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, SpaceTalks, our three national competitions, SpaceVision 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 Center. Follow 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 22nd. Join us at the SEDS-USA Alumni Event and Meetup at ISDC on Thursday, May 15th and at 30th SS on May 20th. Follow 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!
SEDS-ASU Preparing for Their Zero-G Flight