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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

January 2016 Outreach (pdf format)

Space Priorities (pdf format)

January 2016 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)
May 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
July 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
September 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
November 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)

2013 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)

(Note, during even months, "What's Happening in Space" is incorporated in Update.)

July 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)

February Meeting:

         Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016 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.

Place:  Earl’s Rib Palace
Moore Oklahoma
2:00-5:00 PM

  Agenda is forthcoming but will include the followings

  1. Introductions
  2. What's Happening (Steve Swift)(Pictures, Videos & Links)
  3. Discuss Business
    1. Review OSA Accounts
    2. Summary of January Meeting
    3. Annual Report
    4. Discuss Activities for 2016 (Including Yuri’s Night)
    5. Chapter Bylaws
  4. OSIDA Meeting Reports (January and February)
  5. Chat

Minutes of January 2016 Meeting

            Oklahoma Space Alliance met at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore on January 9, 2016. Attending were Steven and Karen Swift, Brian Swift, Russ Davoren, Kay Ferrell, Syd Henderson, Claire and Clifford McMurray, Tim Scott, Bill Sheely, Dave Sheely, Arvind Srikanth, Rosemary Swift, Rachelle Thibodeau, and Dennis Wigley. OSA President Steve Swift presided over the meeting
            Steve started off the meeting with news of “What’s Happening in Space.” Keynote quotation by Jeff Bezos, of Blue Origin on the occasion of the successful landing of the New Shepard booster: “.Our long term vision is millions of people living and working in space and continuing to explore the solar system. Reusability is a total game - changer for that. ...” 
            “What’s Happening” is online at http://chapters.nss.org/ok/1601%20Whats%20Happening.pdf. I’ll only present highlights here: We watched videos of the landing of the New Shepard and Falcon 9 boosters, the first from a suborbital flight, the second as part of an orbital launch, two notable firsts for a suborbital flight. We also watched the launch of a Cygnus resupply mission to the International Space Station. Astronaut Scott Kelly, who is on the Space Station, photographed the launch of the spacecraft.
            Arianespace set a record with 12 successful launches in 2015. In 2015, Russia had 29 launches of which 26 were successful, and the USA had 20 of which 18 were successful (the failures being the Falcon 9 launch failure and a SPARK launch failure). China had 19 launches, India 5, Japan 4 and Iran 1; all these 29 launches were successful.

            OSA News: Activities to be reported in our annual report: OSA was invited to present at the Oklahoma City Lions Club. OSA was invited to do a presentation at Tinker Air Force base. Claire and Cliff were invited to the Pluto Flyby event.
            We watched a video on 3D printing in metal.

            Anticipated news for 2016:

  1. Blue Origin will make steady process to human spaceflight
  2. SpaceX moves up to 24 launches.
  3. SpaceX begins reusing relaunchable boosters.
  4. SpaceX will launch Falcon 9 Heavy.
  5. Boeing Starliner commercial crew spacecraft will begin test flights.
  6. SpaceX Dragon 2 will begin test flights.
  7. Virgin Galactic will begin test of second Spaceship Two.
  8. EU will announce its commitment level to the ISS. [Sometime in February.]

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 2016 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)
January 2016 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*
Minutes of November 2015 Meeting*
Minutes of December 2015 Meeting*
Minutes of January 2016 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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