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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

June 2015 Update (pdf format)

Space Priorities (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)

International Space Development Conference

        The 34th annual ISDC is in Toronto, Canada May 21- 24. The theme is Next Breakthrough Technologies. These include 3D printing, gene splicing, nuclear fusion, and electric and magnetic propulsion (and whatever that controversial reactionless drive is that NASAs studying).  There is also the Space Innovation Business Summit on May 20, which is a separate registration from the ISDC.
Guests include Anousheh Ansari, Lori Garver, physicist Kip Thorne and Buzz Aldrin. The website is isdc2015.nss.org/wordpress/, and you can register for both the ISDC® and the Summit.

Oklahoma Space Alliance Meeting

June Meeting:

        Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 on Saturday, June 13 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.

Saturday June 13, 2014

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

  1. What's Happening (Steve Swift)
    1. Current Space News, Pictures, Videos & Links
  2. Discuss Business
    1. Summary of May Meeting
    2. Review OSA Accounts
    3. Discuss Common Interests with Students for Exploration and Development of Space
  3. NSS News (Claire)
    1. NSS Position Paper on CIS lunar development
    2. Presentation of Chapter Award
    3. NSS Board refused to take position on SLS
    4. Pluto Party
  4. OSIDA Meeting Report (meeting cancelled)
  5. Chat

Minutes for May Meeting:

         Oklahoma Space Alliance met May 9 at Harry Bears All-American Grill in Moore, Oklahoma. In attendance were Steve and Brian Swift, Dave Sheely, Peggy and James McBride, Tim Scott, Dennis Wigley, Don Robinson, Richard Holtzschue, Will Decker, John Northcutt, Claire and Clifford McMurray, Vickey Richartz and Syd Henderson.
        Michael Coffman from Greg Rasnake’s office at FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation was our guest speaker. Mr. Coffman gave us an overview of Commercial Space Activity. Commercial space regulation was given in 1984 to the Aerospace Transportation (AST) office within the FAA, and apparently the proper abbreviation is AST rather than CSA. It's one of four sections of the FAA, the others being Aviation Safety, Airports, and Air Traffic Organization. AST is the smallest of these, and has 0.0018% of the FAA budget. [I think he may have slipped a decimal point or two there.] There are 80 people in the AST office. Greg Rasnake and Michael Coffman are under Strategic Planning.
        Title 51 of the US Code Subtitle V Ch. 509, the Commercial Space Launch Act (CSLA) authorizes the FAA to license commercial launch and reentry sites as carried out by citizens of the United States. Launch authority over commercial space flight was given to it in 1984, reentry authorization in 1998, and commercial human space flight in 2004. A permit is needed for launch, for vehicle operation, and for reentry. However, the AST has no authority over government launches. The CLSA does, however, have authority over US citizens or entities organized under US laws launching outside the US.
        The AST office is involved in

  1. Commercial launch and reentry licenses
  2. Commercial launch site licenses
  3. Experimental permits
  4. Safety approvals.
  5. Inspection of launch operations and sites.

        Tickets are $95,000 for XCOR, $250,000 for SpaceShipTwo, and $30 million for a Soyuz flight into orbit.
In 2014-15 the AST gave out 234 launch licenses. There were 38 permitted launches, 8 licensed reentries, and 8 launch operating licenses.
Stratolaunch can launch over land.
        An east coast launch affected nearly 200 airplane flights. A west coast launch only affected 41.
AST presence in Oklahoma is at the FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center at Will Rogers International Airport in Oklahoma City to develop relations and eventually programs with MMAC partners.

Business meeting:
        Claire announced that so many people are opting for the cheaper digital membership that the price of the print edition of Ad Astra is going up.
When we give out copies of Ad Astra, be sure to put our chapter code (661) in the membership signup form.
        Cliff McMurray spoke at the Lions Club to 30 to 40 people.

What's Happening in Space?
        The first test flight of Blue Origin's New Shepard Rocket went to 60 miles.
        SpaceX launched a satellite to GSO for Turkmenistan. When SpaceX launches a Falcon 9 to GSO, it doesn't attempt a landing of the capsule.
        The United Launch Alliance is trying an initiative called SMART which will capture a booster's engine by mid-air capture. They are also creating an Advanced Cryogenic Evolved Stage which will be capable of indefinitely many burns.
        Mars has glaciers! (That are buried by dust.)
                                                                -Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

Notes on May 13 OSIDA Meeting:

        The Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority (OSIDA) met May 13 in the Oklahoma  Department of Transportation Building in Oklahoma City. All seven board members were present. Steve Swift and Syd Henderson were present on behalf of Oklahoma Space Alliance.         OSIDA Executive Bill Khourie couldn’t make it this meeting because he was at the Air Traffic Control Symposium in Atlantic City, where Bill is participating in a Commercial Space panel. Nicola Borghini, Deputy Executive Director, Operations and Business Development Manager, presented the Executive Director’s material to the Board.
        The Taxi Way lighting rehabilitation and sealant is finally complete.
        Cessna continued flight testing on two weekends, including under wet conditions.
        Spirit Wing Aviation will be doing flight tests at the spaceport for at least one month and possibly up to twelve months.
        The Space Flight Corridor was under review on April 27th [and apparently passed]. This corridor was first approved for the Oklahoma Spaceport in 2003.
        Bill Khourie was invited to discuss integration of Commercial Space Launch and Re-Entry Operations in the National Aerospace System, which was a panel at the ATC Symposium in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
                                                                     -Notes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

Note: The June OSIDA meeting was canceled due to lack of a quorum.

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.

June 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)
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*
*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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