Illinois Space Society Updates

Illinois Space Day 2017!

Illinois Space Day (ISD) is an annual educational outreach event organized by the Illinois Space Society at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This event hopes to introduce and excite the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to space and all of the opportunities that await them in the future. Explore the site to learn more about ISD. ISD will be held on October 7, 2017 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Take a look at the tabs for more information on ISD 2017. This event is open to K-8 students interested in space!

Interested in attending Illinois Space Day? Sign up HERE


Below is the Illinois Space Society 2017-18 Promotional Video!

First General Meeting and Quad Day!

The Illinois Space Society will be at Quad Day on August 27th from 12-4pm so make sure to find out booth and learn more about cool projects and opportunities that you could get involved in!

The society will also be having its first general meeting of the semester on Thursday, August 31st from 6-7 pm in 103 Talbot Laboratory. Come to learn more about the different technical projects you can get involved in, the different opportunities available to help you grow as a leader and professional, as well as to meet a great group of space loving enthusiast!


High Altitude Balloon August 21st Launch

The Illinois Space Society’s High Altitude Balloon (HAB) team has also been up to stellar things this summer. They have been working extremely hard to get their balloon and payload ready for their August 21st launch to collect data and capture the beauty of the solar eclipse on video. The team was able to successfully launch and recover the balloon and are currently analyzing the information obtained by the balloon as well as editing the video. Stay tuned for the video in the coming weeks. Below are pictures from the August 21st eclipse balloon launch!

The HAB team launches balloons almost every month. Interested in joining the 2017-18 HAB team? Come to the Illinois Space Society’s 1st general meeting on Thursday, August 31st at 6 pm in 103 Talbot Laboratory.



Successful Micro-g Test Week

In June, the team traveled down to Houston, TX to NASA Johnson Space Center to test out their anchoring device (ALMA – Adaptable Low-Cost Modular Anchor) in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL). The team received great reviews from the divers using the tool as well as from the engineers. The anchoring device consisted of a ratcheting mechanism to give the divers ease in anchoring the auger. The tool was able to withstand more force than was predicted by the team and has received some fantastic feedback that will be applied to next year’s design. Great job ISS Micro-g team!

Interested in being a part of the 2017-18 NASA Micro-g NExT team? Come to the Illinois Space Society’s first general meeting on Thursday, August 31st at 6 pm in 103 Talbot Laboratory.



RASC-AL Rocks the Competition in FL

The ISS RASC-AL had a fantastic summer. In May, the team traveled to Cocoa Beach, FL to participate in the RASC-AL competition. The team presented their mission design for the ECHO (Expandable Commercially-Enabled Habitable Orbiter) and got great reviews from the judges and other participants. The team scored high within their category. The team was tasked to design a habitable module that can act as an interim system following the expected decommissioning of the International Space Station. The module also had to be adaptable for a Mars transit mission in the future. The team added a Satellite Servicing capability for their orbiting habitat and an artificial gravity option for their Mars transit vehicle. The judges were impressed with all of the work done by the team and so were other participants. Great job ISS RASC-AL team!

Interested in being part of the 2017-18 RASC-AL team? Come to the Illinois Space Society’s first general meeting on Thursday, August 31st at 6 pm in 103 Talbot Laboratory.


ISS Space Grant Team Gets the Bronze

NASA Space Grant Team: The ISS team got 3rd Place in the NASA Midwest Space Grant High Power Rocketry Competition in Minnesota in May. The rocket successfully launched and the active drag system worked great! The rocket was tasked with constructing an “adaptable”, single-stage rocket capable of utilizing an active drag system to reach the same altitude on two different motors. Adding to the challenge, the rocket also had to collect video for the duration of the flight, directly verify parachute deployment via on board sensors, and include a custom-built velocity measurement device. Check out the video of the launch below. Great job ISS Space Grant team!

Interested in joining the NASA Space Grant team for the 2017-18 school year? Come to the ISS first general meeting of the year on Thursday, August 31st at 6 pm in 103 Talbot Laboratory. 


Technical Project Updates

Interested in participating in technical projects this year? Come to the following two meetings to learn about how you can get involved:

  • ISS First General Meeting: Thursday, August 31st from 6-7 pm
  • ISS Technical Project and Educational Outreach Meeting: Tuesday, September 5th from 6-7 pm


ISS Calendar