2015 International Space Development Conference


A Chapter of the National Space Society

The Space Exploration, Development and Settlement Act of 2015

We need your help! The Space Exploration, Development and Settlement (SEDS) Act is about to be introduced in Congress. The purpose of the SEDS Act is to authorize and instruct NASA to pursue permanent human settlements in outer space as well as the development of space in general.  We need you to call your member of Congress (to be clear – your Representative, not your Senators) by April 17th and ask him or her to be an original co-sponsor of the Space Exploration, Development and Settlement (SEDS) Act.  Representative Dana Rohrabacher’s office will introduce the bill.

As an advocate for space, you know that NASA needs a big goal that can excite the public imagination and give clear direction to the human space flight program. The Space Exploration, Development and Settlement Act will make human settlement of space a long-term goal of the United States. By setting such a bold goal, Congress will assure U.S. predominance in outer space for decades, reinvigorate STEM education, catalyze massive economic growth, and energize public support for the space program.  The bill does not advocate for a specific destination, launch vehicle or contractual arrangement, nor does it calls for the expenditure of additional funds. It is a short, simple bill and is intended to give NASA clear guidance: get humans into space, this time to stay.

Please contact your member of Congress today and ask them to co-sponsor the Space Exploration, Development and Settlement Act. [Copy of the Act in PDF]

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

April 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)

Oklahoma Space Alliance Meeting

Saturday April 11, 2014
Place: Norman Public Library
225 N Webster, Norman, OK

2:00 pm
  1. Celebrate Spaceflight
    1. Celebrate Spaceflight Pioneers
      1. Yuri Gagarin --First Human Flight
      2. Alan Shepard --First American Flight
      3. John Glenn --First American to Orbit
    2. View Slides and Videos
    3. Discuss Legacy of These Pioneers
    4. Refreshments
  2. What's Happening (Steve Swift)
    1. Current Space News, Pictures, Videos & Links
  3. Discuss Activities
    1. Summary of March Meeting
    2. Review OSA Accounts
    3. Review Current Topics
      1. Meeting Sites
      2. Lions Club Meeting
      3. Speakers for OSA Meetings
        1. Congressman Bridenstine
        2. Dr. Stephen McKeever
        3. Greg Rasnake
      4. Stafford Museum Joint Event
      5. Other
    4. OSIDA Meeting Report
  4. Chat

Minutes of March Oklahoma Space Alliance Meeting

       Oklahoma Space Alliance met at 2:00 p.m. on March 21, 2015, at Denny’s Restaurant, SW 29th and I35 in Oklahoma City. In attendance were Steve, Karen and Brian Swift, Claire and Clifford McMurray, James and Peggy McBride, Rachelle, Gerry (sp.?) and Stephanie Thibedeau, Tim Scott, Russ Davoren, Dennis Wigley, Dave Sheely, Vickey Richartz and Syd Henderson. We also had a new attendee, Levi Airington.
       We now have $1192.27 in our treasury, including checking and cash.
       We haven’t been able to match operating plans with the Stafford Museum for the April meeting (which is the weekend of Yuri’s Night). We are considering either having a private Celebration of Manned Spaceflight, or a more general celebration, possibly at the Moore or Norman Public Libraries. Moore Library allows refreshment by Norman Library may not. The date will definitely be April 11.
       Cliff suggested Earl’s but they weren’t open on the Saturday Steve went by.
       Another occasion for celebration this year is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz Spaceflight. This is in July, and General Stafford was on that mission, and Stafford Museum is planning some sort of reunion.
       Russ and Steve need volunteers to help plan an event with the Stafford Museum. Brian’s a maybe.
       Steve, Karen, Dave and Rachelle met with Congressman Bridenstine for two hours. Steve will post his impressions in the March What’s Happening, which will be posted on the website .
       Steve, Claire and Cliff have responded to Aislinn’s request for speakers at Soonercon.
       We went through the items in What’s Happening, which will be posted on the Web. Highlights included the third launch of a Falcon 9 in two months (which makes 16 altogether, and the University of Tulsa introducing a Master’s program in Space Entrepreneurship

                                   --Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

Notes from March 18 OSIDA Meeting

       The Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority met at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation building in Oklahoma City on March 18. Board members present were Jack Bonny, Jay Edwards, R. Alan Goodbary, and Robert Conner. Steve Swift, Claire McMurray, Dave Sheely and Syd Henderson attended on behalf of Oklahoma Space Alliance, and Ross Robinson was also in the audience.
       The OSIDA website is now up and running at http://airspaceportok.com/. OSIDA also has a Facebook page under the full name, The Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority. (Note: the old website is still up and doesn’t link to the new one.)
       Cessna Aircraft Company has been doing flight testing at the Oklahoma Air and Spaceport and will be conducting their third test.
       The Oklahoma Air and Space Port also has a new, large sign for their operations center, complete with the OSIDA seal.
       The Spaceport has been having a continuing problem with rainwater leaking onto equipment at the control center and this has now been fixed.
       The Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) will be meeting in Washington on April 1. They are starting to talk about safety and crew requirements.
       The OSIDA board approved STARBASE STEM Education Classes with a $15,200 appropriation. The Western Technology Center (which is located at the Spaceport) is supplying them with technical support and printers. The STEM program is taking place in 11 different school districts and makes a huge difference in science and math scores. The Air Force also supplies money. Bill Khourie didn’t know the full cost of the program including the WTC and Air Force contribution.
       The joint use agreement with the Air Force is to be renewed by April 1, but OSIDA first needs an Air Traffic Control Contract. The ATC contract would cost $603,840 but the Air Force Contract is for $1,155,812. There will be a special meeting on March 26 to take care of the ATC contract. Robinson (?) Aviation is awarded the ATC contract subject to available finds.
       Claire asked about the website and Facebook sites, which are both passive, and whether they have a method of letting people know about it. Apparently they do.
                                                        --Notes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

E-mail from Don Whitney:


       “I have been an interested but passive member of OSA for a few years.   Another organization that I am active in is the Lions Club of Downtown OKC.   I am looking for a lunchtime speaker for Tuesday, April 21 and I would like to expose our Club membership to the exciting current developments in space.   Would a member of OSA be willing to speak to our group?  I noticed that the online UPDATE magazine has interesting articles and photos which could be converted to a PowerPoint presentation if you desired.
       “Please let me know if you would consider this space outreach opportunity and I will reply with more details.”
       Steve’s been in touch with Don about this opportunity.

                                                                        --Minutes by OSA 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.

April 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)
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*
*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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