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
April 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)
2013 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
Minutes of March Oklahoma Space Alliance Meeting
Oklahoma Space Alliance met at Harry Bear’s All-American Grill in Moore on March 8. In attendance were Steve, Karen and Bryan Swift, Dennis Wigley, Vickey Richartz, Claire McMurray, Dave Sheely, Tim Scott, John Northcutt and Syd Henderson.
Celebration of Spaceflight: The Stafford Museum has a new Apollo 13 display. We’ll get to talk a bit about space at 7:00 p.m. We’re allowing $100 for stacks. Event is $5.00 per person, but we’re covering the people from Norman. Norman High School is willing to promote our event, but Norman North High School hasn’t responded. We should approach the Oklahoma School of Science and Math.
If a group of kids is going together, there should have a responsible adult with them. We would like it to be someone at the school.
There’s an OSU professor who directed the Mars Habitat project.
The bus, if we get one, will be $20 a person. We may be able to get a lower price if we shop around. Do we want to subsidize? Do we need a lift?
We voted to go forward, but didn’t vote to subsidize. Are we at a point where we can consider subsidizing students and chaperones? We voted yes to consider it.
We need to talk to SoonerCon about panels and tables.
Our projector was broken this month, so Steve presented what’s happening verbally. Articles and links can be found at http://chapters.nss.org/ok/1403%20Whats%20Happening.pdf.
Quotation of the Month: “You can not always be first, but you can be excellent!” Astronaut Mae Jemison.
On Valentine’s Day, International Launch Services launched a Turkish satellite that will broadcast throughout the Middle East.
The FAA approved a Blue Origin doing further launches up to 100,000 feer from their test site in west Texas.
The US House of Representatives Science Committee has recently passed an unprecedented bill to formally prohibit NASA from terminating a program within that agency. The bill makes NASA compete with private enterprise through spending billions on pet programs. [Note: our headline last month indicated the House itself passed the bill, but it appears it was the committee who passed it. It doesn’t appear the House has voted on it.]
Astronaut Susan Hill recently retired as a two-star general. She also flew on five shuttle missions and served a stint on the International Space Station.
A large meteor exploded over Santa Fe, Argentina on February 19. It was heard over a 200 mile radius. No injuries reported.
Geosynchronous satellites are lighter than they used to be. They have fuel, but there is a tendency toward electrical operations. This is causing a problem for Arianespace, which specializes in heavy launches.
Notes on March 12 OSIDA Meeting
The OSIDA board met on January 8, 2014 in the conference room at the Department of Transportation Building in Oklahoma City. Board members present were R. Allen Goodbary, Don Wetekam, Jack Bonny, Jay Edwards, James Cunningham and Robert Cox. OSIDA Executive Director Bill Khourie, and legal adviser Brinda White, secretary Kim Vowell and Gary Foster were also present on for the Oklahoma Space Port. There were three in the audience, with Syd Henderson attending of behalf of Oklahoma Space Alliance.
Gary Foster is the new operations manager of the Oklahoma Spaceport. He was an officer at Tinker Air Force Base and has an MBA. He lives in Oklahoma City and stays in a hotel when working at the Spaceport. He may eventually more to the Clinton-Burns Flat area.
Additions to the Operation Center include a backup generator.
Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb visited the Spaceport. Bill let him know funding is the biggest problem. Lt. Governor Lamb was very complementary.
OSIDA is finally getting on fast track regarding website. General Edwards asked why we didn’t continue to use the old website. Bill said it was very difficult to upgrade.
Repairs are underway on the Control Tower offices, with replacement of rotten wood being a priority.
Last year hangers 117, 231 and 232 had roof damage from severe storms and Bill is contacting a contractor. The insurance company has looked at, but it’s been over a year with no action. Oklahoma Spaceport has done patchwork.
OSIDA voted to extend JUA (?) for another year,
The New Mexico Spaceport has a 10,000 foot runway. They are planning to transition from a private to public runway.
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 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)
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*
. *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.
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