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
May 2015 Outreach (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 NASA’s 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 will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015 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.
Oklahoma Space Alliance Meeting
Minutes of April Meeting
Oklahoma Space Alliance met April 11 at the Norman Public Library. In attendance were Steve and Karen Swift, James and Peggy McBride, Gary, Rachelle and Stephanie Thibedeau, Tim Scott, Russ Davoren, Dennis Wigley, Dave Sheely, Craig Crawford, and Syd Henderson. We also had a guest named Michael.
This was the meeting closest to Yuri’s Night (which is April 12), so we had our annual Celebration of Space Flight as part of the meeting, with a wide variety of food and refreshment. We watched a video on Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space, and also commemorated Alan Shepard, the first American in Space, and John Glenn, the first American (and third human) to orbit the Earth. Steve thinks it was a good thing that the first person in space was a Russian.
Space X’s Dragon capsule is currently the only commercial spacecraft that can bring back a significant amount of material from the Space Station. Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser will be the second.
What’s Happening in Space (more details are in the April Update, which was posted a week after the meeting):
There were eight launches in six days in late March, by various nations. These included a Delta IV launch on March 25, a Russian launch of a South Korean satellite on March 25, a Japanese spy satellite launch on March 26, the Soyuz 13 launch by Russia from Kazakhstan to the Space Station on March 27 (the one-year crew launch), an Ariane launch of a Galileo navigation satellite on March 27, India’s Polar Science Launch vehicle on March 28, China’s Long March 3C on March 30, and a Russian launch of navigation satellites on March 31.
Steve talked about electric propulsion keeping satellites’ orbits from decaying. This lowers the mass of satellites.
A Cosmic Lifestyle Corporation’s Kickstarter has produced a cocktail glass for zero-g. The glass (it actually looks like plastic to me, but it has the shape of a cocktail glass has a grooved surface to which liquid adheres and which direct the liquid to the astronaut’s mouth. The glass can be fabricated with a 3D printer, though the drink (and the astronaut) cannot.
We watched a video, “Wanderers” originally narrated by Carl Sagan.
Dennis showed us amateur photography of the Space Station from the surface of the Earth by his astronomical partners, by processing images from other photographers.
We talked about possible meeting rooms. Room C at the Norman Public Library was quite full at the April meeting. Meeting room B is twice as big, and Steve would like to get it for our talk in May. (We didn’t. This room is in great demand.)
Russ and Steve have had little contact with the Stafford Space Museum. The June event, the Apollo-Soyuz reunion, is quite pricey, with tickets over $100.
The International Astronomical Union is allowing the general public to vote on names for exoplanets. The host stars can also be named unless they already have names. Of the original list of 20 stars, five have common names: Fomalhaut, Pollux, Errai (gamma Cephei), Ain (epsilon Tauri, the Bull’s eye), and iota Draconis (Edasich), and these stars will not be renamed. The names are to be selected from a list compiled earlier by astronomy clubs, planetariums and other astronomy associated organizations. However, the final voting is open to the public, either as individuals or as organizations. (So Oklahoma Space Alliance could register as a group.)
The website to register is http://www.nameexoworlds.org/ and the deadline is June 11.
If you’re interested in how the list was compiled and what the criteria were, visit http://www.nameexoworlds.org/the_process. You’ll be thankful that they took precautions against people naming a star for their poodle.
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.
May 2015 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)
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)
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
*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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