Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is a non-profit international student organisation whose purpose is to drive space advocacy of space exploration and development through educational, scientific, and engineering projects. Internationally, SEDS has branches in Canada, Israel, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, the Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe. The permanent National Headquarters for SEDS-USA resides at MIT, and that of SEDS-India resides at Vellore Institute of Technology. SEDS is organised by country, region, and chapter. Student leaders of the international groups convene as SEDS-Earth, the global governing body of SEDS.
Forming a closely-knit yet welcoming, professional, and space-themed community that would foster the enthusiasm of both its participants and leaders by supporting unique ideas, original endeavors and collaborative efforts.
Enabling multi-/inter-disciplinary collaboration and Generating awareness about disciplines relevant to space industry. (For example, Astrochemistry, Astrobiology, Astrovirology, Astroecology and Astro-robotics.)
Providing a platform, encouragement, and relevant support to individuals with the potential, talent, and zeal to contribute to the space sector and being creative in our approach to do so as well as instilling the curiosity into young individuals with disadvantaged backgrounds by providing resources and awareness through One Space outreach.
During the course of a 6-month semester, each month would observe an activity, thus, fulfilling SEDS’s requirement of organising specified 5 activities along with an ongoing project. This trend would repeat for the next semester with a new set of activities, thus, giving a planned layout for an year.)
A plethora of research, planning, reaching out, meticulous writing, digital art, emailing, advertising, interviewing, recruiting and formal documenting began to pay off in upcoming months with the support from the faculty of the Department of Physics and active student participants. After formal recognition of SEDS SRMAP/Space Club through the SEAS Dean’s approval on March 01, 2023, all preparations for the Launchpad event were full-fledged and commenced.
On March 10, 2023, SEDS SRMAP organised their first-ever event consisting of a Space-themed Quiz, an Introductory/Inaugural Speech by the President, followed by a Movie Screening of The Martian, ending with the distribution of Thank You Cards containing QR codes for club application and a Playlist comprised of space-themed music. All participants received certificates.