- What is this site all about?
Basically this site should be considered a clearinghouse o information related the Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission.
- Is this an official site?
No. All information reflected on this site is either from personal notes or handouts given at meetings.
- What is the Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission?
The Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission (ASSEC) is a group of 18 people appointed by the Governor of the State of Alabama to serve various terms (4 or 8 years) overseeing the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, U.S. Space Camp and Aviation Challenge. All activities of the ASSEC are governed by the Code of Alabama 1975
You may also see me refer to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Foundation which is basically the fund-raising arm of the ASSEC. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center Foundation is a legal separate entity that has it’s own board and is not under direct control of the ASSEC but by law one member of the ASSEC must overlap on the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Foundation.
- I see you use the term Executive Director instead of CEO – Why?
There reason I use the term Executive Director is because by law (Code of Alabama Section 41-9-432-13) the ASSEC is only allowed to hire an Executive Director not a CEO. I’m not sure where in Sprocket history the title CEO came in.
In one of the recent ASSEC Executive Committee meetings this was noted and should be the new title given.
- Who can attend ASSEC (and ASSEC Committee) meetings / How did you get invited to attend?
First and foremost I wasn’t invited. As a citizen of the State of Alabama you and are allowed to attend any public meeting of any public agency. The Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission is a state agency as defined by Code of Alabama Section 41-9-430. If you want to find out when the next meeting is simply visit https://www.openmeetings.alabama.gov/generalpublic/display_notices.aspx and search for Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission.
The system can also be configured to send you e-mails as meeting notices are subject to change. The ASSEC has a very dependable assistant who does a great job keeping all the meeting notices to date and in order along with records requests. (Celia rocks!)
To attend simply go to the security/employee entrance near the shuttle park (aka The Bush Room) and tell the guard you wish to attend. They will get you badged and escorted.
- How much state funding is given to the center? ~ B
Great Question! I did some research last night and a good friend gave me a great site that really helped clear up the question.
The answer is $519,614.00 in FY10 and $531,097 in FY11 from the Alabama Educational Trust Fund.
- You have mentioned the Code of Alabama when referring to the Alabama Space Science Exhibit Foundation Commission. Where can you read the code? ~A
Another great question. First the legal entity that operates the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is called the Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission (ASSEC). There is also a U.S. Space & Rocket Center Foundation that does a great job of serving as the fund-raising arm of the USSRC/ASSEC. You can read the various sections of the Alabama Code that mention the ASSEC at http://www.legislature.state.al.us/codeofAlabama/1975/122649.htm. You will need to scroll down to Article 15 to see the various sections that relate to the ASSEC.
- Who are members of the Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission (ASSEC) – Who are members of ________ Committee?
Members of the Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission are appointed by the Governor of Alabama. A full list of ASSEC members can be found at (Page Offline). I will be posting a list of the members of the standing committees soon.
- (Are) the Huntsville Botanical Gardens located on land owned by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center? ~T
Yes. The land is leased to the City of Huntsville and then sub-leased by the gardens.
- What happened to Space Camp Florida/California (Aviation Challenge California)?
The short version is those camps were owned and operated by the U.S. Space Camp Foundation. The foundation operated the Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titusville, Florida which housed Space Camp Florida, U.S. Space Camp California located at Moffett Field just outside NASA’s Ames Research Center and Aviation Challenge California at the former Castle Air Force Base. The U.S Space Camp Foundation closed the camps and ceased operations. The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame was sold for $100,000 at auction to SouthTrust Bank which in turn sold it to Delaware North – the vendor that runs the Kennedy Space Center.
- I have a question I would like answered…
No problem send it to Wes@sprocketeers.org and I will do my best to get it answered and listed here.