Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, USA

SEDS is an independent, student-based organization which promotes the exploration and development of space. SEDS pursues this mission by educating people about the benefits of space, by supporting a network of interested students, by providing an opportunity for members to develop their leadership skills, and inspiring people through our involvement in space-related projects. SEDS believes in a space-faring civilization and that focusing the enthusiasm of young people is the key to our future in space.
Nov 28, 2014

November Update

Group Photo at SpaceVision 2014
Group Photo at SpaceVision 2014

While we are not quite yet at the New Year, November is the start of a new year for SEDS-USA! We have wrapped up another successful SpaceVision conference and are ushering in a new Board of Directors and year of projects. Check out the Leadership page on our website for biographical and contact information.

SpaceVision 2014 was an incredible success: thank you to the 15 volunteers, 60 speakers, 17 sponsors, exhibitors, and 200+ attendees that made this conference possible. Astronaut Story Musgrave kicked off the event with an inspiring presentation, “Defining a Life for Yourself: One Little Step at a Time” (attached), followed that night by an Alumni Meetup. The rest of the conference was a whirlwind of keynotes and panels, including some real talk with Lori Garver, an unexpected inspirational and candid speech from Rick Tumlinson, and panels discussing just about every aspect of space exploration you can think of (and many you hadn’t thought of). We all departed North Carolina at the end with new and renewed connections in our space family, reminders of why we explore and choose to do the hard things, and the inspiration and knowledge to keep on doing them and work harder now than ever before.

We awarded the following annual awards:

  • Todd B. Hawley Award for Student Leadership
  • Darrell Cain Award for Excellence
  • Best New Chapter: Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association
  • Chapter of the Year: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Technical Project of the Year: University of California, San Diego – 3D Printed Rocket Engine
  • Outreach Project of the Year: Global Space Balloon Challenge
  • Staff Member of the Year
  • Bob Richards Scholarship for Peace through Space
  • Peter Diamandis Bold Space Entrepreneur Scholarship
  • University Student Rocketry Challenge: University of Colorado at Boulder
  • High Altitude Balloon Challenge: University at Buffalo
  • ISU/AAS Major Diversity Award: Arizona State University
  • ISU/WIA Gender Diversity Award: Boston University

Thank you to Bob Richards and Peter Diamandis for personally sponsoring these new scholarships, the Darrell Cain family for continuing to offer this prestigious award in memory of a SEDS hero, to ISU, AAS, and WIA for continuing to promote diversity in the space industry, and to the SEDS-USA project managers who make our national competitions possible.

The first ever poster competition was an immense success, and I think we were all blown away by the academic research SEDS students are conducting — we hope to see even more next year! Awards were given for the following categories: Satellite and Satellite Technology (sponsored by SSPI), Robotics and Rovers (sponsored by UNC Computer Science Department), Astronomy, Space, and Earth Science (sponsored by UNC Department of Physics and Astronomy), Propulsion and Launch Vehicles, and Other.

We are looking forward to spending the next year with all of you! Please keep us up to date with your and your chapter’s activities, and stay in the loop with ours through our social media pages!

University of Colorado at Boulder SEDS chapter
University of Colorado at Boulder SEDS chapter
Incoming and Outgoing SEDS-USA Board of Directors
Incoming and Outgoing SEDS-USA Board of Directors
Students Chatting with Planet Labs Art Director
Students Chatting with Planet Labs Art Director
Founder Bob Richards Presenting Scholarship Award
Founder Bob Richards Presenting Scholarship Award

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Jul 28, 2014

July Update

The new logo of SEDS-USA
The new logo of SEDS-USA

I am thrilled to announce that after 30 years of the beloved "worm" logo, SEDS-USA will be launching the new "eclipse" logo. The logo redesign and corresponding website launch are intended to update the forward face of SEDS, a student organization making great leaps in space advocacy. With the "eclipse" logo, we simultaneously pay homage to the explorers and accomplishments of the past, while demonstrating our new vision for the future. The national rebrand has been in development for over eight months now and I am so proud and impressed by the work our team of SEDS-USA Staff and Board members has done in this time. Please help us spread the news and share in our excitement by checking out our press announcement and logo kit on the Media page. With this new logo we are also proud to announce the all new seds.org. We have completely redesigned the SEDS-USA website to make it more enjoyable (or less painful!) than ever to interact with SEDS-USA on the web. We hope you enjoy exploring the projects, merchandise, and information on this new website and use it to stay up to date with the organization's news and activities.  

Registration for SpaceVision 2014 is open! Students and professionals can register on the website for all four days of the conference, banquet, and Mercury 13 Social all for an early bird student price of $90. The conference will be heldThursday, October 30th through Sunday, November 2nd in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We are pleased to announce that SpaceVision 2014 will include anacademic poster sessionshowcasing the best projects undertaken by students in the space industry and related fields. Students are invited to submit abstracts of no greater than 2,250 characters in the following categories: Propulsion & Rocketry, Asteroids, Rovers & Robotics ($1000 prize), Satellites, or Astronomy, Earth Science, and Space Science ($1000 prize). Our latest confirmed speakers include Dr. Kris Lehnhardt, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Medicine at George Washington University, and Dr. Geronimo Villanueva, astrobiologist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.  

NewSpace 2014, the annual conference of the Space Frontier Foundation, is just around the corner from July 24th through July 26th in Silicon Valley, California. Keynote speakers include SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell, co-founder of SEDS and Moon Express Bob Richards, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Moon Express President Andy AldrinDraper Fisher Jurvetson's Steve Jurvetson, NASA Ames Director Pete Worden, and more. See the conference website for panel descriptions, additional keynote and honored speakers, and to stay updated as programming announcements are made. SEDS members who are students or 2014 graduates can use the discount code "dse3s" to receive a 50% discount on registration. This is a unique opportunity for students to network and learn from the leaders of the space industry in the technology capital of the world. Stay tuned for details about the SEDS-USA Alumni and Meetup Event at NewSpace. 

Last month, a subset of the SEDS-USA Board of Directors, Staff, and Council of Chapters attended the first ever SEDS-USA Leadership Conference, an Emerging Space Industry Leaders (ESIL) workshop. Attendees were able to interact one-on-one with mentors and seasoned leaders of the space industry, including Lori Garver, Air Line Pilots Association President and previous Deputy Directory of NASA, Ken Davidian, Director of Research at the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Carissa Christensen, Founder and Managing Director of the Tauri Group, and other leaders from Virgin Galactic, the White House Office of Science and Technology and Policy, PolispaceNexGen Space LLC, and more.

For this month's chapter highlight, we have the University of Colorado SEDS. CUSEDS had an unforgettable Spring semester. They started the semester with a small group lunch with the quirky and awesome astronaut Don Pettit, and ended the semester with a live video session with the current commander of the International Space Station and CU alumnusSteve Swanson (Joe Tanner, former astronaut and CUSEDS advisor, Chris Nie, CUSEDS member, and Steve “Swanny” Swanson pictured above). Between these two events, the chapter hosted over 200 students for a screening of the first episode of Neil Degrasse Tyson's Cosmos in their local planetarium, Boulder’s annual Yuri’s Night celebration, along with several local speakers including Dr. Alan Stern and Dr. Jack Burns. The chapter has also supported two projects – a high-powered rocketry team (COBRA) that performed competitively in NASA’s Student Launch Rocketry Competition and is currently competing in the SEDS-USA’s University Student Rocketry Challenge (USRC) – and a team competing the week of June 16-20 at NASA’s Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Long Duration Mission competition.  

 

On behalf of the entire SEDS-USA national leadership, thank you so much for your continued support and involvement with SEDS. 

 

SEDS Leadership at the ESIL Leadership Conference
SEDS Leadership at the ESIL Leadership Conference
CUSEDS Student Chris Nie speaking w ISS astronauts
CUSEDS Student Chris Nie speaking w ISS astronauts

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May 6, 2014

May Update!

SEDS-ASU with Astronaut Nicole Stott
SEDS-ASU with Astronaut Nicole Stott
Hey SEDS members, alumni, and supporters! 
 
I hope this email finds you all well (and in lovely Spring weather!). This month's letter features updates on the Alumni Association, SpaceTalksour three national competitionsSpaceVision 2014, ISDC 2014 and 30th Space Symposium, and this month's featured chapter, SEDS-ASU.
 
The SEDS-USA Alumni Association is collecting contact info from graduating seniors in order to present them with this year's graduation gifts and to add them to the SEDS-USA Alumni Association. The only requirement for joining the Alumni Association is a form completion -- this will ensure alumni are included in all Association events and will help to maintain a connection with the growing nationwide network of SEDS-USA alumni. If you are graduating this year please fill out this form by May 9th to be included in our spring program.  
 
Last month we saw SpaceTalks from Dr. Ryan Kobrick, Executive Director of Yuri's Night and Program Manager of Space Florida, as well as Dr. Scott Madry, Research Professor of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina and Faculty Member at the International Space University. Since most chapters will not be regularly meeting over the summer, starting with the next SpaceTalk on May 15th until September, individuals will be able to participate directly in the Hangout and interact with the speakers. 
 
Chapters participating in the High-Altitude Balloon Competition are finishing up their payloads and launching this month. Geoff Notkin, host of the television show Meteorite Men, interviewed our  University of Arizona chapter about their balloon! See it here. 
 
The SpaceVision 2014 website is now live! Confirmed keynote speakers so far include: Dr. John Mather, Senior Project Scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope and Nobel Prize Winner in Physics; Dr. Story Musgrave, NASA astronaut for 30 years and veteran of six spaceflights on all five space shuttles; Lori Garver, General Manager for the Airline Pilots Association and previous Deputy Administrator for NASA; Rick Tumlinson, Founder and Chairman of Deep Space Industries and Co-Founder of the Space Frontier Foundation; and Pete Worden, Director of NASA Ames Research CenterFollow our social media pages (facebook.com/SEDSSpaceVision | @SEDSSpaceVision) to be sure you don't miss upcoming exciting programming announcements 
 
The International Space Development Conference (ISDC) and 30th Space Symposium are just around the corner. National Space Society's ISDC 2014, themed "A Space Renaissance," will be held in Los Angeles from May 14th to 18th, followed immediately by Space Foundation's Space Symposium in Colorado Springs from May 19 to 22ndJoin us at the SEDS-USA Alumni Event and Meetup at ISDC on Thursday, May 15th and at 30th SS on May 20thFollow up on our social media pages for details on time and location! 
 
 This week's featured chapter update is from the Arizona State University SEDS chapter. SEDS-ASU ended the semester with a bang when three of their members, Jack Lightholder, John Conafay, and Robert Amzler flew with NASA’s Microgravity University aboard the weightless wonder zero gravity aircraft. They were part of the ASU Dust Devils Microgravity research group flying a student built astrophysics payload looking at early proto-planetary disk formation and dust coagulation in a microgravity environment. SEDS-ASU is also hard at work on their MarsTrac mission. This group is designing an open source, modular, sustainable, and 3D printable industrial vehicle for use on other worlds. The group seeks to test their prototype at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) next winter.
 
 
Thank you so much for your continued support of and participation with SEDS. I look forward to the next month of wonderful events, projects, and successes! 
 
Ad astra, 
Hannah 
SEDS-ASU Preparing for Their Zero-G Flight
SEDS-ASU Preparing for Their Zero-G Flight

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