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Minutes of October Meeting

         Oklahoma Space Alliance met at the Koszoru house on October 9. Attending were Tom Koszoru, Claire McMurray, Tim Scott, John Northcutt and Syd Henderson.
         Leigh Perry will be working on the design for the new OSA logo. She needs to know what designs we have and what size we want them. At least two sizes: we want one for t-shirts and one for a logo. Do we want them in color of black and white? [Color.] Tom wants to get together with Leigh so they can go over them in person, since he finds it difficult to describe what he wants over the phone.
         Tim sent the check for Starbase to Ms. Keeton’s class at Washington Elementary School in Clinton. We are helping them fund transportation to the Starbase classes.
         Tom is doing an online grant-writing course. This is in a three day session from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., with a fee of $600.
         Claire wants to put off the rest of her book report until January. Claire asks,” If you could design your own business, what would it be?”
         Tom and John need to get together at a particular time and meet with the people at the Stafford Museum in Weatherford. Perhaps on a Wednesday so Syd can go.
         New business:      John asked about the possibility of doing a half-hour radio show. Should this be the radio quiz, or possibly have that as an aspect. Winners could get a subscription to Ad Astra, which means the quiz would have to be hosted live.
         Since several of our members are still holding full-time jobs, doing a half-hour weekly show would be too much. Perhaps once a month.
         NSS North Texas is sending Claire a newsletter. She wants to get permission to send this to our mailing list. They are revising the Boy Scout Handbook. Claire doesn’t think there’s a space badge for Girl Scouts, and perhaps there should be?
         Our next meeting will be on November 20 due to conflicts on the 13th.  Possibly this meeting can be moved to Edmond.
--Report from OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

Notes on October 13 OSIDA meeting

         The Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority met at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Building in Oklahoma City. All seven of the OSIDA board were present and outnumbered the audience. Syd Henderson attended on behalf of Oklahoma Space Alliance.
         The security fence is now complete.  Driver’s insurance companies paid for damage to the fence.
         Armadillo is trying to finish some paperwork. Their aerospace flight from the Oklahoma Spaceport is tentatively scheduled for late October or early November. First flight will be 5,000 feet, second 10,000 feet and third 20,000 feet. They will make a powered landing.
         $1.5 billion of the funds in the NASA Authorization Act is going to private companies.
         Jeff Greason of XCor is talking about making the Oklahoma Spaceport a secondary base of operations. This is potentially the largest operation to take place at the Oklahoma Spaceport.
         Syd dropped off copies of Ad Astra for all the board members and OSIDA Executive Director Bill Khourie. [He also dropped five copies off at the Artesian Cancer/Norman Urology office in Moore.]

Note: The November 10 OSIDA meeting was cancelled. No word on the Armadillo test flights.

--Minutes by Oklahoma Space Alliance Secretary Syd Henderson

Contact person for Oklahoma Space Alliance is Claire McMurray
PO Box 1003
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