SEDS-USA is pleased to announce the 2014 University Student Rocketry Challenge. This competition challenges teams to design and launch a high-powered rocket to an altitude of 10,000 feet while carrying a standardized payload. Teams may earn additional points by including a custom payload or propulsion system.
The competition is open to teams of students from any university within the United States, and there is no cost to enter. Teams will be required to submit design and fabrication reports throughout the competition, and will participate in several engineering reviews.
The USRC builds on the success of the national rocketry competition held by SEDS for the past three years, which has seen over 200 students gain hands-on engineering experience. The first place team will receive a prize of $1000.
The votes have been tallied and the winners of our annual holiday postcard contest have been determined! First and foremost, a big thank you to everyone that submitted a design this year! The numbers were close, but our two winners were (drumroll please…):
In first place… The University of Michigan!
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.