It was a crazy weekend. So much stuff happened at SpaceVision and I met so many really cool and influential people in NewSpace it is kind of mind-boggling. I met a lot of people there who are giants in the industry, whose names can be mentioned in a lot of settings and almost everyone knows who they are. I did not meet enough students from other parts of the country, but there is simply a fundamental limit to the number of people I can remember from any given weekend.
Anyway, all of the speakers were pretty amazing and I had such a good time seeing all of my NASA academy pals there. I have come away with so much enthusiasm and energy that I just want to graduate right away and start making spaceships. Or go to the moon.
One of the things I realized I had to do there was get my name out there, and start documenting all of the projects I have done and will be doing.
Another thing that got me really excited about while I was there was learning about SEDS. Before I arrived I was not even aware that it stood for the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. It may be a testament to how cool SpaceVision was that before the weekend was over, I had dedicated myself to creating the Montana State University SEDS chapter. We have a large student base who is interested in Space and a number of faculty who has had a lot of experience in the space industry, so I think we can have some very interesting presentations. I am also not the only one who decided to start / restart a SEDS chapter after being at SpaceVision. Ellen Farber will be leading the charge at Harvard to re-start SEDS there.
I know that SpaceVision 2011 will be amazing and I plan on being there in Boulder. I got to meet a lot of people from CUSEDS and it is going to rock my socks.