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2003 USENIX Annual Technical Conference, June 9-14, 2003, Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, Texas
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Linux in Space!

The Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS) will be exhibiting their latest sub-orbital amateur rocket and support system in the Exhibition Hall at USENIX '03. They will show videos of the rocket being launched, and also hold a BoF session to talk about it.

PSAS is an entirely open source, open hardware student and volunteer organization based at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. The current PSAS system consists of a second generation rocket airframe, launch tower, wireless networking and telemetry equipment, and a sophisticated amateur avionics (flight electronics) package.

PSAS is a leader among amateur groups exploring the navigation and steering of rockets, which are key technologies to achieving orbit. The current avionics system measures the rocket's position and orientation in real time by processing GPS and inertial measurement data.

More information about PSAS and their activities is available at

Social Activities

Welcome Meet & Greet
Wednesday, June 11, 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Enjoy light refreshments while reconnecting with friends and colleagues.

Exhibit Hall Happy Hour
Thursday, June 12, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Visit the Vendor Exhibition, enjoy snacks with hosted beer and wine, and learn about the latest products and technologies.

Fajita Fiesta
Friday, June 13, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Socialize with your fellow attendees over casual eats and hosted beer and wine.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Saturday, June 14
3:45 pm - 9:30 pm

roller coasterWhen the technical program ends on Saturday afternoon, get ready to play for the rest of the day! Board a shuttle bus with your friends to fun-filled Six Flags Fiesta Texas, a 200-acre family theme park with over 60 rides and attractions. Enjoy a variety of rollercoasters including the awesome Superman Krypton Coaster, the twisted track Poltergeist, the forwards and backwards looping Boomerang, and the old favorite, Wooden Rattler. Free-fall from a 20-story tower on Scream, get soaked on the river rapids ride, or catch a giant wave in the Texas-shaped pool that generates 4-foot waves every few minutes. (Note: In the waterpark, closed-toe beach shoes are recommended. Clothing with rivets is not allowed.)

With gentler rides for the children, Loony Tunes characters, and the new Scooby-Doo Ghostblasters—The Mystery of the Haunted Mansion, this event will be fun for the entire family.

Your registration fee covers one admission ticket and a voucher good at six casual restaurants in the park. Additional tickets may be purchased onsite at a special discounted price.

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs)
Current BoF Schedule
Wednesday, June 11
   8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 12
   7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Friday, June 13
   7:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

Lead or attend a BoF! Meet with your peers! Present new work! Don't miss these special activities designed to maximize the value of your time at the conference. The always popular evening Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are very informal gatherings of persons interested in a particular topic. BoFs may be scheduled during the conference at the registration desk or in advance by contacting the USENIX Conference Dept. by email ( BoFs are open to all attendees. Topics are announced at the conference.
Work-in-Progress Reports (WiPs)
Friday, June 13
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Short, pithy, and fun, Work-in-Progress reports introduce interesting new or ongoing work. If you have work you would like to share or a cool idea that's not quite ready for publication, send a one- or two-paragraph summary to . We are particularly interested in presenting students' work. A schedule of presentations will be posted at the conference, and the speakers will be notified in advance. Work-in-Progress reports are five-minute presentations; the time limit will be strictly enforced.

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Last changed: 9 May 2003 jr