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
January 2015 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)
November 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
2013 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 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.
Saturday January 10, 2015
Place: Harry Bears in Moore, OK
Minutes of December Christmas Party
The December 13 meeting of Oklahoma Space Alliance was actually our Christmas party at the Koszorus, and the only business was electing officers, who, for 2015, are Steve Swift, president, Dave Sheely vice-president, Syd Henderson, secretary, and Tim Scott, treasurer. We had around 25 people at the party, including Tom and Heidi Koszoru, Chris Carson, Russ Davoren, Syd Henderson, Kip and Claire McMurray, Don Robinson, Tim Scott, Dave Sheely, David St. John, Vickey Richartz, Don Robinson, Steve and Karen Swift, Brian Swift and Dennis Wigley, and I believe Peggy and James McBride. There were at least a half-dozen people I don’t know. Chris is no longer Region 3 director, but still kept us up to date.
Minutes of November Meeting
Oklahoma Space Alliance met November 8 at Harry Bear’s in Moore, Oklahoma. Attending were Steve and Brian Swift, Claire McMurray, Tim Scott, the Thibodeaux family, McBride families, Dave Sheely, John Northcutt, Craig Crawford, Vickey Richartz and Syd Henderson.
This was the meeting at which we nominate officers, and we renominated Steve for President, Dave for Vice-president, Syd for Secretary and Tim for Treasurer.
Our proposed student project was put on hold due to organizational changes within XCOR. No further progress to report at this point.
We currently have just over a thousand dollars in the treasury, and many people renew their memberships at the Christmas party.
There was an article critical of the Oklahoma Spaceport in the Daily Oklahoman, coming in the wake of the explosion of an Orbital Services cargo launch to the Space Station and the crash of SpaceShipTwo. The Spaceport is an $800,000,000 asset built by the military and given to the State of Oklahoma. It also operates as a general aviation airport with 35,000 flights per year. The runway was the longest approved for landing a space shuttle.
We watched a trailer for Interstellar, which is involved in a contest involving a free space trip.
Blue Origin is working on the BE-4 engine, which uses methane and liquid oxygen. This engine is designed for the successor of the Atlas V rocket, and will be used by the United Launch Alliance.
John Harrington will be at the Weatherford museum on Saturday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Tom Koszoru has agreed to host the OSA Christmas Party.
Report on November OSIDA Meeting
The Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority met at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation building in Oklahoma City. Board members present included Jack Bonny, Jay Edwards, Don Wetekam, Alan Goodbary and Robert Connor. Steve Swift, Syd Henderson and Claire McMurray attended for OSA. Greg Rasnake, who was our speaker at our October meeting, also attended.
The website is nearly complete. [However, as of January 4, 2015, it is still not up.] The old website was done by Western Technology. The new one is being done by the state, hence has taken much longer.
DARPA is bringing X Plane research back online. This will have a significant impact on space research and technology.
Mr. Rasnake attended the FAA session on the Virgin Galactic disaster. The pilot has no recollection of ejecting himself. The parachute deployed automatically.
The National Space Transportation Policy was updated in 2013 for the first time in ten years.
Dates were approved for 2015 meetings. Bill would not be able to attend a January 14 meeting. The November meeting will fall on Veterans Day.
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.
January 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)
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*
Minutes of September 2014 Meeting
Minutes of October 2014 Meeting
Minutes of November 2014 Meeting
Minutes of December 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.
Copyright 2014 Oklahoma Space Alliance.