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
August 2014 Update (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, August 9, 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.
Place: Harry Bears Restaurant in Moore, OK
2113 Riverwalk Dr., Moore, OK
(2 tenths of Mile South of S. 19th
West of I35 Frontage Road)
Minutes of July Oklahoma Space Alliance Meeting
Oklahoma Space Alliance met July 19 at Harry Bear’s All-American Grill in Moore, Oklahoma. In attendance were Steve, Karen and Brian Swift, Vickey Richartz, Claire and Clifford McMurray, Dennis Wigley, Dave Sheely, Craig Crawford, Peggy McBride and Syd Henderson.
We went through the nominations for NSS Offices and recommendations.
Art Contest: What do we do about copyright of artwork which is put online? How do we protect artists’ rights?
Home town blitz: Senators and Congressmen who have family in their home state take a long break in August. Check with their local offices and see if any are available to meet with constituents. If not, ask if you can talk with a staff person. Some of them may well have town hall meetings.
Point to make: We are concerned that we are dependent on Russian rockets to get to and supply the space station. Especially since the Russians have indicated they are only committed until 2020. A full list of talking points is on the NSS web site.
We have a couple of volunteers to meet with both our Senators. However, Senator Coburn is leaving the Senate after a replacement is elected, and there will be a vacancy in Representative Lankford’s district since he’s running for the Senate.
We are now posting things at meetup.com The Meetup site is www.meetup.com, and the particular one we’re sponsoring is (Central) Oklahoma Space Exploration & Settlement Meetup, located at www.meetup.com/Central-Oklahoma-Space-Exploration-Settlement-Meetup. Log in and say what you’re interested and they will tell you what is meeting in your area. There’s a fee to advertise your meetings.
Steve made a presentation to OSIDA. See last month’s notes on the OSIDA meeting for details.
We can promote space in Oklahoma without asking for the OSIDA Board’s support.
Claire got an $8.00 check from a space enthusiast.
What’s Happening in Space:
Quote of the month, from Steve Swift: “Those who focus upon the earth, its environment and its people have worthy missions, but they must not hold back this bold destiny for humankind has before it not only the earth but also the stars.”
The full What’s Happening is online at http://chapters.nss.org/ok/1407%20Whats%20Happening.pdf.
Highlights included: Russia Eyes Soyuz Upgrades for Missions around the Moon.
Mars One would be the first private venture to land on another planet—even if they don’t succeed in landing people.
We watched a lot of videos of launches. Russia launched a Scottish satellite.
Steve wants to keep talking to XCOR but has to sign a non-disclosure agreement. This is really in case there’s a leak.
--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.
August 2014 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)
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*
Notes on May 2014 Meeting
Notes on June 2014 Meeting and June 18 Special Meeting*
Notes on July 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.