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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

November 2015 Outreach (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)

November Meeting:

         Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015 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.
         This is the meeting at which we nominate officers. If you wish to serve as an officer of Oklahoma Space Alliance, please let us know at the meeting or contact Syd by e-mail at sydh@ou.edu. Syd will be sending out election ballots around the beginning of December by both e‑mail and snail mail. If you wish to be an officer, please contact him by December 1. Elections will be held at the Christmas Party.

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

  1. Introductions
  2. Space Fence (David Sheely)
  3. What's Happening (Steve Swift), Current Space News, Pictures, Videos & Links
    1. Kennedy Space Center Changes
    2. Thumb Sized Satellites
    3. Cygnus Spacecraft Flight Plans
    4. Masten Systems
    5. Human Flight Status
    6. Recent Launches to Orbit
    7. SpaceX Events and Plans
  4. Discuss Business
    1. Review OSA Accounts
    2. Summary of August Meeting
    3. Nominations of 2016 Officers
    4. OSA Christmas Party
  5. OSA Charter
  6. OSIDA Meeting Report
  7. Chat

Minutes of October 10 Meeting

         Oklahoma Space Alliance met at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore on October 10. Attending were Steve, Karen and Brian Swift, Patrick Cox, Will Decker, Russ Davoren, Christopher Gutierrez, Richard Holtzschue, Cliff McMurray, Isvin Prieto, Vickey Richartz, Tim Scott, Rosemary Swift, Rachelle Thibodeau, Dennis Wigley and Syd Henderson. This was Patrick’s first meeting.
         October 10 was the last day of World Space Week. [Comment: World Space Week is October 4 -10 of each year, and is the largest space-related celebration of the year, involving 1503 events this year in more than 80 countries. Sputnik 1 was launched on October 4, 1957 and the Outer Space Treaty was signed on October 10, 1967.] Our meeting was planned to be shortened so people could see The Martian afterward.
         Steve delivered a President’s address, which was published in last month’s Update. For those who don’t have internet access, I reproduce it here:

     " Fully recognizing that progress in space exploration and settlement must proceed on a step by step basis, I sometimes need to pause, looking past the detail, and envision where all this space activity may lead.  The following thoughts were selected from a vision I expressed in 2012 in a paper titled Dancing among the Stars:
      "Whereas the first people moving into space must focus on immediate missions and the requirements of survival, their goals will eventually broaden. With the passing of centuries, their numbers will multiply through new births and migrations until their pursuits resonate with diversity.  Their own goals will differ as from the summons of a single bell to the inspiration of a magnificent overture.  They should all be encouraged.  Space has room enough to grow, time enough to learn, challenges enough for any spirit and opportunities for all.  They should all be welcome.  Let them sing their songs of life and dance among the stars.  
      "There are those who say, “I’m not interested in some ideal cosmic destiny that will take eons to accomplish.  If I was out there in space or on a planet I would work and have a share in a mining company or maybe a transport company.”  
      "The destiny envisioned is not about some idealistic quest for a nebulous future; rather, it is about living and working, about people and families, about achievement and reward and about reaching out to new opportunities.  Accomplishing this vision and destiny requires not years but centuries and, yes, perhaps even eons.  People are even now orbiting the earth.  In a few years, more permanent bases and habitats will exist. In a few centuries, civilizations in space, on moons and on planets will flourish.  Colonies will migrate to deep space and other solar systems.  While the wave front of human expansion proceeds at its own pace, amazing and thriving civilizations will grow in its wake; the songs of life will flourish; and the laughter of children will ring out on many worlds."
         We went over a plan to bag a near-earth asteroid and mine it for water. A lot of near-earth asteroids are actually the former nuclei of comets and can potentially contain a lot of water. The idea is to extract the water using concentrated sunlight to cook the asteroid. The company proposing to do this is APIS (Asteroid Provided In-Situ Supplies).
         Blue Origin announced that they will be launching from Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral. This is the same complex that the Mariner missions, Pioneer 10, Surveyor 1, and many other unmanned payloads were launched, although it’s been unused for ten years.
         We looked at landscape pictures viewed from the ISS, including Lake Amadeus in Australia, and a section of the Bahamas cut by channels. The latter was such high resolution that if you look really close, you can see an airplane flying over the Bahamas.
         NASA has confirmed the existence of liquid, if very salty, water on the surface of Mars.
         China launched their first Long March 6 rocket on September 19, carrying a payload of twenty satellites, [Comment: Long March 6, aka Chang Zheng 6, is one of China’s series next-generation launch vehicles, along with Long Marches 5 and 7. It’s actually beaten Long March 5 to launch. Of these, Long March 5 is the heavy launch vehicle, Long March 6 small to medium launch vehicle, and Long March 7 medium to heavy launch vehicle. Long March 7’s first launch has been postponed to next year. Long March 5 will also probably have its first test launch in 2016 and will be the launch vehicle for the Chang’e-5 lunar sample-return mission in 2017.]

         We didn’t do much business at the meeting, but we do have $991 in the checking account and $203 in cash. 

Notes on OSIDA Meeting

            The Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority met on November 10 at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation building in Oklahoma City. Board members in attendance were Jack Bonny, Bailey Siegfried, Don Wetakam, Hay Edwards and Robert Cox. Vice Chairman Cox presided in the absence of Mr. Cunningham. Rosemary Swift, Syd Henderson and Dave Sheely attended on behalf of Oklahoma Space Alliance. Three other people intended, including Ross Robinson and a reporter.
            Governor Fallin has ordered all state agencies to develop plans for cutting nonessential spending by 10%. OSIDA has one of the smallest budgets of any state agency, with little spending they deem nonessential. Plans are due by December.
            Spaceports in America are developing new infrastructure including a large hangar at Spaceport America.
            The Air Force’s joint use agreement operations remain stable at the Spacport. It sounds like the Spaceport does well out of this agreement.

            The December meeting of the OSIDA board has been cancelled. The next meeting will be January 13 at the Attorney General’s building on the north side of NE 21St, opposite the Department of Transportation Building. Most meetings in 2016 will be in the Commission Room at Department of Transportation building at 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month.

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.

November 2015 Outreach (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)
November 2015 Outreach (pdf format)

Earlier issues of Newsletters

Minutes of Oklahoma Space Alliance Meetings

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
Minutes of October 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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