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A Chapter of the National Space Society

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

July 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)

International Space Development Conference

        The 34th annual ISDC is in Toronto, Canada May 21- 24. The theme is Next Breakthrough Technologies. These include 3D printing, gene splicing, nuclear fusion, and electric and magnetic propulsion (and whatever that controversial reactionless drive is that NASAs studying).  There is also the Space Innovation Business Summit on May 20, which is a separate registration from the ISDC.
Guests include Anousheh Ansari, Lori Garver, physicist Kip Thorne and Buzz Aldrin. The website is isdc2015.nss.org/wordpress/, and you can register for both the ISDC® and the Summit.

Oklahoma Space Alliance Meeting

July Meeting:

         Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, 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.
         Our PlutoPalooza celebration has been moved to the August meeting because we couldn’t get a room at one of the local libraries. There will certainly be a lot about the New Horizons mission to Pluto at the July meeting since the flyby is Tuesday the 14th and we’ll already be getting good pictures by the 11th and presenting them at the meeting.

Oklahoma Space Alliance Meeting Program
Place:   Earl’s Rib Palace Moore Oklahoma
2:00 PM

  1. What's Happening (Steve Swift)
    1. Current Space News, Pictures, Videos & Links
                  Includes: Pluto Flyby, SpaceX Explosion, ISS Supply
    2. Discuss Common Interests with Students for Exploration and Development of Space
  2. Discuss Business
    1. Summary of June Meeting
    2. Review OSA Accounts
    3. Pluto Party
      1. Date
      2. Location
    4. OSA Charter
    5. OSIDA Meeting Report
  3. Chat

Minutes of June Meeting

         Oklahoma Space Alliance met at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore on June 9. In attendance were Steve, Brian and Karen Swift, Dave Sheely, Jerry, Rachelle and Stephanie Thibedeau. Vickey Richartz, Tim Scott, Russ Davoren, Dennis Wigley, John Northcutt, Richard Holtzschue, Will Decker, Claire and Clifford McMurray, and Syd Henderson. We had several guests from the new OU SEDS chapter, including Eric S4undby, Michelle and Frederick Rodriguez and Jordan Little.
         We currently have $1014.70 in our checking account and $267 on cash, for a total of $1281.70.

         SpaceX is now certified to launch national security space missions. This puts them in competition with the United Launch Alliance. SpaceX will be so much cheaper than ULA that ULA may not be in competition in five years.
         The Air Force’s X-37B is an unmanned mini-shuttle about 29 feet long, about the size of a small school bus. For some details, see www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/09/x37b-mystery-mini-shuttle/1756923/ .
         The Chinese are applying to fly on XCOR’s Lynx spacecraft.
         Airbus’s Adeline has an engine section that can fly itself back to a runway.
         We watched a video of a Falcon 9 launch and its landing attempt.
         The US Senate said no to military contractors using Russian RD-180 rocket engines. This is a blow to the United Launch Alliance, who uses them to launch Atlas V rockets which carry military satellites to orbit. ULA had made a request to buy more engines, but Senator McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, turned them down. [There was already a moratorium on buying them due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. ULA has a dozen coming from a previous contract, but otherwise they will have to wait for their new Vulcan rockets, which use American made engines, to come on line in 2022.]
         NASA has a detector called “Finder” that was used in Nepal to detect the heartbeats of Nepalese trapped under debris after the recent earthquake.
         The Shackleton Energy Company is forming a consortium with 100 partners to create a lunar base to mine water. The overhead is $18 billion.

         NSS Chapters are free to take a position on the Space Launch System provided they make it clear that it is a chapter position and not that of the NSS as a whole.
         Oklahoma Space Award won an NSS award for excellence in public outreach. It is on the meet-up site but not yet on the website.
         Claire will be talking at SoonerCon with Larry Nemecek about Enterprise in Space.
         There will be an interview with a person on the New Horizons Pluto project in the next issue of Ad Astra.
         Since our next meeting time is close to the Pluto flyby, do we want to have a Pluto observation party instead?

Note on OSIDA Meeting

         The Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority didn’t have its June meeting due to lack of a quorum. Since this would have been the meeting at which officers are selected, that will be done at the July meeting.

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.

July 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)
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)
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*
Minutes of April 2015 Meeting
Minutes of May 2015 Meeting*
Minutes of June 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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