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SEDS SpaceTalks Launches with Virgin Galactic’s Will Pomerantz!

April 11, 2014 in Featured, News by Andrew Harris


The Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association tunes in to the Space Talk! Photo Credit: Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association

On March 28th, SEDS USA kicked off SpaceTalks, a bi-monthly Google Hangout that brings space industry leaders face-to-face with SEDS members from across the country.

The first SpaceTalk featured Will Pomerantz, VP of Special Projects at Virgin Galactic. Will—who is himself a SEDS alum—presented about his hopes for the future of human spaceflight.

His presentation sparked several questions, both about his company and the role of NewSpace companies in space exploration at large. Catch the talk (minus the last fifteen minutes) below!

Get Ready for the High-Altitude Balloon Challenge!

March 12, 2014 in Uncategorized by Kitty McMahan

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space challenge you to design, build, and fly a high altitude balloon carrying a unique payload under an extremely short timeline. This challenge serves to engage members at a local level and build experience dealing with near-space flight hardware, working with an interdisciplinary team, and deadline-dependent deliverables.  
The challenge is simple – build a less than 6 lb. payload to fly on a weather balloon.
The timeline is short – All payloads must launch prior to May 31st, 2014.
The winners will be creative – Three teams will be selected based on the novelty of their payloads as shown with a poster that can presented at the SpaceVision Conference. The first place team will win 5 registrations for SpaceVision 2014. 
For more information, please visit:
And good luck!

SEDS Announces 2014 University Student Rocketry Challenge

February 26, 2014 in Featured, News, Press Releases by Andrew Dianetti

SEDS-USA is pleased to announce the  2014 University Student Rocketry Challenge.  This competition challenges teams to design and launch a high-powered rocket to an altitude of 10,000 feet while carrying a standardized payload.  Teams may earn additional points by including a custom payload or propulsion system.

The competition is open to teams of students from any university within the United States, and there is no cost to enter.  Teams will be required to submit design and fabrication reports throughout the competition, and will participate in several engineering reviews.

The USRC builds on the success of the national rocketry competition held by SEDS for the past three years, which has seen over 200 students gain hands-on engineering experience.  The first place team will receive a prize of $1000.

Happy Holidays!!

December 24, 2013 in Uncategorized by Kitty McMahan

The votes have been tallied and the winners of our annual holiday postcard contest have been determined! First and foremost, a big thank you to everyone that submitted a design this year! The numbers were close, but our two winners were (drumroll please…):

In first place… The University of Michigan!