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Students for the Exploration and Development of Space - SEDS

StrathSEDS aims to connect students with an interest in the exploration and development of Space with Scotland's thriving Space Sector.

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We're proud to announce StrathSEDS will be participating in the third year of the MACH-23 CanSat and Rocketry Competition!


Our CanSat and Rocketry Team!

In 2020 we had a team of six undergraduate students from StrathSEDS working together to design a CanSat - a small simulation of a satellite - with the aim to measure atmospheric pressure, altitude and temperature after being launched by a rocket at a Scottish Launch Site in July as part of MACH-21.

Last year we expanded our horizons to rocketry and participated in MACH-22. Our rocket Strathosphere I launched in June targeting 1km and achieved it perfectly with a measured apogee of 1009m. Inside it were 2 CanSats, BOD I and BOD II, that together with the rocket's own avionics and 2 ground stations formed an inflight communications mesh network and allowed us to relay a message. All of this was possible thanks to our very own on-board computer SHAMANBoard.


We are very proud to have been awarded 1st place in the 1km category for our acheivments.?

We're excited to participate in the event again, and are always looking for new members to join the team! This year we'll be making even bigger, better and more advanced rockets and CanSats than before so if either of these sound like a project that would interest you, don't hesitate to get in touch with us through social media or email to find out more. Even if you are joining part way through the year you are more than welcome to come along!

What is SEDS?

StrathSEDS is part of the international SEDS student organization founded at MIT 40 years ago. Last year we celebrated StrathSEDS 10th birthday! It’s since stretched across the world with branches from America to Nepal.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students from any degree program are welcome to join our society. Feel free to join or come along to our meetings at any point during the year, we'll keep our social media updated with upcoming events, so stay tuned there to find out what we're up to and if it's for you. 


What can you gain as a StrathSEDS Member?

  1. You’ll find a close-knit community of like-minded students and friends at StrathSEDS.
  2. You can develop links and network with academics and industry experts.
  3. You’ll be apart of a recognizable, global community of students.
  4. You can stay informed and engaged with past, present and future developments in the Space Industry through news and discussions.
  5. You’ll have the opportunity to gain invaluable transferrable skills through hands-on design, test and build projects.

“The friends that I have made over the past four years at StrathSEDS have shaped much of my university experience. Joining this society in first year gave me a community and incredible opportunities in research, conferences and projects. My time at university wouldn’t have been the same without them”

     - Julie Graham, StrathSEDS Alumni


Our Events:

1. Technical Workshops

Take part in technical workshops that tackle different sectors in the Space Industry! Targeted for practical skills and an understanding of the challenges in Space. Last years online workshops included an amateur radio workshop, coding and a "design a Mars rover" challenge. Previous years have included a mini-mars rover challenge, basic rocketry and design your own CubeSat experiment.

                  Mini-Rover Mars Rover Challenge: Rovers Ready to Race 


2. Hands-On Projects

Gain real-world experience working on innovative Space projects assessed and run by industry experts! StrathSEDS gives the opportunity to work on design, test and build projects. This year we are looking forward to entering Mach-22 with both a CanSat and rocketry entry.

Previous projects include: UKSEDS Lunar Rover Challenge, National Rocketry Championships, REXUS/BEXUS (our founders' very first project!), the CanSat University Challenge, Mach-21 and Mach-22 Cansat and Rocketry competitions.

                  CanSat University Challenge 2015: A Successful Launch


3. Presentations

Connect with current events in the Space Industry and research through presentations given throughout the year.

Past speakers organizations include: CERN (one of our very own students after a year of placement), ClydeSpace (StrathSEDS Alumni), ESA and the University of Strathclyde.

                        A Year In Industry Placement Presentation: CERN


4. Space news & Conferences

Keep engaged with developments in the Space Industry through member updates, debates and discussions. As a UKSEDS branch, several Space events run each year, bringing everyone together. Excitingly this year the opportunities to participate in conferences and events as students are out of this world with a switch to online delivery. We aim to keep you informed of them all!


5. Social events

An essential part of every society. StrathSEDS will not fail to provide some social space events for all!

In the past we’ve had:

  • Quizzes
  • Space debates
  • Games & movie nights
  • Some study sessions (you’ll be able to get all the invaluable tips from senior students and class mates from home!)
  • Drink Talk Learn (a particular favorite of the society)
  • and even a scavenger hunt through the university last year.

                        Our StrathSEDS 2019 Scavenger Hunt Champions! 


If this sounds like the society for you sign up for our welcome event right here!


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