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Students for the Exploration and Development of Space at Arizona State University (SEDS ASU) is a chapter of the national SEDS organization. We are a group of students dedicating to being active in the space industry, because we believe in enabling humankind to become a space-faring civilization. We do this through engineering projects and outreach events.
Engineering projects allow us to develop our skills in creating certain technologies. Our three primary on-going projects are high-powered rocketry, robotics, and high-altitude balloons. We have a team building a high-powered rocket to compete in the 2nd Annual SEDS National Rocket Competition, which our chapter won last year. Our team ASU Lunabotics is developing a lunar mining rover to compete in the 3rd Annual NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition in May 2012 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SEDS ASU is also in charge of the ASU ASCEND team, which creates payloads to go on high-altitude weather balloons to do science in the upper stratosphere.
We also highly value outreach events, because in order for the exploration and development of space to continue, it is important that youth are excited and interested in space. We accomplish this by going to elementary, middle, and high schools, giving presentations about various space-related topics. Our ASU Lunabotics team has also helped a team of home-school students win the recent FIRST Robotics Competition! In addition to this, we also celebrate world-wide space events, such as World Space Week and Yuri’s Night.