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.

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

SEDS Mourns Astronaut Neil Armstrong

August 25, 2012 in News, Press Releases by dmpastuf

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2012

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, USA (SEDS) mourns the passing of Dr. Neil Armstrong, the first human to set foot on the moon.  Armstrong passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures according to a statement from his family, and was 82 years old.

“Many Students first learn about Space exploration through the great accomplishments of the past, like Armstrong’s  historic and heroic landing on the Moon.  This was a journey that he himself said only had a 50-50 chance of success” SEDS Executive Board Chairman Dan Pastuf said, “Because of the groundwork Armstrong laid down, young people have been inspired throughout the world to pursue the limits of where we can explore.”

Armstrong joined the Astronaut corps in 1962 as part of “the New Nine”, the second group of Astronauts selected by NASA.  He first flew in space on Gemini 8, which included a rendezvous and docking, the most complex space mission up to that point.  The mission almost resulted in disaster when the Gemini and its docking target began an uncontrolled roll, as a result of a thruster on the Gemini capsule being stuck in the on position.   Armstrong was able to disconnect the vehicles maneuvering system, by shutting down the errant thruster but the vehicle was left almost completely uncontrollable forcing the mission to be shortened.  He returned to space for the historic Apollo 11 flight, taking humanities first steps on another world at Tranquility Base on the Moon on Monday, July 21, 1969.

After his return from the Moon, he announced his intention not to fly in space again.  He was appointed as the Deputy Associate Administrator for aeronautics for what would become the  Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, then retired from both it and NASA in 1971.  He went on to become a professor at the University of Cincinnati, teaching students for over eight years before retiring in 1979.  Armstrong throughout his life was able to act and inspire students.

“Neil Armstrong has always greatly motivated me, and shaped my steps towards my college career,” said Board Member Daniel Zhou, a current student of Armstrong’s Alma Mater, Purdue University, “Today marks a sad day for all Boilermakers in the US, and abroad and across Purdue alumni family. As we all mourn Armstrong’s passing, we must also remember his past achievements and accomplishments. Not only did he pave the way for space exploration for the United States, he will always be a source of inspiration for our generation, and for the generations to come, as we ask ourselves, ‘why explore space?’”

“There are some people that do the ‘impossible’ things and challenge us to go beyond reasonable expectations. Neil Armstrong has not only given us this challenge and inspired us to reach beyond the stars,” SEDS Executive Board Vice Chair Sara Meschberger said, “but he through his life and passion he has given us hope to achieve ‘impossible’ dreams for generations to come.”

Armstrong leaves a legacy of being the first man to step on the face of another world.  NASA and Armstrong’s work is one of the greatest technological accomplishments in the history of mankind.
“While many see the landing of Apollo as the conclusion of the great challenge set in front of us by President Kennedy, it was only the beginning,” Pastuf said “the trailblazing efforts lead by Neil Armstrong and others must be continued as we reach farther into cosmos and return to the Moon and beyond.”

Media Contact: Dan Pastuf
Chairman, SEDS-USA
Phone: (202) 656-7337
Email: chair@seds.org

About SEDS:
The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is the world’s only independent, fully student-run, pro-space nonprofit organization. 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

Remembering Darrell Cain

July 31, 2012 in News, Press Releases by dmpastuf

Today the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space mourn the passing of one of our greatest leaders and alumni, Darrell Cain, after a long fight with cancer. As an MIT SEDS leader, Todd B. Hawley Leadership Award recipient, former SEDS USA Executive Board member, and most importantly a friend, Darrell will be missed by all.

No words could even begin to describe the impact Darrell had on this world. His enthusiasm for life and passion for space influenced countless students and professionals during his 27 years. Darrell was one of the most intelligent people you could meet and put 110% into everything that he did.

Former SEDS USA Chairman Joshua Nelson said, “Darrell was the glue that held us all together. He was the reason people came to meetings, solved their differences, and made each and every one of us know we were part of something special.”

Darrell began his experience in SEDS at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and served as a leader of his chapter throughout his tenure. His efforts with his chapter were vital to the successful re-establishment of the the national organization, the MIT chapter, and the SpaceVision national conferences. He was elected to the position on the board as Director of Chapter Affairs, where he served for a year, re-invigorating the chapters and serving as a catalyst for building new ideas and programs across the country. He continued his work at Stanford University, influencing even more students there.  True to Darrell’s form, even sickness couldn’t prevent him from being actively involved, attending conferences, participating in SEDS-USA discussions and impacting the organization until the very end.

In honor of Darrell’s service and commitment to the next frontier, today we are establishing the Darrell Cain Award of Excellence. This award will honor Darrell, who was able to impact many through his efforts and inspire others to pursue the cause of space exploration. In keeping with Darrell’s efforts, this award will be given each year in memory to an individual whose efforts have served to inspire students to be involved and promote our goal of becoming a spacefaring civilization.

SEDS would like to extend our condolences to the Cain family and offer our support in this time of mourning.

2nd Annual SEDS High-Powered Rocketry Competition Announcement

January 16, 2012 in News, Press Releases by SEDS Projects

SEDS-USA is happy to announce the 2nd annual SEDS High-Powered Rocketry Competition.  The goal of this competition is to design, construct, and launch a high-powered rocket carrying a minimum .5 kg payload to a height of 3050 meters (10,000 feet) above ground level, as measured by a standard altimeter.  A design report will be due to the Competition Coordinator at the beginning of April and all teams must launch and submit final documentation by July 30th, 2012.  The winning chapters will be announced at SpaceVision 2012.

Rules

  1. This competition is open to participation at no cost to Students for the Exploration and Development of Space USA chapters. If non-SEDS USA chapter student groups or organizations wish to participate in the competition, a $20 entry fee is required. Contact projects@seds.org for details.
  2. All designs must use our new standard altimeter, the PerfectFlite Stratologger. The altimeter needs to be tested prior to installation to ensure it is working condition, with documentation submitted to the Competition Coordinator for confirmation. NOTE: The PerfectFlite MAWD is no longer in production which lead to the change in altimeter.
  3. All rockets must not exceed a maximum total impulse of 5,120 Newton-seconds (maximum motor size of Class L). All rockets must carry a payload of at least .5 kilograms in order to be judged.
  4. Scoring:
    1. Launches at or above the 3050 meter goal
      1. All teams achieving the set goal of 3050 meters will receive 10 points.
      2. At completion of the active portion of the competition, total rocket masses will be compiled into a descending list by mass. Starting with the heaviest qualifying rocket (receiving 0 points for weight), each successively lighter rocket down the list will receive an additional point (ie, the 6th heaviest rocket will receive an additional five points added its score)
      3. 2 additional points will be granted for any team that includes a launch camera as part of their payload. This camera must successfully record footage for the majority of the flight
      4. Up to 8 additional points may be awarded for unique payload data acquisition (2 points awarded per sensor, data must be included in final documentation).  Possible payload sensors may include: GPS, gyro, pressure, temperature, relative humidity, solar irradiance and ultra-violet radiation sensors.
    2. Launches below the 3050 meter goal
      1. For launches failing to make the 3050 meter goal, a score out of 10 points will be granted based on the ratio of the altitude achieved to the maximum altitude, rounded to the nearest second decimal (ie, a 2000 meter launch will result in a score of 6.56 points).
    3. Final scores from the three categories will be collated and used to determine the final standings and winner of the competition.
    4. In order to compensate for the effects of launches at high-altitude launch sites, .0002 times your launch altitude in feet will be subtracted from your score. This offsets the much reduced engine/ vehicle mass necessary to achieve the 10,000-feet above ground level target height at these higher altitudes.
  5. All “competition” launches will be conducted locally by the build team. However, a representative from a competing team must be present at the launch to confirm fair practice.
    1. If no competing team members are capable of attending the launch, stand-in representatives from other nearby SEDS chapters, SEDS affiliates, or industry members can be discussed with the Competition Coordinator if notified at least a month prior to launch.
    2. In the case of a previously indicated representative not attending the arranged launch day, the Competition Coordinator must be contacted immediately in order to discuss emergency representative selection.
    3. Note: An acceptable alternative to having another team representative visit, as well as an acceptable alternative to having to go through much of the necessary launch paperwork, is to coordinate with a local Tripoli/ NAR chapter and launch on one of their launch days. A member of these organizations can act as an independent judicator on your launch if the Competition Coordinator is contacted a month prior.
    4. Note: SEDS-USA highly encourages chapters to perform regional launches together. This reduces the amount of paper work and traveling for everyone involved, and is a lot more fun!
  6. All launches must be performed entirely through rocketry; no specialty launch systems (ie, Rockoon, projectile launching) are permitted.
  7. All rockets must be successfully recovered with minimal damage. Successful recovery much be documented by the team and the competing team representative.
  8. All teams seeking to participate must contact the Competition Coordinator to indicate their interest by March 9th, 2012.  A design report will be due on April 6th, 2012.  These deadlines are firm to allow teams ample time to build and launch their rockets before the final documentation due date  of July 30th, 2012.
    1. The design report should consist of the team’s rocket design, how they plan to build the rocket, and a flight plan. Information should include components, anticipated performance, assembly steps, CAD model, as well as at least two possible launch: sites, representatives, and dates.
    2. All teams must record (via digital video camera) and/or photograph the design and construction of their vehicle, as well as its launch which should be submitted with final documentation.
    3. Launch dates, representative identities, as well as launch results / finalized altimeter and weight information must be submitted to the Competition Coordinator as soon as possible after they have been acquired.
  9. All teams and launches must abide by local laws and FAA regulations for unmanned rocket launches. Safety must take the highest priority in launch preparations. Local laws must be researched by participating groups.  The National Association of Rocketry has a list of FAA regulations that you may wish to read thoroughly.
    1. Notable FAA Regulations
      1. Proper notification to the nearest FAA ATC facility must be performed no less than 24 hours prior to launch.
      2. For all FAA Class-2 Launches, authorization for launch must be applied for at least 45 days prior to launch.
      3. No launches when clouds or other obscuring phenomena of more than five tenths coverage prevails, where horizontal visibility would be less than five miles during launch
      4. No operation of rockets in clouds, or between sunset and sunrise
      5. No operations within 8 miles of any airport boundary without prior FAA authorization
      6. Reasonable fire-prevention / control precautions must be taken
    2. Notable BATFE Regulations
      1. You can purchase any APCP motor or reload kit without a BATFE permit.
      2. Though nearly all ammonium perchlorate composite rocket motors are unregulated, some items commonly used in high powered rocketry are regulated by the BATFE. These include igniters (this includes electric matches), igniter cord (the now very hard to find thermalite), and black powder (for separation charges).
      3. Black powder is generally easy to buy, BUT if you run afoul of the law with a can of BP in your car you could be charged with illegal transport of explosives.  An alternative to Black Pyrodex and other Black Powder Substitutes are often used in rockets, as they are classified under smokeless powder regulations as opposed to Black powder regulations.
      4. Federal law prohibits transportation of explosives by anyone other than an BATFE permittee/licensee. (With an exception for commercial transport via common carriers like FedEx)
      5. You can apply for an BATFE permit to store regulated explosives in a magazine locally. This process and instructions are available at http://www.atf.gov/
      6. An easy way to avoid BATFE issues is to participate in a rocket launch supported by an BATFE-regulated rocket motor vendor. The vendor is normally able to drive motors and igniters to the launch for you to buy on site and use on site at the launch in your rocket.
  10. It is strongly encouraged that competing teams compile rocket build, launch and analysis data into a formal report that includes: all launch details, rocket weight readings, altimeter heights, rocket launch witness verifications and other documentation.  The Competition Coordinator reserves the right to award up to an additional 2 points for adhering to a formal documentation process.
  11. Launch data must be submitted to the Competition Coordinator by July 30th, 2012 in order to be judged. Winners will be announced November 11th, 2012 at SpaceVision 2012.  It is encouraged that competing teams attend SpaceVision 2012 but teams that will not be able to attend should contact the Competition Coordinator.
  12. Information on prizes will be made available ASAP but may include: tickets to a luncheon event with VIPs at SpaceVision 2012, free registration to a space conference of your choosing (SpaceVision, International Space Development Conference (ISDC), NewSpace, or SpaceUp), discounts on future rocket parts, t-shirts or other chapter awards.

Competition CoordinatorMichael Zwach, Director of National Projects

 

Legal Disclaimer: The legal points outlined here are guidelines, and are not intended to be a comprehensive description of the laws surrounding rockery.  High power rocketry is a dangerous sport if done incorrectly, and you, the launcher, are responsible for all state, federal, and local rules surrounding the launching of rockets.  SEDS-USA  is not responsible for any damage or loss.  Use your head, SAFETY FIRST.

 

Well Wishes for Representative Giffords

January 26, 2011 in Press Releases by SEDS Webmaster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2011

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space USA would like to express the relief of many of our members to hear on Saturday, January 8 that Representative Gabrielle Giffords had survived an attempt on her life in Tucson, Arizona.  In recent weeks we have been excited to hear the enormous progress she has made on the road to recovery from her injuries.  We would like to wish the best to her and her family as they recover from this tragedy in coming weeks and months. Continue reading “Well Wishes for Representative Giffords” »

SEDS-USA Announces Winners of Youtube Contest and Yearly Awards

December 1, 2010 in Press Releases by SEDS Webmaster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2010
University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space USA (SEDS-USA) announced the winners of various awards at their national conference recently. Continue reading “SEDS-USA Announces Winners of Youtube Contest and Yearly Awards” »

SEDS Announces New Executive Board

November 9, 2010 in Press Releases by SEDS Webmaster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9th, 2010
University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.

During the final day of the 2010 Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS-USA) SpaceVision conference at the University of Illinois, representatives from SEDS chapters across the country voted to appoint twelve new board members to lead the national student organization for the 2010-2011 term.

SEDS-USA welcomes back board members Rick Hanton, Sara Meschberger, Dave Holewka, David DeBoth, and Josh Sosa. They will be joined by new board members Dan Pastuf, Hallie Gengl, Christopher Ogden, Zach Liquiorman, Mike Lotto, Dina Cavicchia, and Anna Ho.

The new executive board team pledges to continue SEDS’ mission of space education while looking towards expanding our organization. We hope to continue working with our many partner organizations to support each other, obtain increased funding for the SEDS-USA endowment fund, and manage a series of competitions for students and young professionals in the coming year.

Representatives also voted for the 2011 yearly SEDS-USA national SpaceVision conference to be hosted by the University of Colorado at Boulder chapter of SEDS-USA, located in Boulder, Colorado. The board congratulates the University of Colorado students on their successful submission and will look forward to that conference in November 2011.

The 2010-2011 Directors of SEDS-USA:

  • Chair – Rick Hanton (Senior in computer engineering at Iowa State University)
  • Vice Chair – Sara Meschberger (Junior in communications and linguistics at the University of Arizona)
  • Chapter Affairs – Dan Pastuf ( Senior in aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University at Buffalo)
  • Chapter Expansion – Hallie Gengl (Junior in earth and space exploration and climatology at Arizona State University)
  • Finance – Christopher Ogden (Senior in business administration at the University at Buffalo)
  • Publications – Dave Holewka (Junior in aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University at Buffalo)
  • Projects – David DeBoth (Senior in physics and space science at the Florida Institute of Technology)
  • Webmaster – Josh Sosa (Senior in computer science at the University of Arizona)
  • Public Outreach – Zach Liquorman (Junior in philosophy at University at Buffalo)
  • Secretary – Mike Lotto (Sophmore in aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder)
  • Educational Outreach – Dina Cavicchia (Senior in physics education at the University of Central Florida)
  • High School Affairs – Anna Ho (Freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Media Contact:

Richard Hanton
Chairman, SEDS-USA
Phone: (651) 747-5864
Email: chair@seds.org

About SEDS:

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is the world’s only independent, fully student-run, pro-space organization. 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 25 student chapters across the United States, hosts the largest student run space conference in the world, 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 Congratulates SpaceX on a Successful First Test Launch of the Falcon 9

June 6, 2010 in Press Releases by SEDS Webmaster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6th, 2010
Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Congratulations to SpaceX on a Successful First Launch of the Falcon 9 Rocket

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) would like to congratulate Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) on the successful first test launch of their Falcon 9 rocket, which is one of multiple vehicles in the space industry poised to be a game-changer in the commercial orbital transportation business. Though SEDS students work at or seek to work at businesses across the space industry, from NASA to Boeing to SpaceX, we support all major milestones for new flight systems that seek to make space cheaper and more open to human growth and exploration.

Flights like this first flight of an orbital test payload are able to provide amazing opportunities for students doing space research at their school or university as well as students graduating and looking for employment in the space industry. SEDS congratulates groups like the University of Texas Health Science Center that already have won a ride for their experiments aboard the SpaceX DragonLab spacecraft and encourages other students to generate similar research that can be successfully flown as orbital launch costs drop. It is great to hear that the public around the world is paying attention to space industry start-ups like SpaceX. “For those of us that watched the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch, it was apparent that people are interested to know what will come after shuttle and if new companies like SpaceX can succeed.” said SEDS Director of Expansion Rick Hanton. “This flight was a valid first step in proving that relatively small companies like SpaceX can compete with incumbents like Boeing and Lockheed Martin for some missions, which will be beneficial for NASA and the entire industry in the long run.”

SEDS would also like to thank SpaceX founder Elon Musk for his continuing support of our organization’s development and his work to hire not just the most experienced employees, but also to hire young motivated students for positions where they can make a difference in the future of spaceflight. Our students seek to make the future of spaceflight a reality in coming years and once again convince the world to look beyond our planet to the mysteries and possibilities of space travel and space development.

Media Contact:
Joshua V. Nelson
Chairman, SEDS-USA
Phone: (203) 610-3378
Email: chair@seds.org

About SEDS:

The Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is the world’s only independent, fully student-run, pro-space organization. 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 25 student chapters across the United States, hosts the largest student run space conference in the world, 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