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.

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!

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;

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

SEDS Calls for Action After Chelyabinsk Impact Event

February 25, 2013 in Featured, News, Press Releases by SEDS Public Relations

On the morning of Friday, February 15th, the planet Earth was once again reminded of its vulnerability to the dangers of the universe. An estimated 10,000-ton meteor exploded over the skies of the southern Russian city of Chelyabinsk, releasing nearly 500 kilotons of energy from its entry into Earth’s atmosphere to its airborne disintegration. With injury estimates exceeding 1,000 and a reported 3,000 buildings damaged, it is a staunch reminder of the dangers and risks that we carry every day.

At about 17 meters (55 feet) wide, this meteor is alarmingly small by cosmic standards, described by NASA scientists as a “tiny asteroid.” However it is the largest reported meteor since 1908, when an estimated 100-meter (330-foot) meteor – the largest in recorded history – exploded near the Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia. Paul Chodas of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA said an event of this magnitude is expected to occur “once every 100 years on average.” It seems we were due for such an event, and probably should have been expecting it.

The event came less than 24 hours away from the closest approach of 2012 DA14, a 190,000-ton asteroid. 2012 DA14, discovered just last year by amateur astronomers in Spain, will swoop down towards Earth, coming within 17,200 miles of its surface. Our own communications satellites watched as it came within a hair’s breadth of Earth by astronomical standards. If this asteroid were to impact our planet, it could release an explosion around three megatons — almost 200 times more powerful than the blast from the atomic bomb at Hiroshima. While astronomers have been able to determine that 2012 DA14 will not impact us in the future, we should see this flyby as a cautionary reminder of the imminent and omnipresent dangers just outside our atmosphere.

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space calls on leaders worldwide to recognize the danger we face and provide appropriate resources to reduce the risk to all of human life. The potential likelihood of localized or worldwide destruction with humanity caught unaware is far too grave to ignore. We must not delay in developing the technologies to not only discover these objects with greater speed and accuracy, but also those to divert such destructive forces once we do detect them from our fragile pale blue dot.

Media Contact:
Hannah Kerner
SEDS-USA Public Relations Manager
Email: pr@seds.org

 

SEA Blitz Calls On Congress to Make Space a Priority

February 22, 2013 in Featured, News, Press Releases by SEDS Public Relations

Next week, the Space Exploration Alliance will call upon Congress to ensure that America’s space program is a national priority in the coming year. Space advocacy groups from all over the country will gather in our nation’s Capitol to convince members of congress of “strong constituent support for an ambitious space program.”

The Space Exploration Alliance (SEA) was formed in 2004 when thirteen of the 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, no longer an option as it was at the dawn of the space age. SEA’s goals include humans reaching at least one destination beyond low-earth orbit (i.e. the Moon or an asteroid) in the next ten years and landing on Mars by 2030.

Anyone who is interested in participating in the 2013 SEA Legislative Blitz or seeking more information should visit: http://www.spaceexplorationalliance.org/blitz/. Registration is free of charge. SEA will provide registrants with an educational and training session on February 24th in addition to materials for meetings on subsequent days of the Blitz.

Media Contact:
Hannah Kerner
Public Relations Manager, SEDS-USA
Phone: (704) 778-8648
Email: pr@seds.org

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.

SEDS Launches Third Annual High Power Rocketry Challenge

February 18, 2013 in Featured, News, Press Releases by SEDS Public Relations

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Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is now accepting registration for teams in the third annual SEDS High Power Rocketry Challenge. This competition is open for participation at no cost to SEDS chapters and SEDS members. Universities not currently affiliated with SEDS are welcome to participate.

The main objective of the competition is to design, build, and launch a rocket capable of carrying a three pound payload to 10,000 feet above ground level. Teams will be judged on time to altitude along with the scientific and technical value of their payloads. Launches will be conducted around the country by individual teams. Teams are responsible for completing comprehensive design and launch reports for presentation to the judging committee. Winners of the challenge will be announced at SEDS’s annual national conference, SpaceVision. SpaceVision is being hosted this year in Tempe, Arizona by Arizona State University SEDS from November 7th-10th.

All teams seeking to compete should contact the Competition Coordinator, Christopher Ogden (christopher.ogden@seds.org), by Friday, March 1st to indicate their interest. Teams must launch by Monday, September 2, 2013. SEDS is currently seeking sponsors for this competition: please contact the competition coordinator for additional details.

Additional competition information can be found at: http://seds.org/projects/high-powered-rocket-competition/2013-high-power-rocketry-challenge/

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.

SEDS In the Running for Microfunding Opportunities for Nonprofits on Give for Youth

February 18, 2013 in Featured, News by SEDS Public Relations

SEDS needs your help! We need you to vote for SEDS in the Good Maker fundraiser campaign at the link below! The top 20 voted profiles will be the only final entries and eligible for donation matching by Microsoft up to $100K! VOTING ENDS FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST! Help SEDS reach out to youth and inspire the next generation!

Don’t delay! Vote here now: http://giveforyouth.maker.good.is/projects/SEDSUSA