAC might be doing at the moment. However, we are pooling together all available resources as we speak for this, so that we can really start the design work.

I do not yet know when we are looking to make the launch attempt for this. We have the 12" booster ready for a test flight and are thinking we may test it at Balls along with the 8" second stage that we are already planning to fly.

We are always open to suggestions and are looking forward to potentially working with PSAS with anything you may have interest in.

I'll see you at the meeting tomorrow evening!


-Earl "Chip" Dryden
C: 503-891-6098
H: 503-251-1042
8720 NE Clackamas St.
Portland, Or 97220

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