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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

October 2015 Update (pdf format)

Space Priorities (pdf format)

July 2015 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)

2013 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)

Oklahoma Space Alliance October Meeting:

            Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. 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.
            We are going to have a what’s happening meeting and a business meeting, then take off to the Warren Theatre, 1000 Telephone Road, several blocks north of Earl’s to see “The Martian.” Show time is 5:15pm for 3D, 3:45m or 6:00 pm for 2D. (Unfortunately the IMAX is booked for “The Walk.”)

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

  1. What's Happening (Steve Swift)
    1. Current Space News
    2. Great Pictures from Space
    3. Liquid Water on Mars
    4. Las Vegas Odds on Who Will Get to Mars First
    5. A Vision of the Future
    6.   Lunar XPrize News
    7. SpaceX and VG News
    8. Pictures and Videos of 13 Launches in 5 Weeks
  2. Discuss Business
    1. Summary of September Meeting
    2. Review OSA Accounts
  3. Directions for Martian Movie after meeting
  4. OSIDA Meeting Report
  5. Chat

Minutes of September Oklahoma Space Alliance Meeting

            Oklahoma Space Alliance met September 12 at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore. In attendance were Steve, Karen and Brian Swift, Russ Davoren, Vickey Richartz, Brent Shambaugh, Dave Sheely, Rosemary Swift, Tim Scott, Rachelle Thibodeau, Isvin Prieto, Kip and Claire McMurray, Richard Holtzschue, Will Decker and Syd Henderson. This was Brent and Isvin’s first meeting.
            Russ Davoren was our guest speaker and showed some of his space memorabilia. Russ has a book with signatures of all 12 Apollo astronauts who walked on the Moon. He showed us a checklist from Buzz Aldrin for the Gemini XII spacecraft, and an envelope with the signatures of the Apollo 11 astronauts.
            Over 100 people have signed up on Meetup.
            The National Transportation Safety Board has released its findings on the Virgin Galactic destruction, blaming it on pilot error.
            XCOR is raising its passenger ticket prices from $100,000 to $150,000, which is still $50,000 less than Virgin Galactic.
            We watched a Blue Origin promotional video. Bezos will be making an announcement on September 15 on Blue Origin’s plans in Florida. [They plan to build and launch vehicles in Florida, investing $200 million,  Blue Origin has leased Launch Complex 36 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the historic site of 145 launches, including those of Pioneer 10 from NASA, the first spacecraft to visit Jupiter, and Surveyor 1, the first craft to make a soft landing on the moon. See http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/16/science/space/jeff-bezos-rocket-company-to-build-and-launch-in-florida.html?_r=0]
            SpaceX’s Falcon 9 is undergoing pre-flight testing before returning to flight.
            The Antares rocket (Orbital Services) will return in the spring of 2016. Orbital Services will do a launch with United Launch Alliance in March.
            Boeing’s crew vehicle will be the CST-100.
            Kip mentioned that if we adjust for inflation, we have already reached the 70s goal of a $1000 per pound launch.
            We watched a video of China launching satellites on Long March. You can see the ice falling off the rocket.
Business Meeting:
            We now have $994.13 in account and $258.51 in cash, and have 27 paying members.
            The Martian starts in movie theaters on October 2. World Space Week is October 4 through 10, and our meeting is on the 10th. Proposal is to have a short meeting then go see The Martian at the Warren.
            We have a charter but have lost the bylaws.
            The NSS Chapters Assembly has decided that their meetings can also be attended. Each chapter with less than 50 members gets a delegate [I think larger chapters get more than one], so we can elect a Chapters Assembly representative. Dave Sheely was elected.
--Minutes by Oklahoma Space Alliance 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.

    October 2015 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)
    November 2014 Outreach (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)

    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
    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

    *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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