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 own group is small, and we are interested in increasing our membership. 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
October 2014 Update (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)
2013 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
Note the date change. The October meeting will be
on Sunday October 12 at 3:00 p.m.
Please note that we have a Guest Speaker!
This should be a great meeting.
Oklahoma Space Alliance Meeting
Sunday October 12, 2014
Place: Harry Bears Restaurant in Moore, OK
2113 Riverwalk Dr., Moore, OK
(2 tenths of Mile South of S. 19th
West of Frontage Road)
Our guest is Greg Rasnake Chief of Staff and
Deputy Director of Strategic Planning for
FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation.
Minutes of September 2014 Meeting:
Oklahoma Space Alliance met September 13, 2014 at Harry Bear’s All-American Grill in Moore, Oklahoma. Attending were Steve, Karen and Brian Swift, Vickey Richartz, Dave Sheely, Claire and Kip McMurray, Tim Scott, Penny and James McBride, Craig Crawford, Dennis Wigley, Arvind Srikanth and Syd Henderson. This was Arvind’s first meeting. He read about us on Meetup and came to meet us
Steve and Craig talked to a member of Congressman (and Senatorial candidate) Lankford’s staf for 90 minutes as part of the hometown blitz. Among other things, they discussed the commercial crew initiative, continued support of the International Space Station. They didn’t talk about rocket support from Alabama for the Space Launch System. They emphasized the Oklahoma Spaceport.
Steve has been talking to XCOR. Their craft is called Lynx and will go as high as 60 miles.
What’s Happening in Space:
Quote: “At the end of recruiting, NASA had many highly qualified individuals. They took six women and Arfican-American men. It was a very fulfilling accomplishment.”—Nichelle Nichols, who once helped NASA recruit new astronauts. Among these were Sally Ride, Judith Resnik and Charles Bolden.
Curiosity arrived at Mt. Sharp. It is part of an effort to find out what Mt. Sharp is made of. It would be particularly interesting if it were composed at least in part of sedimentary rock.
A hypothetical resonant cavity thruster is being investigated by NASA. It would require no propellant, and uses some sort of electical propulsion. [This sounds a bit like getting something for nothing, but I wonder if it might be exploiting the Earth’s magnetic field. A few years ago, NASA was investigating the possibility of generating electricity through a cable cutting Earth’s magnetic field, and it was suggested that this could be used to move spacecraft.]
Climate change by microbes might cause a mass extinction event. [The Permian, I believe.]
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.
October 2014 Update (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)
Earlier issues of Newsletters
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
*Includes notes on OSIDA meeting
Minutes of previous meetings
Contact person for Oklahoma Space Alliance is Claire McMurray
PO Box 1003
Norman, OK 73070
Webmaster is Syd Henderson.
Copyright 2014 Oklahoma Space Alliance.