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Oklahoma State University is the leader in aerospace within our state. We’ve had a partnership with NASA for more than 50 years. We’ve been training pilots for more than 80 years. Our depth and breadth of knowledge, faculty and research investments cannot be matched. The Oklahoma Aerospace Institute for Research and Education (OAIRE) will bring the state’s aerospace innovation economy together under one umbrella. OAIRE will support ongoing and future partnerships between university, commercial, military and government agencies, becoming a valuable resource for developing Oklahoma’s aerospace ecosystem. That includes generating high-tech jobs and cutting-edge research that brings commercial enterprise and military sustainment support to the state. The comprehensive scope of OAIRE also includes K-12 outreach programs focused on STEM connections, building the Oklahoma aerospace workforce pipeline and promoting community involvement.
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Hamm Institute for American Energy

The Hamm Institute will become the center of all things America energy. It will host symposiums, authors, speakers, energy summits and global energy leadership conversations. The building will eventually house the Oklahoma Hall of Energy Legends Interactive Museum, a public exhibit highlighting the history and storied legacy of Oklahoma's greatest energy leaders.

NASA Integrations

NASA Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium

Space Grant is a national network of colleges and universities. These institutions are working to expand opportunities for Americans to understand and participate in NASA's aeronautics and space projects by supporting and enhancing science and engineering education, research and public outreach efforts.

Oklahoma NASA EPSCoR

The goal of Oklahoma NASA EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable researchers in Oklahoma to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research.


Combining assets, curriculum and expertise from NASA and OSU, NSPACE pioneers STEM education opportunities for students, educators, and more across the nation.

Students and OAIRE


Speedfest is a high-speed aircraft design, build-and-fly competition for high school and college students hosted annually by Oklahoma State University. OSU teams have placed first and second in Speedfest since the event began in 2011. Prior to hosting Speedfest, OSU dominated in the nation’s largest aerospace engineering contest — American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Student Design/Fly/Build competition — beating rivals like MIT and the University of Texas, winning first and second five times between 2004 and 2010.

Space Cowboys

NASA’s Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams program challenges undergraduates to design and test a tool that addresses a current space exploration problem. OSU has had at least one team selected for the program annually since 2015.

High-Power Rocketry Team

OSU’s rocketry team has won the Argonia Cup rocket competition since its inception in 2017. OSU’s latest design includes an autonomous glider that ejects from the rocket at an altitude of 12,000 feet and returns the payload to within two-tenths of a mile of its launch site.



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