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General Meeting Minutes: December 9, 2013

UB-SEDS Meeting Agenda

Monday, December 9, 2013

 

  1. Project Updates
      1. Educational Outreach 12/8
        1. Next event won’t be until next semester
      2. Rocketry competition
        1. Starting to work on initial designs
        2. E-mail Matt Barker for more information (matt.barker@ubseds.org)
  2. Excelis Tour
    1. Going next semester, still can email me if you want to go
  3. Antares Rocket Launch
    1. December 18th in Virginia (on a Wednesday)
    2. Driving down in SA van, 70$/night hotel
    3. If the rocket does not launch on Wednesday, we may stay for a little longer to see the rocket launch. We will HAVE to be back by the 19th.
    4. If you are interested in going, contact Andrew Dianetti
  4. End-of-the-year-Party! (?)
    1. We will take some pictures to submit to the SEDS-USA holiday postcard competition.
    2. Dress Festive!!
    3. More info coming soon
  5. Battle Bots!!
    1. We will begin working on the bot over winter break. If you know that you are going to be in area, and want to work on the bot e-mail Catie Bonga (catie.bonga@ubseds.org) to be added to the listserv.
    2. If you are not going to be here, but are still interested, also e-mail Catie Bonga to be put on the listserv
  6. ASX
    1. Waiting for more information
  7. Space News?

 

General Meeting Minutes: December 2, 2013

UB-SEDS Meeting Agenda

Monday, December 2, 2013

 

1.   Project Updates

                                          i.    Rocketry Launch (11/29) Review

1.  Pictures on Facebook

                                        ii.    Educational Outreach 12/8, meet outside Jarvis at 10:15 am

1.  Last Outreach event for the semester

2.   Excelis Tour

a.    Going next semester, see email sent today

b.   Need a passport to make it easier

c.    If you are interested in attending, e-mail Steven Coffed by 12/6

d.   When you e-mail Steven include if you have a passport and your citezenship

3.    Antares Rocket Launch

a.    December 17th in Virginia (on a Tuesday)

b.   Driving down in SA van, 70$/night hotel

c.    If the rocket does not launch on Tuesday, we may stay for a little longer to see the rocket launch.  Make sure Steven knows if you are or are not able to stay.

d.   If you are interested in attending, e-mail Steven Coffed by 12/6

4.   SARPA

a.    Kerbal Space Program at 7:00 PM December 2nd (TONIGHT!) in the Student Union Lobby

5.   Space News

a.    ISON survived?

                                           i.    http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/stories/comet-ison-gets-roasted-by-the-sun-but-did-it-survive

b.   Delivery of the future?

                                           i.    http://money.cnn.com/2013/12/01/technology/amazon-drone-delivery/

c.    SpaceX launch Scrub

                                           i.    http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/38410engine-inspection-on-tap-after-spacex-scrubs-thanksgiving-launch

General Meeting Minutes: November 25, 2013

UB-SEDS Meeting Agenda

Monday, November 25, 2013

 

1.   Project Updates

a.    Rocketry:

                                          i.    Next Launch this Friday

                                        ii.    Going: Sab, Mary, Lisa Ray, Prof. DesJardin (plus wife and kids), myself

                                      iii.    Maybe: Andrew

                                       iv.    Driving: Prof. DesJardin, Myself

                                         v.    Maybe: Andrew

                                       vi.    I cannot take anyone else. If someone wants to go, they must find a way up themselves. I sent out multiple emails reminding you if you wanted to go you must do so by last night so there is no excuse if you wanted to go and you did not email

b.   Educational Outreach

                                          i.    December 8th

                                        ii.    Meet out in front of Jarvis at 10:15, the event will go from 11-2

2.   Minotaur Rocket Launch

a.    Last Tuesday (November 19th, 2013)

3.   Excelis Tour

a.    Going next semester, still working on a date

b.   Need a passport to make it easier

4.    Antares Rocket Launch

a.    December 15th in Virginia (on a Sunday)

b.   Rent an SA van and drive down

5.    Nova Articles

a.    Recently published article written by Nick and Andrew!

b.   Anyone can write an article about anything space related to be published in Nova

c.    nova.seds.org

6.   SpaceX Falcon 9 GEO Transfer Mission

7.   Sarpa

a.    Kerbal Space Program at 7:00 PM December 2nd

UB-SEDS Meeting Agenda

Monday, November 25, 2013

 

1.   Project Updates

a.    Rocketry:

                                          i.    Next Launch this Friday

                                        ii.    Going: Sab, Mary, Lisa Ray, Prof. DesJardin (plus wife and kids), myself

                                      iii.    Maybe: Andrew

                                       iv.    Driving: Prof. DesJardin, Myself

                                         v.    Maybe: Andrew

                                       vi.    I cannot take anyone else. If someone wants to go, they must find a way up themselves. I sent out multiple emails reminding you if you wanted to go you must do so by last night so there is no excuse if you wanted to go and you did not email

b.   Educational Outreach

                                          i.    December 8th

                                        ii.    Meet out in front of Jarvis at 10:15, the event will go from 11-2

2.   Minotaur Rocket Launch

a.    Last Tuesday (November 19th, 2013)

3.   Excelis Tour

a.    Going next semester, still working on a date

b.   Need a passport to make it easier

4.    Antares Rocket Launch

a.    December 15th in Virginia (on a Sunday)

b.   Rent an SA van and drive down

5.    Nova Articles

a.    Recently published article written by Nick and Andrew!

b.   Anyone can write an article about anything space related to be published in Nova

c.    nova.seds.org

6.   SpaceX Falcon 9 GEO Transfer Mission

7.   Sarpa

a.    Kerbal Space Program at 7:00 PM December 2nd

UB-SEDS at SpaceVision 2013

Arizone State University

Arizone State University, host of SpaceVision 2013

For students at the University at Buffalo, November is a foreboding time. The days are cold and windy, the sun is usually hidden behind clouds, and snow starts to blanket everything.

That’s why when Phoenix, Arizona greeted us with sun and 85° weather, it seemed like paradise on Earth. The building shown here is the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB 4). This building, along with Armstrong Hall just across the road, was the center of SpaceVision 2013.

Bill Nye the Science Guy

Bill Nye

The opening keynote for SpaceVision was an inspirational and often amusing speech by Bill Nye (The Science Guy). The talks that followed throughout the weekend covered topics as practical as what it takes to be a successful engineer in industry, to topics as theoretical as faster than light warp drives, with everything in between. Some of the talks on Friday were on how to inspire the public to support space exploration, the current missions on Mars, and commercial spaceflight. Phil Plait—also known as The Bad Astronomer—gave Friday’s closing keynote. Saturday featured panels such as space-based robotics, the economics of space, and how science fiction drives scientific research. The closing day of SpaceVision, Sunday, had talks on space medicine and habitation, and cosmic perspectives.

One of the most popular events was the 3D astronomy show, which took place on Friday with a repeat on Saturday. During this event, the presenters took the room on a guided tour of the universe, starting from the scale of our solar system and going as far out as the Hubble Deep Field. Along the way we saw stars, constellations, and galaxies all shrink down into specks and then disappear. Everyone who attended this event left the room with a profound sense of wonder and perspective.

Not all events that took place over the weekend were restricted to students sitting down and listening to interesting talks. Time was set aside for five finalist teams to present their space based business plan to judges, and there were several groups of students that presented posters and papers from the work they’ve been involved with.

UB-SEDS Business Plan Members

UB-SEDS Business Plan Members

Among the awards, UB-SEDS won Satellite Project of the Year for their project GLADOS, and won first place in the Rocketry Challenge. In addition, UB students won third place for the business plan for “Cyberspace”, a startup which would use a constellation of small, low-cost satellites to provide internet connectivity solutions for other satellite projects (which would make it the solar system’s first space-based ISP!)

The largest and most spectacular event of the weekend was the banquet at the beautiful Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. The dinner featured the Vice President of Special Projects of Virgin Galactic, William Pomerantz, and the president and CEO of Moon Express, Dr. Bob Richards.

UB Members and SEDS-USA BoardAt the banquet, the results of the SEDS elections were announced, with UB-SEDS well represented:

Chair – Hannah Rae Kerner (UNC) – fifth from right

Vice Chair – Jack Lightholder (ASU) –fourth from right

Secretary – Andrew Harris (UB) – far left

Treasurer – John Conafay (ASU) – third from right

Chair of the Council of Chapters – Kristina Monakhova (UB) – second from left

At-Large Board Members: Arjumand Alvi (CSM) and Michael D’Angelo (Stanford) – second from right

General Meeting Minutes: November 18, 2013

 

 

UB-SEDS Meeting Agenda

Monday, November 18, 2013

  1. Project Updates

    1. High Altitude Weather Balloon (In Conjunction with NanoSat)

      1. Working on purchasing parts so that construction can begin

      2. Meetings are at 5:30 on Wednesdays in Bell 250, contact Brian (bbzanson @ gmail.com)

    2. Rocketry

      1. Contact Matt Barker, Meetings are at Wednesdays in Jarvis 338 @ 6:30 PM

      2. Low-Powered Model Rockets (Kevin Duggan) Meetings are Wednesdays in Jarvis 338 @ 8PM

    3. Educational Outreach

      1. The next event will be on Sunday December 8th. We will meet in front of Jarvis at 10:15 and we will be volunteering at the Buffalo Science Museum from 11-2.

    4. NanoSat

    5. Astronomy

      1. ISON Comet

  2. Virgin Galactic Internships : Now Open

  3. Exelis Tour

    1. A defense contractor that does a lot of space related work

    2. There is a possibility to have a tour, there will be an e-mail sent out regarding specifics about the event.

  4. SARPA’s Artemis Night TONIGHT!!!! 7 pm SU Lobby.

  5. Space News

    1. NASA’s MAVEN launch today at 1:28 pm.

      1. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/nasas-maven-bound-mars-today/story?id=20923763

    2. ORS-3 Launch

      1. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=671949729511557&set=a.187360704637131.40118.178186248887910&type=1&ref=nf

  1. Additional information

    1. SEDS USA staff positions are open, you can apply at seds.org

PDF: UB-SEDS Agenda 11-18-13