You’re enjoying a sunny afternoon stroll through White Plaza, having actually decided to attend your CS lecture, when flashy posters catch your attention. Uncle Sam mouthing, “We want you!” and wagging his patriotic finger? Not interesting. But wait, what’s he wearing? A white spacesuit in place of his navy blazer, above the slogan “Join the Space Force, see the galaxy!”
NASA is losing the global space race.
How is that possible? NASA is today the preeminent organization in spaceflight, human or otherwise. With dozens of successful Mars probes, decades of continuous human presence in space, and plans for a manned return to the moon, NASA is far ahead of nearly all other spaceflight actors today. And yet, with all that, they are losing, because fewer and fewer people care.
On Monday, Dec. 3, after nearly a year of delays, Stanford Space Initiative (SSI) launched its first object into orbit aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.
This Saturday, the Stanford Space Initiative (SSI) Rockets Team is scheduled to launch a rocket it has been building in the basement of End Station III in the Engineering Quad over the past two quarters.
Previously, Stanford’s aeronautics and astronautics department only offered degrees for master’s and Ph.D. students. Starting next fall, undergraduates will be able to get a degree in the field.
The Stanford Student Space Initiative (SSSI)’s new Biology Team is pushing the frontiers of biological engineering by constructing a space-ready DNA synthesizer that may launch into orbit within a year.
Founded two years ago, the Stanford Student Space Initiative (SSI) has tripled its membership over the past year and is now the largest project-based engineering group on campus, with approximately 100 active members. The group is also widening its focus to incorporate members interested in areas such as space policy and entrepreneurship.
Space entrepreneurship is hard. Good ideas can be hard to come by and discovering one often requires a deep knowledge of the field. But thanks to emerging companies, unique business models and developing technology, these obstacles are eroding. And the Stanford Student Space Initiative is capitalizing on this new environment to show students how they can make a difference.