SpaceVision 2012 is here!

SpaceVision 2012 is upon us! This year’s national conference for the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space in Buffalo, NY, will feature speakers who are prominent in the space and aeronautics industry, as well as some exciting presentations and experiences for students from SEDS chapters across the country.
SEDS-ASU will be live-tweeting the entire conference at the Twitter handle @sedsasu, so follow us to be included in some spectacular talks from speakers such as Robert D. Cabana, Director, NASA Kennedy Space Center, and George Nield, Associate Admin., Commercial Space Transportation, FAA (also, find out whether SEDS-ASU has been selected to receive SEDS national awards!). We will also be updating the SEDS-ASU Facebook page, so be sure to “like” us on Facebook.
Don’t forget: SEDS-ASU will hold its weekly chapter meeting on Wednesday, November 7. We will be hearing from Dr. Joe Foy, an Arizona State University alumnus and current professor. He has previously conducted research in space and solar physics at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, and is presently interested in understanding the physics of nebulae pulsar winds. Be sure to join us and brings your friends!

Fall 2012 First Meeting

Well, the first meeting of the fall semester was a success. We saw many new faces and sincerely hope they continue to return.

This is the first time we’ll be doing this, so I’m sure things will smooth out as we continue. But for those who were unable to make the first meeting, we felt it would be a good idea to post a meeting recap here.

This meeting served as an introduction of sorts to SEDS, the officers, and what we have in store for this year. Please look through the power point, and let us know if you have any questions!

SEDS First Meeting PPT

Cady Coleman Visit

Astronaut Dr. Cady Coleman

Today, SEDS had the honor of being invited to a special luncheon sponsored by the Barrett Honors College and TEDx, featuring Astronaut Dr. Cady Coleman.  After being introduced by Barbara Barrett (who has also been trained as an astronaut), she gave a very entertaining and informative talk, regarding life in space during her six-month mission to the International Space Station (ISS) during Expedition 27.

Focusing mainly on the scientific research performed on the ISS, Coleman gave an overview of the various types of research the astronauts do.  From fluid dynamics to combustion, there is quite a bit that goes on in the orbiting laboratory.  She even cited some exciting research being done in collaboration with ASU’s very own Biodesign Institute.  The work being performed on the ISS provides great insight into aspects of nature that cannot be observed under the effects of gravity.  Flames behave differently, and perfect crystals can be grown in the microgravity environment.  Coleman mentioned her favorite experiments to perform involved fluid dynamics, and when she performed certain tasks, such as adding air to the fluid, the fluid did not behave as the scientists back on Earth predicted.  There are many questions still waiting to be solved, thanks to our astronauts on the ISS.

Coleman also shared a fun video of her playing a flute duet with the legendary Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, while she was in space and he was on Earth!  After her talk, she had a Q&A period, and the students attending had the opportunity to ask her their own questions of what it was like to live in space.  She even stayed to meet each of us in person, when all our questions were answered.

This is actually second time SEDS has had the opportunity to meet Cady Coleman.  We were invited to meet her at a similar luncheon two years ago, before her most recent trip to space.  Like last time, she was an overall wonderful person and always a pleasure to meet.  We at SEDS would like to thank Dr. Coleman for visiting ASU once again and sharing with us her spectacular experiences.  We wish her well on all her future endeavors!

SEDS with Cady Coleman and Barbara Barrett on March 1, 2012

Welcome!

Welcome to our brand new website!

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.

We hope you enjoy our new and improved website!  Also, check us out on Facebook and Twitter!  For more information, head to the Contact page.