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.
Lars, good to hear that you enjoyed SpaceVision 2010! Hope you follow through on all your goals from last week (including starting the chapter). It is always awesome to have tons of people in SEDS who are excited about pushing space travel to the next level like you!
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