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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 2016 Outreach (pdf format)
April 2016 Update (pdf format)

Space Priorities (pdf format)

March 2016 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
January 2016 What's Happening In Space (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)
March 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
May 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
July 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
September 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
November 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
January 2016 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)

2013 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)

(Note, during even months, "What's Happening in Space" is incorporated in Update.)

July 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)

April Meeting and Celebration of Space Flight:

         Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Earl's Rib Palace, 920 SW 25th St, Moore, OK. This is between the 1-35 West Frontage Road and Telegraph Road, a couple of blocks south of Harry Bears. Telephone number is 793-7427, or call Syd at 365-8983.

Saturday April 9 2016

Place:   Earl’s Rib Palace
Moore Oklahoma
2:00-5:00 PM

  1. Introductions
  2. Presentation by Michael Coffman from the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation
  3. Space News Pictures and Videos by Steve Swift
  4. Break
  5. Video: Transorbital Railroad by Dr. Robert Zubrin
  6. Discuss Business
    1. Review OSA Accounts
    2. Summary of March Meeting
    3. Discuss OSA Major Events in 2016
  7. Directions to Cliff and Claire’s home for Celebration of Space Flight Pizza Party
  8. Chat

            We will be having a pizza party after the meeting at Claire and Kip McMurray's house, 2715 Aspen Circle in Norman. Please call 329-4326 or 365-8983 for directions.

Minutes of March 2016 OSA Meeting

            Oklahoma Space Alliance met Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore on March 12, 2016. Attending were Steven and Karen Swift, Brian Swift, Peggy and James McBride, Rosemary Swift, Dennis Wigley, Claire and Clifford McMurray and Syd Henderson.
            Our quote of the month is from Jeff Bezos, speaking at a tour of the Blue Origin facility, “…I think space is chock full of resources…”
We started off with “What’s happening in space.” This is online at http://chapters.nss.org/ok/1603%20Whats%20Happening.pdf so I’ll just hit some highlights.
            NASA has selected 18,300 applications for its new crew of astronauts, which is not only a new record, but beats the old record set in 1978 by more than ten thousand. Over the next year and a half these will be winnowed down to about a dozen candidates.
Steve found an article about the top ten space apps. Among these are Exoplanet (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/exoplanet/id327702034?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4), which helps you keep tabs on current news about extrasolar planets; Sky Safari 3, a skywatching aid that has information on 40000 stars and 220 star clusters, nebulas and galaxies (apparently available for Macs and Android systems; there’s a small charge for it);  and Satellite Flybys, which has information on transiting satellites (there’s a small charge for this as well).
            We watched a video with a panoramic tour of the plane of the Milky Way. It’s available at http://spaceref.com/astronomy/atlasgal-survey-of-milky-way-completed.html.
            Clifford: Alpha Centauri has habitable zones around both Alpha Centauri A and B. [But not Proxima, which is not only a red dwarf but a flare star.—SFH]
            Space X will be launching two Bigelow inflatable modules to be attached to the Space Station, on one of their next two resupply missions. The next such mission is this month.
            XCOR has developed the 5H25 rocket engine for the United Launch Alliance (ULA). They are now working on a liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen engine, the 8H21.
            We watched a video of highlights from the first decade of observations from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. You can watch this at http://tinyurl.com/h3z3xu6 [space.com link].
            We watched a video from the Harvard Business School Alumni on technologies that can make interplanetary travel more possible. These include the space elevator, Project Orion and the very speculative Alcubierre drive, which would work by expanding and contracting spacetime.

Other topics:
            Chris Lavender has a book (?) on The Next Interplanetary Economy, about extracting materials from near-earth asteroids, and we discussed the topic. One calculation is that single 500-meter asteroid contains more platinum than has been mined in human history.
Steve would like to have someone find topics for discussion. We already have a speaker from the FAA lined up for April.
Special offer for members of NSS chapters: Any chapter member who registers for ISDC will get 25% back (assuming the conference makes money).
            Syd and Kip will be panelists at Soonercon.
            We discussed activities with which we might approach the Stafford Museum. Can we approach Shannon Lucid? We need to know how much advance warning the Museum needs. Kip recommends we make this a weekend event.
            We don’t know of any Yuri’s Night activities (locally). Our next meeting is April 9; we’ll go to Claire and Clifford McMurray’s later that evening and have a pizza party.
                                                --Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

Notes on March 9 OSIDA Meeting
            The Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority (OSIDA) board met on March 9 in the conference room at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Building in Oklahoma City. Board members present were Chairman James Cunningham, Jack Bonny, Jay Edwards, Don Wetakam, Robert Cox, and Bailey Siegfried.
            Congressman Bridenstine continues to advocate commercial space. He has distributed a copy of a long document of space priorities to Congress and also the OSIDA board. Steve has obtained a copy.
            They didn’t see anything in the space budget to support spaceports.
            They are still trying to get the decrepit warehouses torn down. A state environmental group is coming to look at them.
            The state budget situation continues to worsen. Bill says all state agencies will be affected.
            There is now an official symbol for spaceports on FAA charts. Logically enough, it’s a rocket. I don’t know if the Oklahoma Air and Spaceport would have an airplane and rocket both.
            Virgin Galactic is offering passenger flights for $50,000 per seat. SpaceX is doing fine. XCOR may be having problems.
            OSIDA and the Air Force have extended the joint use agreement for another five years.
            Main thing in business draft plan is to publicize OSIDA.
                                    --Notes 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.

April 2016 Update (pdf format)

January 2015 Outreach (pdf format)
February 2015 Update (pdf format)
March 2015 Outreach (pdf format)
April 2015 Update (pdf format)
May 2015 Outreach (pdf format)
June 2015 Update (pdf format)
July 2015 Outreach (pdf format)
September 2015 Outreach (pdf format)
October 2015 Update (pdf format)
November 2015 Outreach (pdf format)
January 2016 Outreach (pdf format)
February 2016 Update (pdf format)
March 2016 Outreach (pdf format)
April 2016 Update (pdf format)
Earlier issues of Newsletters

Minutes of Oklahoma Space Alliance Meetings

Minutes of January 2015 Meeting
Minutes of February 2015 Meeting
Minutes of March 2015 Meeting*
Minutes of April 2015 Meeting
Minutes of May 2015 Meeting*
Minutes of June 2015 Meeting*
Minutes of July 2015 Meeting
Minutes of August 2015 Meeting*
Minutes of September 2015 Meeting
Minutes of October 2015 Meeting*
Minutes of November 2015 Meeting*
Minutes of December 2015 Meeting*
Minutes of January 2016 Meeting
Minutes of February 2016 Meeting
Minutes of March 2016 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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