CPSS is made up of a few subsystems that specialize in different aspects. Most members are involved in one team. But depending on their abilities, they can be active in more than one subsystem.

Structures Subsystem

Ever wonder how rockets are made? How the shape of nose-cones can affect the entire rockets' aerodynamics? In CPSS, we have the answers. In CPSS, we are able to turn a soft fiberglass fabric and some plywood into a rocket that can reach mach speed. In Structures, we fabricate all of our rockets from scratch and make sure that the materials being used have enough structural integrity for their specific purpose. Formulating epoxy & micro balloons, shaping the rocket's body with fiberglass, finding its aerodynamic center, etc… are some of the many things you'll learn as part of the Structures team.

If you would like to 'learn by doing,' and a have burning desire to design and build your own unique rockets that are sure to raise eyebrows at first sight, CPSS is the perfect place for you.

Propulsion/Pyrotechnic Subsystem

The propulsions/pyrotechnics group is responsible for designing the rocket's motor and other pyrotechnic components.

Electronics and Controls Subsystem

The electronics and controls team is a small group of students who are interested in the important control and sensor systems that are essential for advanced spacecraft design. We work with the rest of the club to design and build electronics packages that integrate well with the rest of the rocket. We use skills that we have learned in building simple electronic systems to build more complex systems for future use. No experience is needed to become involved in this exciting team, only a desire to learn more about electronics.

Junior Subsystem

The primary responsibility of the junior subsystem group is to coordinate the Structures and Electronics teams, ensuring that both teams are aware of each other's requirements. Secondary responsibilities include supporting the Structures and Electronics teams if they need extra help and managing any side projects that don't fall under the headings of the other two teams. Most often, Special Systems is only one person, the lead, who will take volunteers from other groups if he or she needs help with a project.


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