Letter from the Chair
SEDS Members, Alumni, and riends,As students fnish their 9-5 internships, last minute summer vacations, and head back to the grindo school we welcome back current and new members alike to the joys o promoting the uture -Space Exploration and Development - with SEDS. Chapters are ramping up their beginning o the school year eorts at bringing more students into the organization, and early signs are thatrecord numbers are being seen! This is great news or the organization, and I hope to see evenmore growth this year. We currently have the highest number o college chapters in the historyo SEDS! Each individual in the organization can help us keep these numbers up by bringing theirriends into the organization; both at their own school and at others. With your help we cancontinue to grow and make the SEDS Network even bigger!Since the last NOVA, we have seen a lot o great things happen in the Space industry. One o themost remarkable things we have seen is SpaceX successully docking with the InternationalSpace Station in May, becoming the frst private space vehicle to do such a thing. In August,the Commercial Crew Program made an award or commercial crew, the CCiCAP award. Thisaward gives a set o objectives and milestones to produce a 'price per ight/seat' model or uturehuman spaceight. Three programs were awarded, the Boeing CST-100, the SpaceX DragonCapsule, and Sierra Nevada's Dreamchaser. SEDS wishes the chosen programs success, andhopes that the models o those who were not chosen can be proven through operation -providing more routes to develop Space. The Space industry is saddened as well by the recent lost o several o our own. Most prominent,we bid arewell to the frst man to set oot on the moon, Astronaut Neil Armstrong. Neil will beremembered or both his great contribution to space exploration by leading humanity’s way onour frst steps into the cosmos, and or his quiet yet steady support o continued eorts inspace exploration. SEDS also recently has lost one o our own. Darrell David Cain, who servedbetween 2007-2008 as the Director o Chapter Aairs or SEDS-USA. Darrell was a frm supportero the organization, and helped to bring a new wave o actively involved individuals intoSEDS. He was also instrumental into helping us lay the oundations o the endowment and otherpillars o the SEDS-USA organization. To remember Darrell's contribution to the organization, weare creating the Darrell David Cain Award o Excellence to remember him, and the contributionhe made to SEDS-USA and opening the rontier or humanity in Space.I'm pleased to say that SEDS-USA overall this year has been proactive in making great programsto beneft the members. Most prevalent, we hosted this year the second annual SEDS RocketryCompetition. While we have yet to announce the winners o the competition, overall I ampleased that the program has been able to bring chapters together in the pursuit o a goal. Ihope we will be able to continue to grow this program in the uture. We recently launched thisyear’s Student NewSpace Business Plan Competition, and have several competitive, undedawards starting this year. The Business Plan competition (winners), Rocketry Competition, andawards will all be announced at our National conerence, SpaceVision.