SSI’s balloon projects aim to use space technology to address issues related to the climate crisis on earth. Project Cycloon, expected to launch later this month, plans to fly balloons into weather systems like cyclones to gather data — hence the origin of the project name.
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.
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.
The team is the first in Stanford’s history to be chosen for NASA’s Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program.
The 15th Undergraduate Senate passed a bill Tuesday night that could alter the makeup of the Senate in the future, as it decided to reserve three Senate seats for upperclassmen.
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.