Ryan's Portside Bar & Grill
1. Pluto Launch Public Viewing Event With LISATS
We opened the meeting with discussions of what kind of launch viewing events we want to provide. Ideas ranged from tour boat charters, the local HAM radio club viewing area, beach events, having a banner, TV coverage, hotels, the piers, along the river, food, NSS and NASA literature handouts, and so on. We decided that we will meet for the Pluto launch on January 17 at the Launch Information Service and Amateur Television System (LISATS) station on the 528 causeway near
Port Canaveral. Here is the link: http://www.lisats.org/. We have
now contacted Ernest Baldini from LISATS and they would like us to join them at their station. They will have a radio hookup with all the launch status coming over a PA. Note that the launch date may change. This is the current date.
Action: Someone to author the "NSS Space Coast Guide to NASA Launch Viewing." It turns out that Robert Osband from LISATS has already compiled a web site that is along these same lines:
Action: We will obtain NASA mission literature for the Pluto New Horizons mission in order to hand it out to the public. We will also see if NSS literature such as extra Ad Astra magazines are available.
Action: We need a large banner or two made up. The title should be:
"National Space Society
So those who are able to attend, please mark your calendars:
2. Mailing List and Listserv
We may create an automated mailing signup feature on our web page. Bob Waterman is considering this for us.
We discussed this excellent space site, which has space news and an informative space forum. How to get from Shuttle to CEV is a major topic there.
4. History of
We talked about the orange groves, fishing camps and
other features that used to make up
Corporation Relocation to
The Zero Gravity Corporation conducted four weightless
flights from NASA's Shuttle Landing Facility in the month of November. The response was so positive, that ZERO-G is
now looking into moving operations to KSC permanently. Currently, ZERO-G is in discussions to obtain
office space in the Astronaut Memorial Foundation building among other
locations. In addition, Tim Bailey was just hired by the Florida Space Research
Institute (FSRI) to coordinate the selling of ZERO-G microgravity research
flights. This new partnership with FSRI
and ZERO-G will bring more research dollars to
6. Yuri's Night
Tim Bailey is also a member of the Executive Board for
Yuri's Night. Every April 12, the whole
planet celebrates the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight and the launch of
STS-1. Yuri's Night is a time to let
loose and have a party for those brave space pioneers. Our chapter held an event last April 12,
We talked about this recent event. The committee meets in January to start
8. FSRI Newsletetter
The FSRI has a newsletter that can serve as an additional publicity outlet for our chapter events.
With that, the meeting adjourned.
VP and Secretary
Prior meeting topics.
1. Space Spring Break
An initiative for a nationwide campaign for a Space Spring Break for students is on the agenda for a possible future project. The concept is to hold an educational and fun event for students.
2. Zero-G Flight Educational Outreach
Another possible future project may be for our chapter to raise funds to sponsor a local educator to fly weightless on the Zero-G Corporation vehicle. This vehicle may be coming to use the Shuttle Landing Facility as a base of operations. It may be that Virgin Galactic flights will come to KSC some day too.
Reference on Ongoing Events
1. Chapter Monthly Social
Our chapter meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 5:30
p.m. These meetings are held at Paddy
2. Speaker Meetings
We will also have quarterly speaker meetings to be widely
publicized. These will take place at the
Florida Space Authority headquarters in
A possible speaker might be Guenter
Wendt, who we could ask to speak at a venue in
3. National Space Club luncheons.