SEDS SpaceTalks Launches with Virgin Galactic’s Will Pomerantz!

April 11, 2014 in Featured, News by Andrew Harris

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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!

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.

Official competition rules can be found at http://seds.org/usrc.  In order to participate, a letter of intent must be submitted to usrc@seds.org by February 28, 2014.

SEDS Joins the Space Exploration Alliance in Legislative Blitz to Prioritize Space Exploration

December 2, 2013 in Press Releases by Hannah Kerner

From February 23rd to February 25th, 2014, space exploration advocates across the United States will call on Congress to prioritize the funding and development of the national space program. The purpose of this convergence on Washington is to show “that there is strong constituent support for an ambitious space program.”

The Space Exploration Alliance (SEA) was formed in 2004 when thirteen of the nation’s top space advocacy group joined forces for the first “Legislative Blitz” on Congress. Seventy-six space enthusiasts rallied in support of NASA and space exploration, speaking with over 200 congressional offices on the matter. Now, SEA calls on advocates of space exploration everywhere to help convince Congress of the long-term goals and short-term steps required for the United States to reap the economic, technological, and strategic benefits of space. Space exploration has become a necessity in our modern world; it is the only way forward as a species. SEA’s goals include sending humans to least one destination beyond low-earth orbit, such as the Moon or a nearby asteroid, in the next ten years. SEA also advocates for a manned mission to Mars by 2030.

This year, the Space Exploration Alliance is reaching out again to space advocacy groups around the nation. If you or your organization is interested in participating, or if you would like more information, please visit http://www.spaceexplorationalliance.org/blitz/. Registration is free, and there will be an information and training session on Sunday, February 23rd, with materials for meetings on Monday, February 24th and Tuesday, February 25th.

About SEDS:
The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is the world’s only independent, fully student-run, nonprofit organization for space advocacy. Founded in 1980 by students frustrated with the stagnation of NASA after Apollo, SEDS has inspired tens of thousands of students to pursue careers in science, engineering, and technology. SEDS supports a network of over 30 student chapters across the United States, hosts the largest student-run space conference in the world (SpaceVision), provides students opportunities to develop their leadership skills and professional networks, and inspires others through their involvement in space-related projects. Alumni can be found throughout the space industry in both traditional and “New Space” companies. For more information visit: http://www.seds.org.

California Space Enterprise Center Now Offering Discount Membership to SEDS Students

October 12, 2013 in Featured, News, Press Releases by dmpastuf

The California Space Enterprise Center (CSEC) has formed an alliance with Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) to offer discounted memberships with Green2Gold and Space Entrepreneurship. SEDS members now have the opportunity to purchase memberships for only $99 per year, compared to the usual $350 for a full year membership.

Services offered by Green2Gold include concept to to marketplace mentorship, financing and funding resources, intellectual property protection, strategic planning/marketing, and so much more. For a full list of services see the following webpage: http://www.green2gold.org/services-offered-by-green2gold.

The CSEC focuses on fostering invention and innovation for space exploration and commercialization. The Center features a fully independent and self-sustainable space station, a complete spectrum business incubator with wet/dry R&D labs, venues for viewing rocket launches, a public observatory and planetarium, a convention/event/entertainment complex, and an education center featuring a museum of history and technology. CSEC is a prime sponsor of this year’s NewSpace Student Business Plan Competition, to be held in Tempe, Arizona at the SEDS SpaceVision 2013 national conference. For the grand prize winner, CSEC is offering CSEC membership and Virtual Incubation, CSEC membership for the second-place winner, and Green2Gold membership for third place.

CSEC-SEDS Membership Details here!

CSEC-SEDS Membership Details here!

Space Frontier Foundation and Students for the Exploration & Development of Space Present NewSpace Student Business Plan Competition

September 1, 2013 in Press Releases by Hannah Kerner

The Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) and the Students for the Exploration & Development of Space (SEDS) are proud to announce the 3rd annual Student NewSpace Business Plan Competition, taking place at SpaceVision on November 8th at the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB4). SpaceVision is an annual conference organized by SEDS-USA, attracting large numbers of students, professionals and enthusiasts from around the country.

This competition will require its participants to pitch their business model to a panel of investors experienced in the NewSpace industry and space entrepreneurship. The NewSpace industry is a growing sector of companies who share a bold vision of enabling the economic frontier of space development in areas such as space tourism, space manufacturing, resources harvesting, and commercial services in transportation and satellite infrastructure. The business plan must therefore revolve around a space-frontier-enabling technology or service idea. The plan need not entail a company that literally operates in space.

All undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with a US-based university are eligible to participate; however, students may be of any nationality. Teams are encouraged to be creative and draw parallels from other sectors and industries. Engineering and business students are encouraged to collaborate together to develop a strong business model. Students need not be members of SEDS but are encouraged to reach out to or start a local SEDS chapter at their institution.

The Grand Prize includes one year of virtual incubation through the California Space Enterprise Center and Green 2, one year of member ship in Space Entrepreneur, Inventor and Innovator Program of the Space Enterprise Center, $1000 dollar cash prize sponsored by Zveznet Industries, and a trophy featuring a meteorite from Aerolite Meteorites, LLC sponsored by Standard Propellant.

For more information on rules, procedures, deadlines and prizes, visit the competition website: http://spacevision.seds.org/Business_Plan_Competition/

SEDS is the world’s largest student-run organization dedicated to space advocacy and development. Space Frontier Foundation is a non-profit corporation whose goal is to open the space frontier to space settlement through private sector development.

Contact Person: Joe Moellers
Organization: Students for the Exploration & Development of Space
Telephone Number: 641.330.5604
Email: joe.moellers@seds.org
Website: www.seds.org

Contact Person: Sara Meschberger
Organization: Space Frontier Foundation
Telephone Number: 623.271.2045
Email: sara.meschberger@spacefrontier.org
Website: www.spacefrontier.org

SEDS Announces SpaceVision 2013 Conference Registration

July 30, 2013 in Featured, News by dmpastuf

We are excited to invite everyone to join us in sunny Tempe, Arizona for SpaceVision 2013!
SpaceVision 2013 is a networking, learning, and hands-on conference that will be hosted at Arizona State University November 7th through the 10th and has been planned in an exciting collaboration between SEDS-ASU and the University of Arizona SEDS.
Guests will hear from some of the biggest players in the space industry, including, Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer, Chris Lewicki, President and Chief Asteroid Miner for Planetary Resources, Jim Bell, President of the Planetary Society, and arguably one of the most important science popularizers ever: Bill Nye the Science Guy!
Other guests include: Lawrence Krauss, Theoretical Phycisist; Elise Andrew, Owner and creator of I Fucking Love Science; Eric Korpela, Project Scientist for SETI@home and many more!
Additionally, SpaceVision 2013 will offer many unique experiences that are a first for SpaceVision. Guests will get to explore the expansive and space exploration-dedicated ISTB-4 building, which is a home to several NASA clean labs, a collection of robotics labs, and among many other things, a 3D Planetarium that will be playing several shows just for SpaceVision 2013 guests.
SpaceVision will also have several hands-on workshops, including the “Kickstart a High Power Rocketry Team” sessions led by ASU’s very own DAEDELUS experimental rocketry team, and a hackathon featuring an exclusive first-use of the Gravity Development Board from Solar System Express! In a change from the tradition of catered lunches, SpaceVision 2013 guests will enjoy lunches from the most unique and delicious food trucks that Phoenix has to offer!
Tempe averages a comfortable 73 degrees in early November, and SpaceVision guests will have the opportunity to explore the bustling nightlife of Tempe’s Mill Avenue while being always nearby the state-of-the-art conference hub, ISTB-4, and living comfortably at the Tempe Mission Palms Resort.
The Tempe Mission Palms resort is located directly on Mill Avenue, which borders ASU’s campus, and has convenient proximity to the Phoenix Metro light rail and the endless options that Mill Avenue offers. SpaceVision 2013 guests are being offered a special, exclusive rate at the resort of $149 each night. Guests have the option of booking a double or single bedroom.
Registration for four days of incredible experiences is just $65 for students and $99 for professionals. Please register here.
Finally, thank you for your continued support and membership of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. We are proud that our members play direct roles in the current state of space exploration and spread awareness of space exploration each day.
We look forward to seeing you at SpaceVision 2013!

Attend the Future Space 2013 Conference

July 15, 2013 in Featured, News by dmpastuf

This Wednesday, July 17th, the Future Space Leaders Foundation will host the second annual Future Space 2013 in our nation’s Capitol! The conference will raise grant funds to support educational programs and networking opportunities for graduate students and young professionals. The event is packed with congressional speakers and substantive panels on satellite navigation systems, advanced space technology, and human exploration destinations. Featured speakers include NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy Douglas Loverro, and top officials from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, and other industry leaders!
See the agenda at http://www.futurespaceleaders.org/events.html;

Come See SEDS at the 2013 Space Tech Expo

May 22, 2013 in News, Press Releases by dmpastuf

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) will be an exhibitor at this year’s Space Tech Expo at booth #8044. Visitors will be able to see the latest and greatest of what SEDS and its chapters have been up to, including its annual High Power Rocketry Competition. Attendees can also see XCOR’s Lynx spaceplane at the Expo’s Space Experience Park, aboard which they can book a flight through Moonandback Travel with the SEDS referral code (See release and more information at http://seds.org/2013/05/moonandback-travel-offering-off-world-excursions-benefiting-seds/).

SEDS is the world’s only independent, fully student-run, nonprofit organization for space advocacy. Founded in 1980 by students frustrated with the stagnation of NASA after Apollo, SEDS has inspired tens of thousands of students to pursue careers in science, engineering, and technology. SEDS supports a network of over 30 student chapters across the United States, hosts the largest student-run space conference in the world (SpaceVision), provides students opportunities to develop their leadership skills and professional networks, and inspires others through their involvement in space-related projects. Alumni can be found throughout the space industry in both traditional and “New Space” companies. For more information, visit: http://www.seds.org.

The Space Tech Expo will be held this week from May 21st through May 23rd in Long Beach, California at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. This year’s conference will be themed around “The Business Case for Space.” Many companies and organizations affiliated with SEDS, including Google Lunar X PRIZE and XCOR, will also be present as exhibitors. Registration as an Exhibition visitor and for the Satellite & Space Summit is free (http://www.spacetechexpo.com/registration).

SEDS Members Offered Discount Subscription to NewSpace Global

May 22, 2013 in News, Press Releases by dmpastuf

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is pleased to announce that its student members now have the opportunity to subscribe to NewSpace Global (NSG) at an immensely discounted rate. NewSpace Global is the world’s leading source of information and analysis regarding the commercial space sector, with subscriptions to this information normally priced at $395 per year. SEDS members can subscribe to this essential information for only $9.95 per month. With this subscription students will have access to NSG’s monthly market tracking report, Thruster, in addition to the NSG Indices and NewSpace Watch. NSG Indices dynamically tracks the top 100 privately owned companies, private companies “on the bubble”, and publicly traded companies, all within the New Space industry. NewSpace Watch provides a daily report of the latest news, events, and announcements within the private space industry, with over 21,000 postings to date. Student members of SEDS can sign up at http://www.newspacewatch.com/signup-edu.php using their .edu email address and the coupon code “NSGEDU”.

Moonandback Travel Offering Off-World Excursions Benefiting SEDS

May 20, 2013 in Featured, News by dmpastuf

 

Moonandback Travel, Inc. has partnered with the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space to provide space tourism services to SEDS’ membership and alumni. Moonandback Travel has agreed to donate $2,500 to SEDS for every booking referred by SEDS that includes the checkout code SEDS 917 entered on the Travel web site’s booking form. The donations, made to SEDS in the name of the person booking the flight, are for flights on the Lynx spaceplane or ascents to near-space on zero2infinity’s bloon. Information on both experiences can be found on Moonandback Travel’s web site http://takeme2space.com.lynx-top-01-1024x380