Fostering the development of future leaders and contributors in the expanding space industry

SEDS is Founded

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space was founded in 1980 at MIT primarily by Peter Diamandis, Scott Scharfman, Richard Sorkin, Robert D. Richards, and Todd B. Hawley.
Meet the Founders

First National Conference

SEDS continued to host a national conference each year, sometimes in conjunction with the International Space Development Conference through 1997, when the last "SEDS National Conference" was held. Today, to continue the conference legacy, SpaceVision conferences are held each year.
About SpaceVision 2020

Growing SEDS Chapters

As the space industry has grown since its inception, so has the number of SEDS chapters across the United States. Check out our chapters list if there is one at your school or alma mater.
SEDS Chapters List


5000 Students Nationwide

80 Chapters

30 States

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We are a 501(c)3 non-profit
We empower students to make an impact in space exploration
We develop technical and leadership skills in our students
We enable students to attend space conferences
We promote students to enter their careers in industry, academia, and government

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We’d love to hear from you! We can help get you in contact with a local SEDS chapter and tell you how you can get more involved in furthering the space industry.