2014 International Space Development Conference


A Chapter of the National Space Society

Who We Are

        Oklahoma Space Alliance is the central Oklahoma Chapter of the National Space Society, one of the largest space advocacy groups in the country, and has existed for more than 20 years. Our purposes include promoting the exploration and development of space, educating the public to current events in space and the usefulness of an active space program, all with the intent of promoting a space-faring civilization.
        Oklahoma Space Alliance hosted the 23rd Annual International Space Development Conference on May 27-31, 2004. We previously hosted three Regional Space Development Conferences, assisted with earlier ISDCs, put displays in malls, hosted lectures, sponsored television interviews, hosted viewing nights, worked with other space-oriented groups and maintained local contact with the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority.
        Oklahoma Space Alliance helped out with the 2007 International Space Development Conference which was hosted by the National Space Society of North Texas in Dallas Texas from May 24 - 28, 2007, and put together a commemorative exhibit for the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11. This exhibit ran through July of 2009. (See below for details.)
        We do bimonthly newsletters called Outreach and Update to keep our members informed of current developments in space and upcoming events they might be interested in. Editor of Outreach is Syd Henderson and editor of Update is Claire McMurray.

        Oklahoma Space Alliance is now on Facebook at Oklahoma Space Alliance

March 2015 Outreach (pdf format)

January 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
February 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
March 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
July 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
November 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
2013 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)

March Meeting:

       Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at Denny’s Restaurant, SW 29th and I35, Oklahoma City.

2:00 PM

  1. What’s Happening; Let’s see and discuss articles, slides and videos of current Space and Space Industry news including launches, technology, developments, people and art. This segment includes a summary of OSA visit with Congressman Bridenstine and a special feature on Alan Bean (4th person to walk on the moon).
  2. Business Meeting
    1. Review Minutes
    2. New mail
    3. Treasurers Report
    4. Report on OSIDA
    5. Old Business
      1. Yuri’s Night
    6. New Business
  3. Informal Discussion and Departure

Minutes of February Meeting

       Oklahoma Space Alliance met at Harry Bears All-American Grill on Saturday, February 14. In attendance were Steve, Brian, and Karen Swift, Dave, Bill and Nathan Sheely, Rachelle, Gerry (sp.?) and Stephanie Thibedeau, Russ Davoren, Syd Henderson, Peggy McBride, Amanda Peaster, Vickey Richartz, Tim Scott, Rosemary Swift and Dennis Wigley. This was Bill, Nathan and Amanda’s first meeting. (Nathan was more of a drop-in.)
       Congressman Jim Bridenstine (1st District, which includes Tulsa) will meet with some of our members on Wednesday, February 18. He’s on the Science and Space subcommittee. Steve, Dave and Dennis are going, as is Ross Robinson.

       Yuri’s Night: Russ talked to the Stafford Museum. They are having a series of Smithsonian-type talks. They haven’t come up with anything definite. We may want to talk to them about Space Week in October.

       Steve wants to keep meetings at 2:00 p.m., but is looking for a larger space.

What’s Happening in Space:
       We watched a video with Gwynne Shotwell, the President and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX.
       The Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority has finally set its new website up. The website is http://airspaceportok.com/#home, and has a promotional video featuring Bill Khourie and Governor Mary Fallin.
       We watched a promotional video animation of Space X’s Falcon 9. ┬áSpaceX is accumulating landing pads at Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg Air Force Base.

E-mail from Don Whitney:


       “I have been an interested but passive member of OSA for a few years.   Another organization that I am active in is the Lions Club of Downtown OKC.   I am looking for a lunchtime speaker for Tuesday, April 21 and I would like to expose our Club membership to the exciting current developments in space.   Would a member of OSA be willing to speak to our group?  I noticed that the online UPDATE magazine has interesting articles and photos which could be converted to a PowerPoint presentation if you desired.
       “Please let me know if you would consider this space outreach opportunity and I will reply with more details.”
       Steve’s been in touch with Don about this opportunity.

                                                                        --Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

Outreach & Update

       Outreach and Update are the newsletters of Oklahoma Space Alliance. Outreach is published in odd-numbered months and is sent both by post and by e-mail. Update is published in even-number months and is sent by e-mail. The December Update is often replaced by a meeting announcement election ballot, in which case the November minutes will be published in the January Outreach. You must be a member of Oklahoma Space Alliance to receive Outreach by post unless you are on our courtesy list. To receive newsletters by e-mail, contact Syd Henderson at the address at the bottom of the page. The newsletters listed below are slightly edited to turn them into web pages.
        Outreach is edited by Syd Henderson, and Update by Steve Swift.

March 2015 Outreach (pdf format)

January 2013 Outreach
February 2013 Update
March 2013 Outreach
April 2013 Update
May 2013 Outreach
June 2013 Update
July 2013 Outreach( pdf format)
August 2013 Update (pdf format)
September 2013 Outreach (pdf format)
October 2013 Update (pdf format)
November 2013 Outreach (pdf format)
December 2013 Update (pdf format)
January 2014 Outreach (pdf format)
February 2014 Update (pdf format)
March 2014 Outreach (pdf format)
April 2014 Update (pdf format)
May 2014 Outreach (pdf format)
June 2014 Update (pdf format)
July 2014 Outreach (pdf format)
August 2014 Update (pdf format)
September 2014 Outreach (pdf format)
October 2014 Update (pdf format)
November 2014 Outreach (pdf format)
January 2015 Outreach (pdf format)
February 2015 Update (pdf format)
March 2015 Outreach (pdf format)
Earlier issues of Newsletters

Minutes of Oklahoma Space Alliance Meetings

Minutes of January 2013 Meeting*
Minutes of February 2013 Meeting
Minutes of March 2013 Meeting*
Minutes of April 2013 Meeting
Minutes of May 2013 Meeting
Minutes of June 2013 Meeting*
Minutes of July 2013 Meeting*
Minutes of August 2013 Meeting*
Minutes of September 2013 Meeting*
Minutes of October 2013 Meeting
Minutes of November 2013 Meeting & Christmas Party*
Minutes of January 2014 Meeting*
Minutes of February 2014 Meeting*
Minutes of March 2014 Meeting*
Notes on April 2014 event*
Minutes or May 2014 Meeting
Minutes of June 2014 Meeting and June 18 Special Meeting*
Minutes of July 2014 Meeting
Minutes of August 2014 Meeting*
Minutes of September 2014 Meeting
Minutes of October 2014 Meeting
Minutes of November 2014 Meeting
Minutes of December 2014 Meeting*
Minutes of January 2015 Meeting
Minutes of February 2015 Meeting
*Includes notes on OSIDA meeting

Minutes of previous meetings

Activities of Oklahoma Space Alliance in 2006

Activities of Oklahoma Space Alliance in 2007

Activities of Oklahoma Space Alliance in 2008

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