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
September 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)
2013 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet from 3:15 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 13, 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.
Saturday September 13, 2014
Place: Harry Bears in Moore, OK
Space Blitz Report:
“Craig Crawford and I had a great meeting with Austin Manger, a staff member for Congressman and Senate candidate James Lankford. We asked for 10 minutes and got an hour and 15 minutes.
“I presented the attached Blitz talking points page, and we discussed space issues and opportunities. I also gave him an ad Astra, our last UPDATE, the paper I presented to OSIDA in July and some of our brochures.
“He wants us to send him 1 page position papers on space topics as the need arises. He asked to be added to our online mail list. He said he would take our 1-page talking points to Lankford. He agreed that he would use OSA as a resource for space issues and questions.
“Overall it was an excellent meeting.
“Claire, Please add our success with this meeting to the NSS Home District Blitz status.”
Minutes of August Meeting
Oklahoma Space Alliance met at Harry Bears All-American Grill on August 9. In attendance were Steve, Karen and Brian Swift, Tim Scott, Don Robinson, Dave Sheely and Syd Henderson.
We currently have $813 in the bank and $267 in cash.
Art Contest: A necessary missing piece is the software to put the artwork on line. We may have to go outside our group. Do it all digital and have a sheet so they can give us permission to post artwork and whether to use a child’s name online.
Hometown Blitz: Claire has agreed to meet with Inhofe and Steve asked meet with the Lankford campaign. In whose district is the Oklahoma Spaceport? [Answer: Frank Lucas, 3rd District.]
Steve, David, Claire and Syd have signed up for Meetup.
XCor is doing a program for Student Suborbital Payloads. Steve has received a description of a payload.
Dave Sheely did an overview of US Export Control law and how they apply to commercial space. This includes the International Traffic and Arms Regulation (ITAR), Export Administration Regulation (EAR), and the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTRC).
ITAR is administrated by the Department of State and includes the United States Munitions List. Space vehicles appear on the USML since they are also potential weapons or can bear potential weapons. This includes launch vehicles, explosives and propellants.
NASA’s exemptions do not apply EAR under all circumstances and never when dealing with foreign persons of proscribed countries. Included among these are rival powers such as China and Iran, and unstable countries such as Iraq, Somalia and Burundi. The EAR is administered by the Department of Commerce.
Section 9 of the EAR is Propulsion Systems, Space Vehicles and Related Equipment, and you can find it here:
www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/regulations/export-administration-regulations-ear (This is the most recent version, and may not be exactly what Dave presented.)
The MTCR consists of the following 34 countries:
Czech Republic (1998)
New Zealand (1991)
Republic of Korea (2001)
Russian Federation (1995)
South Africa (1995)
United Kingdom (1987)
United States of America (1987)
[China, Israel, Romania and the Slovak Republic voluntarily abide by the MTCR’s export laws despite not being members of the MTCR. China has applied but hasn’t been accepted due to concerns about its export standards.--SFH]
What’s Happening is online as part of http://chapters.nss.org/ok/Update1408.pdf.
Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson
Notes on August 13 OSIDA Meeting
The Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority met at 1:30 August 13, 2014 in the Department of Transportation Commission Room. Topics of discussion include the following:
Reported by OSA President, Stephen Swift
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.
September 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)
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*
*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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