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 session, showcasing 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 Aldrin, Draper 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, Polispace, NexGen 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 alumnus, Steve 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.