October 7th Meeting Minutes

Outreach Officer Election

  • Jack Casey elected

World Space Week! Yay!

  • Space: Guiding Your Way

Meet JPL Chief Technology Officer

  • Tom Soderstrom
  • 10-11am Kiva Room in SUMC
  • Tuesday, October 28th
  • RSVP, but look for link through email

Outreach Events

  • Solar Eclipse October 23rd
    • Peaks at 2:45
  • Biosphere II Discovery Nights October 25th
  • Geosciences Saturday Science Academy November 14th
  • Himmel Library November 20th
    • 7-9pm

Flandrau Visit

  • October 21st
  • During regular meeting time
  • Will be doing:
    • Star talk
    • Desert Moon documentary
    • Back to the Moon for Good documentary
    • Laser light show
    • See exhibits
  • $6, bring payments the day of
  • Should take about 2 hours



  • We may have a spot, talk to Carmen or Ryan
    • ASAP!

Coming Up Soon

  • The Art of Planetary Science
    • October 17th, 5-9pm
    • October 18th-19th
      • 1-5pm
    • SEDS Caving
      • November 8th
    • Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo
      • November 1-2

Flagstaff Recap

  • Thanks to drivers and attendees!
  • Look out for pictures on Facebook and website


  • Shirts are ordered!
    • Should be here within two weeks

Space News

  • Blue LED is awarded Nobel Prize for Physics
    • Allowed the invention of LED screens
    • Invented in early 1990s
  • ISS Gets New Room Next Year
    • Bigelow Aerospace is going to launch a module aboard a Dragon capsule to ISS next year

September 30th Meeting Recap



  • ASCEND—We need more people to submit applications. Please fill out an application if you are interested. It’s just basic information.
  • NASA Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunity Program—It turns out the microgravity program is not cancelled. Let Eric know if you are interested in participating. You can watch a video of the flight of the team from 2 years ago.
  • We could use some other project ideas. Be on the lookout.
  • Flagstaff Trip—If you are going on the Flagstaff trip, please note:
    • You must bring a sleeping bag, and you’ll want a pillow too.
    • In addition to a sleeping bag and pillow, don’t bring luggage much bigger than backpack-sized.
    • You must bring warm clothes to sleep in. It will be in the low 40°Fs at night. That sounds really cold, but it will be fine as long as you are prepared.
    • Meet in the loading dock outside the office at 7:30 AM, Saturday morning.
    • Michael is sending out a detailed itinerary. Check your email. Reply with any questions or concerns.
  • Flandrau Club Visit—We will definitely be going on the 21st of Oct. That’s a Tuesday. We will be going during our regular meeting time.
  • There will be an opportunity for SEDS and Space Grant students to meet NASA JPL’s Chief Technology Officer later this month. An email was forwarded by Carmen on the 30th. Please find this email for more details and a link to RSVP.
  • Watch a special about the Canadian Space Program live on YouTube tomorrow, 4:30 PM. Bill Nye and CSA astronaut Jeremy Hanson will be there.
  • Events Coming Up
    • Astronomy Club’s monthly Sabino Canyon Star Party is this Saturday. The Astronomy Club will be out at Sabino Canyon with telescopes. If you’d need a ride, you might be able to get one. Email Carmen to inquire.
    • World Space Week is almost upon us—Oct. 4-10. We will be having a Big Bang Theory marathon/movie night on Friday the 10th. We take some telescopes out at the beginning of the night, if we can find a good spot for them in the midst of family weekend.
    • LPL’s Art of Planetary Science is Oct. 17-19
    • Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo will be Nov. 1-2

Club Business

  • Shirts ordering is imminent. They cost $15. You can pay now or when you receive the shirt. Pay our treasurer Ryan, as usual.
  • We will have an election for UASEDS Outreach Coordinator next Tuesday at the beginning of the regular meeting. All dues paying members are eligible to vote and run for office. If you are running for the position, or cannot attend the meeting but still want to vote, please see the email from Carmen, sent out on the 30th, for more election details.

Chat with UASEDS Alumnus, Optical Hardware Engineer, Amber Luttmann

Unfortunately, Amber had to go to the emergency dentist, and was unable to meet with us. We hope her tooth feels better soon, and that we will be able to reschedule.

September 23rd Meeting Minutes

SpaceVision Poster Session

  • October 31st and November 1st at SpaceVision
  • Abstracts Due Oct. 1st

Bob Richards Scholarship for Peace Through Space

Peter Diamandis Bold Space Entrepreneurship Scholarship

Amber Luttmann, Google Hangout Event

  • Graduated from UA with degree in optical sciences and engineering
  • Now works for Google on Google Glass
  • Send questions to cla@email.arizona.edu so she can prepare answers
  • Send questions by Friday

OSIRIS-REx Time Capsule

  • Submit messages and images via Twitter and Instagram to be placed in a “time capsule” aboard OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft.

UASEDS Announcements

Send Your Name to Bennu

  • planetary.org/bennu
  • Just send in your name and it will fly to Bennu and back!
  • Must submit by Sept. 30


Flagstaff Trip

  • $30 to attend for dues-paying members
  • Two spots available, speak with Carmen ASAP
  • Visiting Lowell Observatory and Meteor Crater

Flandrau Visit

  • October 21st, during regular meeting time
  • Visit Flandrau Planetarium
  • 6-8pm
  • Will get some sort of reduced cost

OSIRIS-REx Student Job Opportunity

  • Programmer/Software Engineer
  • Position open until filled
  • Sophomores or juniors and up
  • Send resume to wjko@orex.lpl.arizona.edu

Coming Up Soon

Outreach Events

  • Solar Eclipse on October 23rd
    • Solar scopes on the mall
  • Biosphere 2 Discovery Nights on October 25th
    • Take Dobsonian Telescope to Biosphere 2
  • Geosciences Saturday Science Academy on November 14th
    • Space science activities
  • Himmel Library on November 20th
    • 7-9pm
    • Take scopes and solar system activities

Club Business

UASEDS Goes to SpaceVision

  • Must pay a deposit of $200 today
  • Limited to 10 people
  • Total cost is $400 with registration
  • You will get a Dean’s excuse

Outreach Coordinator

  • Responsible for arranging and organizing educational outreach events
  • One of our missions as a club is to provide volunteers to assist in educational outreach
  • Will try again in October
  • Please consider running!

Space News

  • MAVEN successfully completed orbital insertion
    • Launched November 18th, arrived Sunday
  • SpaceX Cargo Docks with the ISS
    • Arrived this morning
    • 5 tons of supplies and science
    • First 3D printer
      • Built by SEDS members!


September 16th Meeting Minutes

24 Members Present


  • Dues
    • Pay them to Ryan
    • $15/semester
    • $25/year
  • Social Media!
  • Lecture Series
    • Wednesday 7pm, Kuiper 308
    • Monday 7:30pm, SO N210
    • Thursday 4:00pm, SO N210
  • OSIRIS-REx Time Capsule
    • Submit a tweet or Instagram about space travel
    • #asteroidmission
    • asteroidmission.org/timecapsule



    • Design, build, fly a weather balloon payload to the edge of space!
    • If interested, sign sign-up sheet or contact Ryan Stelzer
  • Amber Luttmann, UASEDS Alumni
    • Google Hangout on September 30th
    • Normal meeting time/place
    • Optical Sciences & Engineering
    • Works at Google on Google Glass
    • Email Carmen questions in advance so Amber can think out answers
  • SpaceVision Poster Session
    • October 31 and November 1st
    • Deadline October 1st
    • Best poster in several categories will receive cash prize of between $750 and $1000
      • Satellite & Satellite Technology
      • Astronomy, Space, and Earth Science
      • Robotics and Rovers
      • Propulsion and Launch Vehicles
      • Asteroids
      • Other
    • Bob Richards Scholarship for Peace Through Space
      • Awarded to 1 student who has demonstrated a passion for using space for peaceful benefits
      • Submit essat detailing work you’ve done or will do
      • $500 reward, $500 for future work, and $500 for travel to SpaceVision
      • See more at SpaceVision website
    • Peter Diamandis Bold Space Entrepeneurship Scholarship
      • $1000 to support whatever you are doing
      • Submit essay detailing entrepreneurial effort already in progress/planning stages
      • See more at SpaceVision website
    • Evening with Industry
      • September 29th, 6pm
      • Current Engineering or Computer Science Students
      • Must apply before midnight on the 19
    • RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition
    • Art of Planetary Science (October 17th-19th)
    • World Space Week (October 4th-10th)
    • Try to have a star party on the 10th or 11th of October


UASEDS Business

  • Outreach Officer
    • Please consider running.
    • Only requirement to be an officer in SEDS is student and pay SEDS dues.
    • As long as you are interested, we can help you become a great officer.
  • SpaceVision
    • Thursday October 30 through Sunday November 2nd
    • Hosted by UNC SEDS
    • Must PAY by next meeting
    • $300
    • Limited to 10 people, first come, first served
    • You will get a Dean’s Excuse
  • Flagstaff Trip
    • We need to know and get paid TODAY
    • $30 for members
    • October 4th and 5th
    • Lowell Observatory
    • Meteor Crater
    • Camping
  • Shirts
    • New logo!
    • $15
    • Navy Blue
  • Goals!
    • Telescope Training
    • Launch a rocket
      • With AIAA
      • With Southern AZ Rocketry Association
    • Real rocket launching parties
    • Mixers
      • With faculty members
      • Events with other space clubs
    • More social events!
      • Game nights
      • Picnics

04/17/14 General Meeting

Tax Day in Space!

  • Astronauts paid taxes in space

Total Lunar Eclipse

Oceans on Saturn’s Moons

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch

  • Spacex.com/webcast
  • Launching at 12:25 AZ time
  • Carrying 5th Dragon Capsule, 3rd Cargo Delivery

2014 Yetadel Lecture

  • Seeing Signals from Before Our Big Bang?
  • Sir Roger Penrose
  • Oxford University
  • Monday 4/21
  • 4:00pm
  • Steward Observatory Room N210

LPL Colloquium

  • The Kinetic Solar Wind and the NASA Solar Probe Plus Mission
  • Dr. Stuart Bale
  • UC Berkely
  • Tuesday 4/22
  • 3:45pm
  • Kuiper 312

SEDS-USA SpaceTalks

  • Ryan Kobrick
  • Yuri’s Night Executive Director
  • Live on seds.org/spacetalks

ISDC 2014

  • May 14th to the 18th
  • Los Angeles
  • Student Registration si $55 without meals
  • Featured Speakers and VIPs
    • Buzz Aldrin
    • Elon Musk

Yuri’s Night 2014

  • Was fun!
  • Space trivia

Upcoming Elections

  • Full members are eligible to run for all positions
  • Must declare intent to run by Monday, April 21st
  • Positions are:
    • President
    • Treasurer
    • Trip Coordinator
    • Communications
    • Outreach
    • Technology
    • Platforms due Monday, April 28th
    • Elections take place Thursday, May 1st

04/03/14 General Meeting

Z-2 Spacesuit Design Vote

  • Vote on how NASA’s next generation space suit will look for testing
  • Fully built by November of this year
  • Tested at Neutral Buoyancy Lab and JSC Rock Yard as well as other places
  • All in effort to learn how to spacewalk

Atlas V Launch

  • Launched from Vandenberg AFB, CA
  • 7:46am
  • ULA and USAF
  • Atlas V Rocket carrying Defense Meteorological Satellite Program

TAP Colloquium

  • Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
  • Monday April 7th
  • 4-5pm
  • Steward N210

LPL Colloquium

  • Dr. Tommi Koskinen
  • The Upper Atmosphere of Saturn from Cassini UVIS Occultations
  • Tuesday April 8th
  • 3:45pm-4:45pm
  • Kuiper 312

SEDS Space Talk

  • Chris Voorhees
  • Director of Spacecraft Development at Planetary Resources
  • #spacetalks for questions
  • TONIGHT at 6pm

Yuri’s Night

  • Celebration of Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight
  • Inaugural launch of Space Shuttle Columbia
  • Celebrating at Sky Bar
  • Doubling as percentage night
  • Raffle
    • Mars Curiosity Rover Hot Wheels
    • DIY Star Projector
    • Gift Cards
    • 2 Adam Block prints
    • Prizes
    • Costume Party

ASCEND! Team Presentation

03/13/2014 General Meeting

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR members FOR MAKING IT OUT TO OUR MEETING, AND playing Jeopardy!: Space Edition with us. It was a blast!


Below you will find the full meeting minutes as well as the power point presentation!

12 Members Present


  • Microbial Ecology Research Combining Citizen and University Researchers on the ISS
  • Launch Date 3/16/14
  • Team makeup includes science cheerleaders (cheerleaders from the NFL)
  • http://spacemicrobes.ucdavis.edu/our-team

Falcon 9 Launch

Behind the Scenes: ISS

Orbiting Ray Bradbury’s Mars

  • Book Launch Event on Saturday, March 15th at 2pm in Kuiper 308

Steward Observatory Public Evening Lecture

  • Dr. Jill Tarter
  • SETI Institute
  • Tuesday, March 18th
  • 7:30pm
  • Social Sciences 100

LPL Colloqium

  • Dr. Youssef Moudden
  • Challenges of Simulating the Martian Atmosphere
  • Thursday March 27th
  • 3:45pm
  • Kuiper 312



Yuri’s Night

  • April 12th
  • Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s Historic First Spaceflight and First Launch of Space Shuttle Columbia
  • SEDS Hosting Event
    • Sky Bar
    • Raffle

Next Meeting is March 27th, 2014

You will find the power point presentation here: UASEDS 3/13 Meeting Presentation

02/13/14 General Meeting

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR MEMBERS FOR MAKING IT OUT TO OUR MEETING, AND participating in our Telescope Operator Training. Ad Astra!


Below you will find the full meeting minutes as well as the power point presentation!

Space in the Media

  • Star Wars “Inspired” Dresses
  • JAXA Astronaut Koichi Wakata
  • China’s Yutu Moon Rover

Theoretical Astrophysoics Colloquim

  • 2/17
  • 4pm-5pm
  • Kuiper 308
  • At the Edge of Explosion

LPL Grad Student Colloquim

  • Martian Carbonates Hiding in Plain Sight
  • 3D Climate Modeling of Close-In Land Planets
  • 2/18
  • 3:45pm
  • Kuiper 312

SEDS Office Hours

  • Chapters.seds.org/uaseds


  • $15/semester

Flagstaff Trip

  • Meteor Crater
  • Lowell Observatory
  • Would stay the night

You will find the power point presentation here: UASEDS 2/13 Meeting Presentation

02/06/14 General Meeting

What is SEDS?

  • International Organization SEDS-Earth
    • Part of SEDS-USA
    • Independent student-based organization for the Exploration and Development of Space
      • See Mission Statement at SEDS.org


  • President
    • Amanda Urquiza
  • Treasurer
    • Bobby Shely
  • Trip Coordinator
    • Joel Mueting
  • Communications
    • Eric Sahr
  • Outreach
    • Carmen Austin
  • Technology
    • Andrew McGuckin


Past Activities

  • Microgravity
  • Spring Break
  • SpaceVision


New This Year

  • Trips
    • Northern AZ
      • End of February
      • Meteor Crater
      • Lowell Observatory
  • Kartchner Caverns
  • Yuri’s Night
    • April 12th
    • B
    • Building a 3D Printer project



  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Projects
  • Research Opportunities
  • Local Trips
  • Spring Break Trip
  • Building connections with SEDS Alumni
  • Industry professionals


Types of Membership

  • Basic Membership
    • Attend one club meeting and be a good student
    • Full Membership
      • Pay $15 dues/semester
      • Run and vote in elections
      • SEDS Trips are discounted
      • Discounted SEDS Items
      • Hold project leadership positions
      • Store things in the SEDS Office


SEDS Office

  • Sonett Space Sciences Building
  • Office Hours:
    • Eric: Monday/Wednesday 11-12
    • Amanda: Monday/Thursday 2-3
    • Bobby: Tuesday 12:30-2:30
    • Andrew: Monday 12-1, Friday 11-12
    • Carmen: Tuesday 11-1
    • Joel: TBD


SEDS Shirts

  • SOON


UA and Astronomy Club Picnic

  • Potluck
  • This Saturday
  • Noon
  • Himmel Park
  • Let us know if you need a ride


Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Sequel to Carl Sagan
  • March 9th on FOX
  • National Geographic Channel also

11/26/2013 General Meeting

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR GUEST SPEAKER, Patricio Becerra, FOR MAKING IT OUT TO OUR MEETING, AND TALKING TO US ABOUT his Mars research at at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory here at the University of Arizona!


Below you will find the full meeting minutes as well as the power point presentation!

You will find the power point presentation here: UASEDS 11/26 Meeting Presentation