Educational Institutions

Aerospace Educational Development Program

  • Littleton, CO
  • www.AerospaceEd.org

Mission Statement

AEDP provides training, research and materials development for a wide range of math and science educational applications.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Scale Model Communication Satellite
Service Areas

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International

AEDP currently provide a detailed scale model 3-axis stabilized communication satellite. The model is full-color printed on sturdy card stock and can be assembled using white glue and a short piece (23 in.) of wooden dowel for sturdiness. All pieces are die-cut punch outs from a folded master mailed as an 8.5 in x 11.25 in folded piece. Any area with postal service can receive these.

ruling year

1988

Director since 1988

Self-reported

Mr. John Rossie

Keywords

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aerospace education, astronomy education, telecommunications education, science instruction

EIN

84-1073911

Also Known As

AEDP

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services N.E.C. (U99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Currently developing materials for aerospace and astronomy programs, including presentations and web-based education.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Scale Model Communication Satellite

This 3-axis stabilized center-mass space craft is one of two fundamental platforms that all future communication and other satellites will be based on. The other is a spinning cylinder gyroscopically stabilized, with the solar array applied to the outer body. By understanding the basic parts of a 3-axix stabilized satellite, the student or professional will understand how and why earth-to-space-to-earth transmission systems operate and provide the information that they do. These model satellites are useful for elementary school science projects through professional displays.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

AEDP currently provide a detailed scale model 3-axis stabilized communication satellite. The model is full-color printed on sturdy card stock and can be assembled using white glue and a short piece (23 in.) of wooden dowel for sturdiness. All pieces are die-cut punch outs from a folded master mailed as an 8.5 in x 11.25 in folded piece. Any area with postal service can receive these.

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Aerospace Educational Development Program

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Director

Mr. John Rossie

BIO

AEDP emerged from the activities of its founder John Rossie, dating as far back as 1982. At that time a founding member of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), Mr. Rossie served as the Chairman for Education, Rocky Mountain Chapter of SSPI from 1982 through 1986. Additionally, Mr. Rossie was involved in local outreach programs often in conjunction with satellite teleconferences of SSPI meetings. During that time, he was active in presentations to local grade schools and high schools on topics ranging from satellite communications to general aerospace. The purpose of these programs and presentations, and the charter of AEDP, is to increase the awareness and interest in areas of math and science. In 1984, upon the start-up of the original Young Astronaut Program (YAP), Mr. Rossie became more involved in bring the message of aerospace sciences to local grade school levels, primarily grades 3 through 6. At that time, AEDP was an unincorporated entity. Under sponsorship of the Martin Marietta Company, AEDP became the representative for the Young Astronaut Program in Colorado and Wyoming, helping to start dozens of local YAP chapters and providing presentations and resources procured from major aerospace firms. AEDP also developed aerospace education lesson plans that have been utilized nation-wide. One of the exciting aspects in early AEDP activities involved field trips and tours for middle school and high school students to high-tech facilities in the Denver area, including the Martin-Marietta facility south of Littleton and the Ball Aerospace Division in Boulder. Mr. Rossie's background includes work with communication satellites and other elements of terrestrial-based telecommunication systems, as well as marketing of launch vehicles and payload assembly. He has been involved with efforts in the privatization of the space industry since the mid-1980s including work on the development team for Global Outpost, Inc., an effort to re-use expended external tanks of the Space Shuttle. Rossie holds Master's Degrees in Philosophy (MA), Telecommunications (MS) and Business Administration (MBA) and has instructed courses in undergraduate- and graduate-level programs in a variety of fields.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

John Rossie

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