TEAMS


 

Balloons

The Balloons Team has launched and recovered more than 50 high altitude balloons carrying scientific payloads to over 100,000 feet. With innovative designs and cutting edge avionics, they've set the world record for latex balloon flight endurance and are aiming to circumnavigate the globe.

 

Rockets

Making aerodynamic objects propel unique payloads to high altitudes since 2013, the Rockets team has certified over 35 members of SSI for high powered rocketry. In addition to a bid for IREC 2017, the team will continue work on Project Daedalus, a series of smaller projects to increase expertise in all aspects of rocketry.

 

Satellites

The Satellites team builds imaging and scientific CubeSats, sensors, distributed networks, and optical communication systems. They're currently working on a cubesat to test long range communication in space.

 

Biology

The Biology team is building devices to sustain life in space, and to use life to accomplish missions in space. They’re currently working on building a DNA synthesizer for microgravity, which will be the first device to synthesize DNA in space.

 

Operations

In addition to facilitating events among members, the Operations team brings speakers to Stanford and connects members with industry professionals and aerospace entrepreneurs. They're currently working towards Stanford SSI + Industry Space Night, an evening of networking SSI will host in early January.

 

Policy

The Policy team researches the legislation, market trends, history, and philosophy that has affected the development of the space industry. They're teaching a class on space policy.

 

Mars

The SSI Mars team seeks to push the boundaries of crewed space missions and pave the way for permanent settlement of Mars and other celestial bodies. Our projects are centered on in situ resource utilization (ISRU), a broad group of technologies which make use of the scant resources on Mars for long-term surface missions. We turn Martian air and soil into fuel and concrete, eliminating the need to launch everything from Earth. At the same time, ISRU technologies can sustainably produce fuel and building materials for use on Earth, making our work a crucial step in fighting climate change. If we learn to live on the Red Planet, we can also save the blue one!