This update includes information about the SEDS-USA High Altitude Balloon Competition, the SpaceTalks speaker series, SpaceVision 2014, the Student Business Plan Competition, the Humans to Mars Summit, and the International Space Development Conference.
The first-ever High Altitude Balloon Competition has officially launched! Teams are challenged to build and fly a less-than-six-pound payload by May 31st. Three winners will be selected based on the novelty of the payload, with a grand prize of five SpaceVision 2014 registrations. This competition is the perfect way for your chapter to get involved with a technical project with little funding or technical experience required. Half of our chapters have already signed up to participate!
SEDS SpaceTalks is a series of Google+ Hangouts On Air highlighting developments, challenges, and new opportunities in the space industry. Each Hangout, a new space-industry leader is invited to talk about a hot space topic of their choice. Events are broadcast live on YouTube for questions from the public, and chapters have the opportunity to join the Hangout and interact directly with the speaker. So far we have had three successful SpaceTalk hangouts with William Pomerantz, Vice President of Special Projects at Virgin Galactic; Chris Voorhees, Vice President of Spacecraft Development at Planetary Resources; and Ryan Kobrick, Executive Director of Yuri's Night and Program Manager at Space Florida.
UNC SEDS has been working away on getting things ready for SpaceVision 2014, to be held October 30th - November 2nd in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Registration and hotel bookings will be available within the next week, and we’ll be announcing a number of awesome speakers. As a sneak peek at the keynotes you can expect this year, we are excited to announce that Astronaut Story Musgrave, the only astronaut to fly missions on all five shuttles, and Lori Garver will be delivering keynotes at this year’s conference.
Preparations for the fourth annual Student Business Plan Competition have already begun, starting with efforts to increase public awareness of the event and seeking out sponsorships. This year, we hope build off the success of previous competitions and substantially increase the prize offering as well as provide educational resources to students with entrepreneurial interests. Also being considered is the possibility of providing a seminar for the competitors prior to the event, where they can learn how to strengthen their business plans and approach potential investors.
We are pleased to announce that members of SEDS will receive a special discount code for the Humans to Mars Summit (H2M). In addition, and STEM educators will receive free registration on the first day of the conference (April 22nd). H2M will be held April 22-24, 2014 at at George Washington University in Washington, DC. This Summit will be a comprehensive Mars exploration conference to address the major technical, scientific, and policy related challenges that need to be overcome to send humans to Mars by 2030. Topics will include Mars mission architecture and challenges, science goals and robotic precursor missions, planetary protection, international cooperation, Mars and STEM education, space and US competitiveness, Affording Mars, ISRU, and many other topics. SEDS members can receive exclusive discount registration with a discount code provided by their chapter leaders. H2M speakers include: Buzz Aldrin, Charles Bolden, William Gerstenmaier, Miles O'Brien, Scott Pace, Pete Worden, Rick Tumlinson, and many more. For a full list of speakers, please visithttp://h2m2014.exploremars.org/category/speakers/.
The National Space Society's International Space Development Conference (ISDC) 2014 will be held in Los Angeles at the Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel from May14th to 18th. This annual conference brings together the leading managers, engineers, scientists, educators, and businessmen from civilian, military, commercial, entrepreneurial, and grassroots advocacy space sectors. This year, the theme of the conference is "A Space Renaissance", a revival or rebirth, a period of expanding intellectual and artistic achievement or enthusiasm. A Renaissance is happening now in the worldwide space industry during this transformation towards private space enterprise and space tourism ventures. Inevitably this will lead to large-scale sustainable space settlements and a bright and healthy future in space for humanity. The National Space Society expects ISDC 2014 to be one of the premiere space conferences of the year and to have record attendance. Many SEDS members from all over the country will be volunteers at ISDC 2014, and the Chair of SEDS-USA will be speaking to hundreds of students on the first night of the conference.
Thank you for your continued involvement with SEDS. We look forward to the next month of your contributions to the SEDS mission to promote and participate in the exploration and development of space.
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