The purpose of the Space Technology Session is to conduct engineering work on space technical projects.  These independent, volunteer R&D projects are the heart of the Space SIG.  Each project, established by member interest, enables us to explore technology developments or other innovations that may lead to increases in the nation's capacity to explore and utilize outer space.

Why We Pursue Space R&D Projects

In addition to NSBE's overarching goals to enhance the technical proficiency of its members, we want to ensure that the nation continues to enjoy a robust space program and that the engineering challenges we pursue can be used to help engage and stimulate the public, in particular both youth and adults with a special focus on the Black community.  Rapid brainstorming, CAD modeling, product research, software coding, hardware assembly and testing, and structured design sessions will be used to accelerate engineering development.  STS-2017 will feature elements of the six technical projects of the Space SIG.

The face to face nature also helps draw new volunteers to these projects.  Each attendee will be assigned to one project team and will support that project's milestone goals.  The workshop also facilitates student academic enrichment and career preparation by inviting select undergraduate NSBE students to attend and work alongside NSBE space professionals in an apprenticeship fashion.  The weekend is divided into five 4-hour segments, each of which is intended to achieve a specific milestone.  Outputs of the meeting will further Space SIG technical investigations and will help prepare NSBE-based research for presentation at the 2018 NSBE Aerospace Systems Conference.

Project Team Assignment

Attendees do not need to have prior experience with their assigned project.  Additionally, there is no obligation to continue with project teams after the STS-2017 meeting.  During registration, each person will be able to select a first, second, third, and fourth choice.  Every effort will be made to match persons according to their top interests.  Previously designated Project leads and Core Team members will be placed with their existing project.  Projects with an insufficient number of registrants are subject to being cancelled, with their members assigned to other projects in line with their interests.  A team assignments session will take place on Thursday evening to divide attendees into project teams.  Once grouped within their respective projects, participants will organize themselves according to a set of Team Member Roles to guide their work as a team.

STS-2017 Technical Projects

As registered attendees are assigned to project teams, the space R&D projects selected for implementation at STS-2017 will be displayed below.  Projects will be selected based on the expertise and interests of registered attendees.  Click on each link for specific milestones for each project.

Arusha Cabin Structures

Arusha Cockpit

Arusha Waste and Hygiene

Arusha Crew Exercise

East Africa Spaceport Feasibility Study

Macho Mengi

NSBE Tricorder

Visions for Human Space Flight

The JEDI Council will also meet during STS-2017.