Pyxida Flight Computer

For the last year Avionics has been developing a custom flight computer named “Pyxida.” The development program has been amply arduous to make us appreciate the wonder of technology that is the Pyxida.

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Pyxida was concieved as a device that would allow our rocket to complete whatever mission it needed to. Pyxida is a sensor suite on top of a versatile Linux computer. The list of sensors includes accelerometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, a GPS,  It contains a powerful radio to allow communication over almost 30 miles. Pyxida can interface with motors, pyrotechnics, servos, and many other peripherals to complete its mission. Pyxida also has a custom built ground station to log data and display it in real time.

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The receiving station. This device can also accommodate 7 element yagi antennas as well as ducky antennas. The antennas are 900Mhz and 440Mhz.

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The ground terminal running in simulation mode. This application can control the parafoil, detonate pyrotechnics, and display all the data that is downlinked.

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Avionics hardware. The sled and sealing disks are poly-carbonate. This represents a major upgrade from the MDF and thermoplastics of avionics sleds past. Already mounted on the sled are the three connectors, the Pyxida custom avionics, the Stratologger CF, and the TeleMetrum

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An excited avionics team. (L to R) Charlie ’19, Josef ’19, Tristan ’19, Andrew ’19, and Jacob ’19.

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