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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.

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.

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.

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!