Students for the Exploration and Development of Space

SEDS is an independent, student based organization, which promotes the exploration and development of space. The original chapter of SEDS was founded at MIT in 1980 while the Purdue Chapter was established on the 7th of December, 1994. Presently Purdue SEDS has 55 active members. Purdue SEDS believes in a space-faring civilization and that focusing the enthusiasm of young people is the key to our future in space.

In the past 6 months Purdue SEDS has coordinated events such as Spring Space Forum, and is the parent organization of Purdue Fall Space day. At the Spring Space Forum, two prominent members of the aerospace community come together to provide an informative experience for both the Purdue and Lafayette communities. The speakers for spring 2005 were Dr. Dan DeLaurentis and Col. Guy S. Gardner, and currently the spring 2006 event is being planned.

SEDS members are also active in various forms of community outreach. In the summer of 2005 several members arranged space related educational activities for local school children. On the national scene Purdue SEDS recently co-hosted the SEDS national conference with the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. SEDS members from across the country and many representatives from the aerospace community attended the events. In addition to these larger scale events SEDS is the focal point of various smaller social events such as parts of the group attending high-power rocket launches, astronomy nights or early mornings, and outings to space related IMAX movies like Magnificent Desolation.

Purdue SEDS plans to continue its outreach efforts to the local community. Part of promoting the exploration and development of space is ensuring that federal funding for space related programs like NASA continues. One of the main focuses of SEDS in the near future is either a letter writing campaign or some other form of petitioning members of the government for continuing such funding. Purdue SEDS plans to continue its efforts of interesting students in human spaceflight, as well as aiding interested students attempting to bring their ideas for the exploration and development of space into reality.

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