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Minutes of July Meeting

            Oklahoma Space Alliance met July 14, 2012 at the Denny’s on the I-240 access road on the north side just east of Pennsylvania Avenue in southern Oklahoma City. Attending were Steve, Karen and Bryan (sp?) Swift, Tom Koszoru, Clare McMurray, David Sheely, Tim Scott and Syd Henderson.
         OSIDA will meet at the Oklahoma Spaceport in Burns Flat on August 1.
         There were 20 – 25 people at the Soonercon panel on Sunday.
         Moon Day: Claire, Syd and maybe Steve and Karen are planning to go to the Moon Day celebration at Love Field in Dallas, Texas on July 21.
         We need to start doing things about the Space Art Contest. What schools do we want to contact? Claire wants a work meeting for July 23.
         The Planetary Societies’ Planetfest 2012 is August 4-5 in Pasadena, California. For more information, visit http://www.planetary.org/get-involved/events/planetfest-2012/. The Mars Society Convention is also in Pasadena, on August 3 – 5. (Since they’re in the same building, I guess they’ve joined forces.) Curiosity is scheduled to land on Mars around midnight on the night of August 5 – 6.

What’s happening in space:
         Oklahoma State won a NASA habitat contest for “Horizontal Habitability Layout Structures.
         We watched video of the Shenzhou 9 launch and landing, a landing video for the X37B Space plane, and the NuStar launch. We watched a test firing of the Superdraco engine, the new engine on the Dragon capsule. SpaceX’s Merlin 1D engine has a 50% increase in thrust over Merlin 1C, meaning it has a thrust of 147,000 pounds of force.
Buzz Aldrin developed the mathematics for spacecraft rendezvous.
         A gravitational tractor uses the gravitational attraction between a spacecraft and an asteroid to move the asteroid. The spacecraft’s ion engine moves the spacecraft, while gravitational attraction makes the asteroid follow.
Our feature video was Jeff Greason at the ISDC Awards banquet. Greason is proposing building sites in space to create propellant, which will reduce cost of going to the next outpost. The point is that each time you build a colony it does something to support itself. We need a facility outside Earth’s magnetosphere to check out the radiation environment.        
        The 2013 ISDC rate is $100 until July 31.

Minutes by Oklahoma Space Alliance Secretary Syd Henderson

Notes on July 11 OSIDA Meeting

            The Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority met at in the conference room at the Department of Transportation building in Oklahoma City. Steve Swift, David Sheely and Syd Henderson of Oklahoma Space Alliance were three-quarters of the audience. Board members present were Chairman Jack Bonny, and new board members Robert Conner, Robert Cox, James Cunningham, R. Allen Goldsbary, Donald Westekan. Last year, Governor Fallin asked several board members whose terms would otherwise have expired to serve another year. Thus she replaced all the board members except for the chairman. There was another board still to be filled.  Also attending were Executive Director Bill Khourie, Secretary Kim Vowell, and Brinda White from the Attorney General’s office.
         All the five new board members have extensive military experience. General Wetekan was once Vice Commander of Tinker Air Force Base and spent 34 years in the Air Force. Mr. Conner was also Air Force and retired from the Air Force four years ago. His specialty was logistics, and he is interested in unmanned flying vehicles. Mr. Goodbary served 31 years in the Army, then spent 12 years at Oklahoma State University. Mr. Cunningham served 27 years in the Army, in engineering and space command. He was at Raytheon Corporation for 10 years. Mr. Cox was an Air Force pilot.
         OSIDA elected new officers Jack Bonny is still Chair. Mr. Goodbary is Vice Chair. Mr. Conner is Secretary-Treasurer.
Jack wants the August meeting to be at Burns Flat.
         Since most of the board members were new, Bill Khourie gave them a brief timeline of the history of the Oklahoma Spaceport. The offices were established in Oklahoma City in 2000. Title to the Clinton-Sherman Industrial Airpark was transferred to OSIDA in 2005, as the Oklahoma Spaceport. License was granted in 2006.
         The new Operational Control Center is 30% complete.
         Mr. Goodbary (as well as Mr. Conner) are into Unmanned Vehicle Systems. Oklahoma has been selected by the Department of Homeland Security as a site to test drones and Governor Fallin has a council dedicated to unmanned systems.
         The Facility Manager has resigned and a replacement is being sought.
         Travel reimbursement has been restored. Last year’s board members waived their reimbursement to pay for production of the promotional video.
         The August OSIDA meeting has been moved up to August 1 and will be at Burns Flat.

                                                                        Notes by Oklahoma Space Alliance Secretary Syd Henderson

Notes on August 1 OSIDA Meeting

         The Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority met at the Western Technology Center at Burns Flat. Steve Swift, David Sheely and Syd Henderson of Oklahoma Space Alliance were three-fifths of the audience. Board members present were Chairman Jack Bonny, Robert Conner, Robert Cox, James Cunningham, R. Allen Goldsbary, and Donald Westekan. The vacant seat has been filled by General Jay Edwards, who previously served on the board several years ago. Also attending were Executive Director Bill Khourie, Secretary Kim Vowell, and Brinda White from the Attorney General’s office.
         There are six dilapidated unused Defense department warehouse on the property of the Oklahoma Space Authority. Bill has contacted Congressman Lucas and will contact Senator Inhofe. These buildings were received in an unusable condition. Bill has contacted the Army Corps of Engineers but at some point title holder was the City of Clinton. Bill said he’ll bulldoze them himself if nobody else will take responsibility. [See below for more.]
         The new Operational Control Center is 40% complete. The old one was stuck by lightning four years ago and burned down [which is why we were meeting at the Western Technology Center].
         OSIDA has received resumes for Facilities Manager.
         Bill gave us an update on the OSIDA Marketing Website design. OSIDA will need an exemption from the State Financial Office. They may need to have two sites (presumably linked), one for OSIDA as a state agency, the other devoted to marketing. Cost is $2500 for each website.
         Jack Bonny spoke about problems due to meeting date changes. By having the meeting on August 1, OSIDA couldn’t get all the financial information for July. There will be no more meeting changes through December.
         Jack appointed an Air and Spaceport Operations Committee.

         After the meeting, we went over to inspect the new Operations Control Center. [Quickly because the temperature was around 112 degrees.] Since this is mostly funded by FEMA, the new Center has to have exactly the same footprint (in square feet) as the old; however, since the old site was built in the 1950s for other purposes, the new site will be better configured for spaceport operations.
         On the way out of the Spaceport, we OSA members went by the dilapidated warehouse, and found that the sorriness of their state wasn’t exaggerated. The windows were mostly out and one of them had a full-sized tree growing through its roof. They’re an eyesore and an obstacle to attracting business

                                                      Notes by Oklahoma Space Alliance Secretary Syd Henderson

Between Meetings Activities

         Five of our Oklahoma Space Alliance NSS members drove down to Dallas to host a table at the North Texas chapter's Moon Day event at the Frontiers of Flight museum.
         Our table featured "new-space" display boards, NSS & chapter flyers, a 1-page ad for the NASA art contest (ages 10-18), a 12-inch moon globe,  and a plastic "black hole/gravity well" funnel with shiny pennies for children to "launch" and watch the "orbits" decay around and down.
         The gravity well was quite popular with kids. (We made over a dollar, even though we provided pennies and one kid ran off with some of the coins)
         With five of us, we could take turns attending the lectures and browsing the other exhibits.
         After the museum closed we went to a steak house with some of the North Texas members, then drove home.

                                                                                 Claire McMurray

Contact person for Oklahoma Space Alliance is Claire McMurray.
PO Box 1003
Norman, OK 73070
Webmaster is Syd Henderson.

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