SEDS 2011-12 Board Announcement

October 30, 2011 in News by SEDS Chair

This Saturday at the SpaceVision 2011 conference in Boulder, Colorado, 21 chapters voted to elect the following students to the SEDS-USA board during the 2011-12 year to represent their best interests: Continue reading “SEDS 2011-12 Board Announcement” »

Reflection on NASA Human Spaceflight Meeting

September 22, 2011 in News by SEDS Chair

The House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology hosted one of the most exciting hearings in recent times on September 22nd, featuring great thoughts from Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan, Dr. Maria Zuber, and Dr. Michael Griffin.

It was very exciting to see so many great minds on one panel answering the questions of congress. It was also good to hear so many of those in attendance express the need for goals for future space exploration to help inspire students around the country and around the world. While some of those present disagree on just how it should be accomplished, all of the representatives and guests shared the belief that NASA’s mission to explore space should be strongly supported in future congressional budgeting.

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SEDS Chair Sends Message to Armstrong

September 21, 2011 in Featured, News by SEDS Chair

Yesterday, Rick Hanton, the chairman of SEDS-USA sent the letter written to congress last March to Neil Armstrong, first man to set foot on the moon. Neil has been called to testify before congress about the future of NASA and American Space Exploration.

SEDS-USA sought to give Neil a student perspective on our future in space and hopes that he will show support for both long-time NASA contractors as well as new and innovative start-up companies in his testimony tomorrow.

SEDS Armstrong Cover Letter

Click here for the rest of the March letter and to sign the letter alongside 300 other students.

SpaceVision Registration Now Open

August 7, 2011 in News by SEDS Chair

Registration for SpaceVision 2011 in Boulder, Colorado is now open. Early registration will last for a limited time only, after which rates will increase.

SpaceVision will be held at the Millenium Hotel and Conference Center in Boulder this October 27-30. SpaceVision 2011 will focus on the effect the aerospace industry will have on our futures regarding government policy, entrepreneurship, and sciences. Speakers include Bill Nye, Mark Sirangelo of Sierra Nevada, William Pomerantz of Virgin Galactic, and Robert Richards, one of the co-founders of SEDS. Continue reading “SpaceVision Registration Now Open” »

SEDS Students Meet Up at #EndlessBBQ

July 12, 2011 in Featured, News by SEDS Chair

Many SEDS-USA students had the lucky opportunity to attend the launch of the final Space Shuttle flight, STS-135 in Florida last week.  Among them were students from the University of Arizona, University of Central Florida (UCF), Texas A&M, University at Buffalo, University of Colorado, Iowa State University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Many of these students were able to meet up after the launch at the #EndlessBBQ hosted by @flyingjenny and @apacheman. Thanks to all those who came to celebrate the launch and to those students back home who watched on NASA TV.

Former Chair Joshua Nelson talks to about SEDS

June 24, 2011 in News by SEDS Chair

Check out this awesome interview that our friends at the great website did with Joshua Nelson, the former chairman of SEDS-USA. Also watch part 1 of the interview at to learn more about the International Space University.

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Lots of Great Places to Visit this Summer!

May 30, 2011 in News by SEDS Chair

Remember that there are tons of awesome space and science related sites around the country that you can go visit this summer. Hopefully this map, made by SEDS student Kyle Stevens can once again help you find an interesting adventure. We hope that you may be able to travel and join other SEDS students at the SFF NewSpace conference this summer and/or the last space shuttle launch of STS-135!
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Enter the We-Are-Space video competition

May 20, 2011 in News by SEDS Chair

How will emerging low-cost access to space transform both the role of government space agencies and the lives of ordinary citizens?

That is the question asked to participants in the Space Frontier Foundation and We-Are-Space video competition being run in partnership with SEDS-USA.  If you have a great 2-3 minute answer that you can turn into a stellar video, you have a chance to win the $1,000 grand prize!  Enter your video by June 7, 2011.

The videos will be judged by a panel consisting of SEDS Executive board members, SFF representatives and other members of the space
community to be announced at a later date. First prize is $1,000.00 provided by the Space Frontier Foundation. For more information, deadlines and the official rules please visit Any questions can be sent to or Make a video and share your view on the future of space with the world. Good luck!

For a brief introduction to the competition, watch the brief video below from Sara Meschberger of SEDS.

Boston University SEDS – Chapter Update 4/30/11

April 30, 2011 in Chapter Updates by SEDS BU

SEDS at Boston University has gotten off to a great start with our new executive board for 2011-2012!

The most significant recent event has been a joint project between BU SEDS and BU AIAA. We are currently developing a weather balloon satellite which will be launched hopefully sometime in May 2011 up to an altitude of 106,000 feet. It will carry sensors measuring altitude, humidity, temperature, acceleration, GPS location and other variables as well as a GoPro high-definition video camera. There will also be a special payload on board, (no wheel of cheese here.) BU SEDS and AIAA hope to further develop this project into a low-cost and reliable platform for high-altitude atmospheric research available to BU faculty and students. The project is primarily funded by BU Student Activities Office.

Our regular meetings have concluded for the semester to allow members to prepare for finals, but our new President, Kevin Zagorski BU ’12, and new Vice President, Emily Metivier BU ’13, are getting ready to go to ISDC in a few weeks. We hope to see some of you there!

SEDS Presents Letter from Students on Future of Human Spaceflight

March 31, 2011 in News by SEDS Chair

Commercial SpaceAt 3:30pm EST today, SEDS-USA Chairman Rick Hanton sent our a letter to many congressional staffers, the white house, and a variety of media outlets from over 250 students stating their belief in the promise of commercial spaceflight in the United States.

This letter was started as an initiative by a few SEDS students with some help from some of our distinguished alumni to present an actual “student view” on this aspect of the future of space travel to politicians in Washington D.C.  The letter was organized and sent out by students from SEDS, but represented the views of students at both universities with SEDS chapters and universities without chapters that wanted to make their voice heard in the conversation about commercial spaceflight on capitol hill.

If you are a student who did not already sign this letter, we invite you to take a look at what we have written and sign to show your support if you agree with the points we have made.
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