SEDS USA Competitions and Presentations

SEDS USA has a membership of about 1,500 graduate and undergraduate students at 48 universities across the United States. SSPI began work with SEDS USA in 2014 with our first panel session at their annual SpaceVision conference, and the partnership has expanded with each succeeding year.

 

2018 Competition: Designing the Robotic Space Tug?

As we begin to open up space to new opportunities, from new orbits to new applications, both commercial and government organizations are exploring the creation of a new orbital vehicle. In 2018, we challenge students to envision a multi-purpose space tug designed to operate in Earth orbit and cislunar space by defining its service requirements, markets to be served, and technical capabilities, together with an estimation of deployment and operating costs. MORE

 

2017 Competition: Connecting the Space Economy

Commercial satellite operators are already thinking about designs for communications satellites that not only point their antennas down at Earth but upward to support future communication requirements of the Space Economy.  In 2017, we challenge students to determine what communication capability will be needed to support operations in Earth orbit and far beyond, how much can existing technology contribute and what technology advances may be required, and what will it cost to create a basic network capability and see it deployed. MORE

 

2016 Competition: Solving the Space Solar Power Puzzle

In 2016, we challenge student teams to identify current and future advances in launch systems, small sats, lunar or asteroid mining, space assembly and manufacturing, optical communication and other fields that will make it possible to place solar power generating satellites into GEO orbit, as well as physical, safety and regulatory obstacles that such a system will need to overcome in transmitting that power to the Earth’s surface. MORE
 

2015 Competition: Satellites Around Mars

SSPI Mentors coach and evaluate student teams exploring the feasibility of launching two communications satellites into Mars orbit to provide communications between the Martian surface and Earth. MORE
 

Mentoring Students at SpaceVision

SSPI organizes panel sessions at each SpaceVision conference where students learn about the size, scope and pioneering technology of the satellite industry, and get hands-on advice on resumes, job interviews and the hiring process. Our panelists have included:

  • Grace Polhemus, HR Manager
  • Lorie Booth, Senior Manager, Mission Operations, and Michael Mosier, HR Generalist, DigitalGlobe
  • Joe Amor, General Manager, Microspace Communications
  • Cornelia Naumof, HR Manager Americas, and Zak Wilcox, Network Operations Center Manager, O3B Networks
  • Paul Unger, President, NBS Search
  • Edward Ashford, President, Ashford Consulting

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