Letter from the Executive Director #1.3

Letter from the Executive Director #1.3

This month, the Space Frontier Foundation was counting our blessings and they included a significant Space Frontier Foundation team presence at SpaceVision, the annual Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) student conference. This has always been a great conference for us to meet self-motivated, visionary student volunteers and this year was no exception.

The SFF sponsored the conference as a whole, but we also sponsored our second Student Business Plan Competition modeled on our own at the NewSpace series of conferences. The competition this year was organized by Sara Meschberger, a former intern with the Foundation that graduated last year. Sara took real ownership of the project this year. Team Interplanetary Reactions from Iowa State won the $1,000 prize and team iSpy, from the University of Buffalo, won the second prize: a free registration to NewSpace 2013.

Liz Kennick, our project leader for Teachers in Space, Rick Tumlinson, one of our esteemed Founders, Tom Olson, our project leader for the Business Plan Competition, and Jonathan Card, our Executive Director, all spoke to different gatherings. Rick Tumlinson and Liz Kennick are both viewable in the Space Vidcast YouTube channel here and here, respectively.

The Space Frontier Foundation is heading into our end-of-the-year fundraising push and we are asking for your help. A donation of $50 helps to bring teachers to our summer workshops. A donation of $100 helps to host a summer business plan participant. Any donation from $5 on up helps us to change the conversation about space. Please consider giving the Foundation a holiday gift as a way of saying thank you for the work we are doing to make human kind into a space faring civilization.