Prepared for Liftoff
Air & Space Port is a public-use airport that has facilities in place for aerospace testing, research and development, flights and launches. We are one of only nine spaceports in the nation, and the only one with an FAA-approved spaceflight corridor not in restricted airspace or Military Operation Areas (MOAs). Our facility is home to one of the country’s longest and the widest runways available for both civilian and military use.
- Naval Air Station Clinton is established to serve the Pacific theater in World War II.
- The station closes at war’s end. The location is used as storage for more than 10,000 surplus naval aircraft.
- Disused aircraft salvage efforts begin as ownership of the airfield is transferred to the city of Clinton.
- The base, now operating as Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base, becomes home to the Strategic Air Command’s 4123rd Strategic Wing.
- Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base closes and Clinton resumes ownership of the airfield.
- Oklahoma Senate Bill 720 creates the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority (OSIDA).
- The FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation designates the airfield as a licensed launch site.
- Armadillo Aerospace conducts flight tests of its lunar lander prototype at our spaceport.
- Rocket Racing League performs initial flight test certification for its first rocket-powered aircraft at our spaceport.
- The U.S. Air Force and Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority sign a three- year Joint User Agreement.
- U.S. Navy training squadrons use the Oklahoma Air & Space Port for refueling operations. Boeing Commercial Airplanes tests auto-landing systems on new 737 aircraft at the spaceport.
- Boeing Commercial Airplanes tests auto-landing systems on new 737 aircraft at the Oklahoma Air & Space Port. The U.S. Air Force renews the Joint User Agreement with the spaceport. Honda Aircraft Company uses the spaceport runway to conduct flight testing with its new HondaJet. Cessna uses the spaceport in August to conduct a flight test of its Citation X+, the fastest civilian jet in the world.
- The Oklahoma Air & Space Port hosted the newest VIP Boeing 747-800 at Clinton-Sherman (KCSM) airport on January 6 and 13. The B747-800 conducted flight operations performing proficiency training and flight testing. The B-747-800 Chief Pilot on behalf of his crew of 23 members, personally expressed his appreciation to the OSIDA Executive Director and Operations Manager for the successful operations and great field support. The FBO (Regional Air Inc.) conducted the refueling operation timely and safely providing over 10,000 gallons of Jet A fuel.
History of the Oklahoma Air & Spaceport
- Al Goodbary Chairman
- James Cunningham Vice Chairman
- Robert Connor Secretary/Treasurer
- Jack Bonny
- Jay T. Edwards
- Don Wetekam
- Robert Cox Business Development Committee Chairman
Board Meeting Information
The Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority meets at 1:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Department of Transportation (DOT), unless planned otherwise.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation Building Commission Room
200 NE 21st St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
The Oklahoma Air & Space Port is the controlling agency for the Infinity One Spaceflight Corridor – the only FAA approved corridor in the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS) currently for flight operations not within restricted airspace or Military Operating Areas (MOAs). Our corridor is 152-mile-long and 50-mile-wide. We are the controlling agency for all scheduling and flight operations.
We have one of the longest and the widest civilian runways in the United States.
- RWY 17R/35L: 13,503-foot by 300-foot concrete runway
- 1,000-foot asphalt overruns on the main runway
- RWY 17L/35R: 5,193-foot by 75-foot concrete secondary runway
- Runway end identifier lights (REIL)
- Precision approach path indicators (PAPI)
- High-intensity runway lighting (HIRL)
- Instrument approaches include ILS, LPV, VOR-DME, RNAV, GPS, TACAN and localizer
Operational Control Center
The newly constructed operations control center is home to our telemetry room (T&M) for monitoring spaceflight launches, flight, re-entry, and other flight and testing operations. The center also is the operations headquarters for the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority.
Our fully operational control tower provides air traffic control services 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
Crash & Rescue
The Oklahoma Air and Spaceport Crash and Rescue Facility is fully staffed by the United States Air Force 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays).
Lease / Build
We have more than 2,000 acres of land available for development. To help with costs, the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority offers bonding toward the construction of new buildings at Oklahoma Air & Space Port. The facility has a wide variety of potential building sites available, including ideal aviation and industrial land with available utilities for development. Our facility currently has over 100,000 square feet of available hangar space (six commercial aircraft hangars) located near our ramps, taxiways and runways.
Size & Accessibility
- 2,700-acre facility
- Crash and rescue services
- Fixed Base Operator (FBO) available for aircraft and fuel services
- Six commercial hangars, totaling over 100,000 square feet
- 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility with rail spur
- Hazmat storage and rocket engine testing
- Main-line rail spur adjacent to flight line
- Golf courses and recreational activities in the area
- The level-I trauma center at Oklahoma City’s OU Medical Center is less than 1 hour away, available through air evacuation
- Fort Worth Center ARTCC provides radar services down to touchdown zone
- The FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI), located in Oklahoma City, provides a wide array of aerospace research and training services
- The National Weather Service Forecast Office, located in Norman, Oklahoma, provides advanced forecasting
- Oklahoma State University (OSU) is launching a first-of-its-kind Unmanned Aerial Systems graduate degree
- State Universities with aerospace programs
- Western Technology Center (WTC) is nearby, providing aerospace workforce training
- NASA and OSIDA funding promotes aerospace science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education
Space Flight Liability and Immunity Act, 3 O.S. §§ 351-353 (effective Nov. 1, 2013)
To enhance and attract spaceflight opportunities, the Oklahoma Legislature passed House Bill 1882 in 2013. It is a liability and immunity act as described below:
A spaceflight entity is not generally liable for participant injury provided that the participant has been informed of the risks of spaceflight activity in the manner required by state and federal law and the participant has given informed consent. “Spaceflight entity” includes certain manufacturers and suppliers of components, services or vehicles.
OSIDA Video with Oklahoma's Governor, OSIDA executive director and former NASA shuttle astronaut
Oklahoma Space Port and the X-Prize Challenge
Lunar Lander Challenge at the X-Prize Cup