UKSEDS projects provide one of the highlights of getting involved.
Through our previous projects, many people have taken part to a greater
or lesser extent in the design, management and construction of a variety
of space projects.
The best way to get involved with a project is through a branch - so
if you have an idea for a project, but no branch locally, why not start
one up? See below.
Guidelines for proposing a project
Adapted from an article by David Ian Wade
- Selection of a project - Any member of UKSEDS is free
to suggest a project for consideration and should be made as a formal
proposal considering the following points:
The UKSEDS committee or appointed reprentatives will assess any
proposals. UKSEDS will help co-ordinate and provide contacts during
the initial stages of the project, including the formation of a
project committee which should run the project. UKSEDS will act as a
Big Brother figure here, providing assistance when requested
but leaving the project committee to perform the day-to-day actions.
- Aim of the project
- Work to be completed
- Any testing required
- Expected results and usefulness
- Estimated cost
- Ownership of the project and data - UKSEDS will
maintain overall authority of the project whilst the project team will
be responsible for the daily running of the project, reporting
regularly to the UKSEDS committee.
Similarly, returned data will technically be owned by UKSEDS, but in
theory will be distributed as required.
- Use of the UKSEDS name and address - Authorised
projects may use the UKSEDS name and logo as seen fit by the
committee. The central mailing address may also be used; mail for any
project will be forwarded to the project manager.
The UKSEDS web site may also be used to present project information
and UKSEDS will do its best to publicise any project through the
Newsletter, Aurora and any other means that become available.
- Reporting to the UKSEDS membership - Monthly project
reports should be given by a representative of the project to the
UKSEDS committee at committee meetings. From this report and any
additional information, the status of the project can be reported in
newsletters and Aurorae.
- Technical support from UKSEDS - UKSEDS may be in a
position to provide techincal support for a particular project either
from within its membership or from the growing number of links with
external organisations and companies.
- Financial support from UKSEDS - It should be noted
when starting a project that UKSEDS does not, at the present time,
have the means to provide much, or any, financial support for a
UKSEDS will support and assist with fundraising activities and will
attempt to explore and provide information on possible routes of
funding, such as PPARC grants or help from the BNSC (or through them
- Close of a UKSEDS project - A closing report should
be submitted at the end of a project, outlining experiences gained in
Any technical data and details such as the management structure of the
programme, as well as contact details for the project team should be
included - whether or not the project acheived its ultimate goal,
communication between the project team and the Committee is vital in
improving our project setup.