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Minutes of October 13 Meeting

        Oklahoma Space Alliance met October 13, 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 and Karen Swift, Russ Davoren, Dave Sheely, Claire and Kip McMurray, Tim Scott and Syd Henderson.
        The Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame deadline for nominations is November 1. Bill Pogue and John Harrington are already in it.
        Space Art contest will be divided by Grades 4 – 6, Grades 7 – 9, and Grades 10 – 12. Subject is “If you lived in space, what would your home look like.
        The Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority will meet October 17 at Hangar 1 at Will Rogers World Airport.

Presentations:
         Claire and Kip showed us photos from the ISDC.
        Quotation of the day: “When all the people collect the wood, you will make a great fire,” (Chinese saying quoted by astronaut Liu Yang.)
        Soft landing of ISS crew in Kazakhstan.
        Biography of ISS Commander Suni Williams.
        Neil Armstrong was buried at sea from the USS Philippine Sea. [Photos of this are at http://www.space.com/17615-neil-armstrong-1st-moonwalker-buried-at-sea-photos.html.]
        SpaceX’s “Grasshopper” reusable rocket prototype took its first hop. Next step to hover at 100 ft.
        California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a measure that gives California aerospace companies immunity from liability if passengers on space flight are injured or killed on board a commercial space flight. [See “Space News.”]
        We watched a video of the 51st consecutive successful launch on an Ariane 5.
        SpaceX launched its first official cargo supply mission to the ISS. There was a minor glitch in one of the nine first stage engine, meaning the secondary cargo was placed in an unstable orbit which since has decayed. The Dragon capsule successfully docked with the space station.
        We viewed a photograph of Titan with its atmosphere. 

Discussion Topic:

        The NSS Roadmap to Space recognizes twenty milestones to the establishment of a space-faring civilization. The ones we discussed were:

  1. Continuous Occupancy in Low-Earth Orbit. Comments: We had a small gap between Mir and the Space Station. There may not be a gap after the Space Station. Bigelow wants to rent his space station for industry.
  2. Higher Commercial Launch Rates and Lower Cost to Orbit. Comment: Last year, Chinese launches surpassed those of the US.
  3. An Integrated Cislunar Space Transportation System.
  4. Legal Protection of Property Rights.
  5. Land Grants or Other Economic Incentives. Comment: the Russians have been paying their astronauts to do commercials in space.
  6. Technology for Adequate Self-Sufficiency.

        Contact Senator Capps about getting Oklahoma legislation similar to the California Liability Immunity Act.
This month’s ISDC presentation was by Mark Sirangelo of Sierra Nevada, which company makes the Orbital Transportation System, Dream Chaser.
        It is time to start selling Enjoy the City coupon books.
        Steve is interested in having the Oklahoma Space Alliance Christmas Party on December 15. He’s contacting Tom and Heidi Koszoru to see if they want to host it this year. Claire and Kip can host it if the Koszoru’s can’t.
                                                        --Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

Notes on October 17 OSIDA Meeting

        The Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority met at Hangar 1 at the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. All seven of the board members were present. Steve Swift, David Sheely and Syd Henderson attended on behalf of Oklahoma Space Alliance.
        A snag has come up with the construction of the new Operations Control Center. Brick around the windows will need to be removed to construct expansion joints. The parking lot and sidewalks are pooling water, and need to be repaired at contractors’ expense. This will add 30 – 60 days to the construction time, so the building will not be complete by November 15.
        The new facilities manager is Chuck Haden, who was water superintendent for Elk City. He was head over heels the best qualified.
        Bill Khourie and Robert Cox are working on the NASA grant Space Flight Simulator.
        OSIDA has gotten approval from State Financial Affairs to use a non-standard design. OSIDA is now waiting on a secondary approval to be able to proceed. Look at the website for the Mojave spaceport to see what OSIDA is up against.
        The runway at Spaceport America in New Mexico needs to be extended and needs approval for horizontal takeoff and landing.
        The Oklahoma Spaceport also stores 747s and 767s. The spaceport needs a 125 Repair Station. They need to recruit somebody for this; they don’t have to create their own.
        When operational, the Spaceport will be shut down for launches between 6:00 and 9:00 a.m., but will be open for other business during those hours, and will be able to do regular launches for 21 hours/day. [I believe the shutdown for those three hours is due to unstable wind conditions at that time.
        OSIDA has a request from the Defense Logistics Center, which wants OSIDA to sign for the facility to be used by the federal government in case of national emergency. They would particularly want the tower and some office space to be available. In severe cases they might need cots, ramp and hangars.
        Land lease for VOR NAVAID: They want a fence, but it has to meet with FAA approval; since it will enclose more space, they want more money (from the FAA, I believe). The current fence is plastic and easily knocked down. The matter is now in the hands of the FAA.
                                                        --Notes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

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