SEDS One of Twenty Winners in Microsoft and GOOD Maker Challenge

March 20, 2013 in Press Releases by Hannah Kerner

Last month social empowerment community GOOD teamed up with Microsoft’s Give For Youth, a program that helps nonprofits crowd fund their youth-focused projects in partnership with GlobalGiving, in the GOOD Maker Challenge for Inspiring Youth-Focused Nonprofits. For two weeks the public voted for the nonprofit organizations whose youth education, employment, entrepreneurial projects they deemed most worthy of funding. The twenty organizations who received the most votes would be able to fundraise on the Give For Youth platform. Between March 18th and March 27th, Microsoft will match all funds up to $100,000 raised by SEDS and the nineteen other nonprofits who are winners of this Challenge. The top three finalists of this second fundraising challenge will receive an additional prize including $5000 in Microsoft Store money and a one-year subscription to GOOD and its cobrands.

SEDS’s winning endeavor in this challenge is STEM Education and Outreach for the Younger Generation. A nonprofit organization run entirely by college students at 40 university chapters nationwide, SEDS strives to create projects to educate K-12 students about the wonders of space in addition to the traditional fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Projects include university symposia, high altitude balloon and rocket launches and launch competitions, space days, and astronomy nights. Humanity’s future is in space and SEDS wants to show our nation’s youth that the sky is not the limit and inspire them to dream bigger.

Founded in 1980 by prolific entrepreneurs Peter Diamandis, Bob Richards, and Todd Hawley, SEDS has grown to over 10,000 members worldwide with alumni permeating the public and private space industry. Many of these alums cite their experiences with SEDS as a primary motivator in their success and endeavors in their careers in the space industry. William Pomerantz, Vice President for Special Projects at Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, writes: “Without a doubt, I owe my career in the space industry to joining my local SEDS chapter as a college freshman. I’ve seen SEDS have a similar impact on many other students, and am proud to have hired several SEDS members and alumni. This organization accomplishes a lot with only a little in the way of resources, and I’m confident they could really scale up.”

To help SEDS enhance their projects and reach to educate and inspire K-12 students across America about space and STEM, visit their page on Give For Youth (http://www.giveforyouth.org/projects/seds/) until March 27th. Your support for their projects will have double the impact with the help of Microsoft and will mean the universe to young students everywhere.

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 Pushes for Further Space Exploration After Curiosity Discovery

March 15, 2013 in Press Releases by Hannah Kerner

On February 8, 2013, the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity collected its first rock sample of the Martian soil – the first time in history that a man-made robot to drilled into the surface of another planet. Chemical analysis of the rock powder seems to provide an answer to the fundamental question of whether this planet could ever have supported a habitable environment. According to the lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, Michael Meyer, “From what we know now, the answer is yes.”

The rover had long been scouting out a drilling location on Mars that would be a likely candidate for previous habitation, finally deciding on a spot very near where it had earlier found an ancient streambed in the Gale Crater. In contrast to the highly oxidized and acidic material constituting much of the Martian surface, this rock sample is made of a fine-grained mudstone containing clay minerals, a product of interaction between fresh water and igneous rock. Analysis by the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument aboard Curiosity revealed what principal investigator Paul Mahaffy calls an “impressive range of chemical ingredients” indicative of a “possible chemical energy source for micro-organisms.” This is certainly grounds for excitement about a once-habitable Red Planet and subsequent drillings will be conducted to confirm these results, though not until May.

This discovery not only demonstrates humanity’s need for the continuation and enhancement of exploration missions, but also humanity’s desire for such endeavors in space. Excitement over the question of habitation on Mars, and Curiosity’s answer, has surpassed the scientific community and permeated all circles of society and culture internationally. Humanity has seen what one robotic rover can discover when sent to Mars — the time has come to see what humanity can discover when sent to Mars.

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 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

SEDS Executive Board At-Large Seat Position Vacancy

December 9, 2012 in News by SEDS Chair

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space currently has a vacancy on the Executive Board for an At-Large position. A description of the role is posted below.

To be eligible to hold a national position you must be a student member of a SEDS chapter in good standing (If you are not sure if your chapter is in good standing please email our Director of Chapter affairs at chapter-affairs@seds.org)

Instatement of New Officer

The Elected candidate will be instated at the close of business on the day the CoC finalizes approval. The current officers will help bring the incoming officers up to speed with everything that they have been doing.

Election Procedure and Timeline

  • January 5th – Tentative Candidate Platform Deadline For those interested in running for the position you must submit a platform ASAP. Platforms must be submitted via the below form to elections@seds.org. They will be posted online on seds.org for chapters to review prior to the January Council of Chapter Meeting where Chapter Representatives will elect the At-Large member. All platforms should be submitted as soon as possible, the application submissions will close two weeks after the first application is recieved per the SEDS by-laws for extended elections.

Role and Responsibilities of SEDS USA Board Member

At Large Board Members

At large Board members shall be responsible for promoting SEDS-USA, participating in activities of the organization, assisting with fundraising efforts lead by the Vice Chair, being actively engaged with the strategic planning process of SEDS-USA, serving as a Board Liaison on any committee assigned, and serving as oversight on the SEDS-USA organization as part of their Board role.


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2012 -2013 Executive Board Elected at SpaceVision 2012

November 18, 2012 in News by SEDS Projects

Sunday, November 11th at the SpaceVision 2012 conference 16 chapters voted to elect the following members to the SEDS-USA executive board for the 2012-2013 session:

  • Chair: Michael Zwach
  • Vice-Chair: Kaizad Raimalwala
  • Treasurer: Andrew Dianetti
  • Chapter Affairs Director: Emily Metivier
  • At-Large: Derek Naperiela
  • Secretary: Mary Magilligan

Thank you to every candidate who ran for positions and to all the chapters who voted for the 2012 SEDS board.  Also thank you to the University of Buffalo for putting together an amazing and conference.  The leaders of SEDS-USA will be transitioning into these positions over the next few weeks and you can always continue to use the e-mail information on the website to contact us.

Active SEDS Members interested in working with the executive board and on national boards please submit an application at: http://seds.org/seds/staff/apply-now/ ; Applications will be reviewed by a appointee committee followed by the Executive Director. Please anticipate a response in 1-3 weeks time for this process.  Applications are encouraged for traditional roles served by Board of Directors members and the application allows for new positions to be proposed. All whom have a vision for a particular SEDS project or position are encouraged to apply!

 

Student NewSpace Business Plan Competition 2012 – Event Summary

November 17, 2012 in Featured, News, Press Releases by SEDS Projects

The Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) and the Students for the Exploration & Development of Space (SEDS) successfully hosted the 2nd annual Student NewSpace Business Plan Competition at SpaceVision on November 10th at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Buffalo, NY. SpaceVision is an annual conference organized by SEDS-USA, attracting large numbers of students, professionals and enthusiasts from around the country.

Five teams from universities across the country presented their business cases at the competition to vie for the grand prize. The teams came from Iowa State University, University of Alabama in Huntsville, University at Buffalo, University of Central Florida, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Collectively, the ideas from these teams represented a wide range of areas within the space sector.

The teams were judged by a panel of five experts who have had several years of experience in space entrepreneurship and industry. They provided a rigorous evaluation of the competing proposals and challenged the participants to critically think about their business cases. This not only allowed students to gain real-world exposure in matters of entrepreneurship but encouraged them to pursue it further and realize the benefits of being at the forefront of the NewSpace movement by starting a space-scalable business.

At the end of a tough contest, the judges decided to award the grand prize of $1000 to Interplanetary Reactions headed by Joe Moellers of Iowa State University and the second place to iSPI (Satellites for Public Intelligence) led by Joseph Pace of University at Buffalo. Team summaries are provided below. The second place prize was free registration for team participants to the NewSpace conference in July 2013.

SEDS and SFF hope to continue this great competition into its third year with the goal of inspiring innovation and the generation of new business ideas. Recognized for its unique ability to provide space enthusiasts with real-world entrepreneurship experience, the Student Newspace Business Plan Competition was ranked 9th out of 40 prestigious business plan competitions that “every entrepreneur should know about” by OnlineMBA.com, a website dedicated to providing resources to students who wish to pursue MBA degrees online.
Interplanetary Reactions

Interplanetary Reactions is a pre-start-up company that will research high-efficiency chemical cycles for applications in energy generation and water purification. We hope to reduce the risk of entry in to the space industry by focusing on the development of technologies which have both Earth-based and space-based applications. Once our company starts generating revenue we will begin translating our work into space-based, microgravity capable systems for processing raw or waste materials into intermediate (carbon monoxide/carbon dioxide, and hydrocarbons) and final products (hydrogen, oxygen, and potable water) for the production of fuel cell reagents and life support consumables. Our mission is to accelerate the opening of the space frontier through developing solutions for the key problems which hinder spaceflight beyond low Earth orbit.

 

iSPI

This company strives to make space accessible to the general public and inspire interest in the universe and space technologies for generations to come. We will deploy multiple semi-open-source small satellites with imaging capabilities in low-earth orbit for general public use. Each satellite will have a gimbaled camera and low-power telescope which can be manipulated remotely from the ground station. We will sell camera and telescope usage to the general public. Customers will be able to buy time slots of camera and telescope manipulation and will be able to directly alter the pointing directions of the camera and telescope. Our customers will be able to come to our headquarters to have full access to the satellite controls, or will be able to control the satellites from user-friendly software from their personal computers or smartphones. The user-friendly software will integrate GPS information with satellite position to enable customers to point the satellite’s camera and sensors to a desired location – essentially the customers will see the satellite’s location on live 3-D map and be able to select any viewing location within the satellite’s immediate range of view. Our satellites will be used by anyone in the general public – including schools, students, and space enthusiasts, increasing the accessibility of space and promoting space exploration.

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2012 NewSpace Student Business Plan Competition Announced!

September 17, 2012 in News, Press Releases by SEDS Projects

Space Frontier Foundation and Students for the Exploration & Development of Space

Present NewSpace Student Business Plan Competition

 The Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) and the Students for the Exploration & Development of Space (SEDS) are proud to announce the 2nd annual Student NewSpace Business Plan Competition, taking place at SpaceVision on November 10th at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Buffalo, NY. 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 is a cash award of $1000 and the second place team will be provided registration for attendance at the NewSpace 2013 Conference.

For more information on rules, procedures and deadlines, visit the competition website:

http://spacefrontier.org/projects/seds/student_bpc/

The First deadline is for the ‘Statement of Intent, which can be found on the above website or here:

 

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 Information: 

Contact Person: Michael Zwach
Organization: Students for the Exploration & Development of Space
Telephone Number:(719) 331-9104
Email: projects@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