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
November 2014 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)
Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet from 3:15 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at Harry Bears All-American Grill, 2113 Riverwalk Dr., Moore, Oklahoma, (2 tenths of Mile South of S. 19th And West of I35 Frontage Road). The number is 405-799-2327.
This is the meeting at which we nominate officers. If you wish to serve as an officer of Oklahoma Space Alliance, please let us know at the meeting or contact Syd by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Syd will be sending out election ballots around the beginning of December by both e‑mail and snail mail. If you wish to be an officer, please contact him by December 1. Elections will be held at the Christmas Party
Saturday November 8, 2014
Place: Harry Bears in Moore, OK
1) Discuss Activities
a. Summary of August Meeting
b. Student Projects
c. Nomination of Officers
d. OSIDA Meeting (none)
e. Treasurers Report
f.. Christmas Party
2) What's Happening (Steve Swift)
a. Space News, Pictures, Videos & Links
3) Discussion Topic: What do you say when someone says commercial space is too expensive or too dangerous?
Minutes of October Meeting
Oklahoma Space Alliance met at Harry Bears All-American Grill on Sunday, October 12. Attending were Steve, Karen and Brian Swift, Vickey Richartz, Greg Rasnake, Dave Sheely, Greg, Caitlyn (?) and Stephanie Thibodeaux, Don Robinson, Russ Davoren, Penny McBride, Craig Crawford and Syd Henderson.
This was our Space Week celebration, a couple of days late to accommodate our speaker. Mr. Rasnake is Deputy Director of Strategic Planning for FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation, and our guest speaker. The purpose of the office is ensuring public property and national security and foreign policy of the United States during commercial launch and re-entry.
The FAA has 40,000 employees, most of them being air traffic controllers followed by security. The Office of Commercial Space Transportation had eighty people.
Insurance for commercial space flights can go up to a billion dollars. The CST can issue fines but has never had to issue one to the space industry. The commercial space industry effectively regulates itself.
The number of commercial space launches per year was 4 in 2010, 5 in 2011, 3 in 2012 and 18 in 2013. The number is expected to rise rapidly, and projections for 2023 are a baseline of 120, with 50 being conservative and 230-330 being expansive. There could be 50 next year. [That seems doubtful now with the twin accidents to the Cygnus cargo craft and SpaceShipTwo.--Syd]
The CAMI medical institute is in OKC. Mr. Rasnake will be staying in the area for several months and hopes to attend OSA meetings.
Other news: The “vomit comet” can use the Oklahoma Spaceport’s air corridor.
Sierra Nevada is developing a 3-astronaut suborbital spacecraft, a scaled-down version of the Dream Chaser vehicle being developed as part of the Commercial Crew project.
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.
November 2014 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)
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
Minutes of October 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.