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November Meeting:

         Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, 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.
         OSA President Steve Swift has recovered from his illness and will preside at the meeting.
         This is the meeting at which we nominate officers. If you wish to serve as an officer of Oklahoma Space Alliance, please let us know at the meeting or contact Syd by e-mail at sydh@ou.edu. Syd will be sending out election ballots around the beginning of December by both e‑mail and snail mail. If you wish to be an officer, please contact him by December 1. Elections will be held at the Christmas Party.

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

  1. Introductions
  2. What's Happening (Steve Swift)(Pictures, Videos & Links)
    1. Pictures and Videos of Current Events in Space,
    2. Comparison of Current and Planned Boosters and Spacecraft.
  3. Discuss Business
    1. Review OSA Accounts,
    2. Nomination of Officers for 2017,
    3. Discuss Holiday Event.
  4. OSIDA Meeting Report.
  5. Videos from TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference:
    1. Why Space by Rick Tumlinson,
    2. Colonizing our Next Frontier by Rick Tumlinson,
    3. Space Exploration (tongue in cheek) by Emily Calandrelli.
  6. Chat

Minutes of October Meeting

         Oklahoma Space Alliance met at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore on October 8, 2016.  Attending were Dave Sheely, Claire McMurray, Tim Scott, Rosemary Swift, and Syd Henderson. OSA President Steve Swift was out due to illness; in his absence OSA Vice-President Dave Sheely presided.
         Dave did an Update for October with links to most videos shown at the meeting. You can find it here: http://chapters.nss.org/ok/Update1610.pdf. Some highlights are below.
         We watched a videos on the colonization of Mars including one by Elon Musk.
         Blue Origin tested the abort system for the New Shepherd vehicle. The abort system worked and any astronauts aboard would have survived. We watched a video of the test. There’s no link in Update since the test was after that went out.
         We watched a video of the August 19 ULA launch.

         We now have $1024.50 in out checking account and $257 in cash for a total of $1291.50.     
         What can we do to celebrate Space Week next year? That will be the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik. Perhaps we can find headlines of how people reacted to Sputnik. [For example, Nikita Khrushchev was Time Man of the Year.] Do we have any recordings of the launch of Sputnik?
         What do we have for an exhibit at next year’s ISDC®?
         Congressman Bridenstine won’t be able to come in November because he is in the Reserves.
         Is SEDS still at OU? [Apparently not. They are not listed among the student organizations. —Syd]
         Officer nominations are at the November meeting with installation at the Christmas party. If the Koszorus are unable to host, Claire is willing.
         What other satellites are being launched? There are 1100 active satellites, and another 2600 that no longer work.
          
                                                --Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

Notes on October 12 OSIDA meeting

         The Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority met at the Oklahoma Department of Transportation building in Oklahoma City on October 12. OSIDA board members attending were James Cunningham, David Greer, Ben Robinson and Bailey Siegfried. Not present were Michael Halsey, Donald Wetekam and Robert Cox. Syd attended on behalf of OSA and there was one in the audience. Bill Khourie presented information about the Spaceport.
         Not much business at this meeting. China is competing with American commercial space companies such as Space X, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic. [See “Space News” for details.]
         Oklahoma Spaceport Facility Manager Chuck Haden is leaving and will be replaced by November 1.
         Meeting calendar for 2017 was established. They will be on the second Wednesday of each month, usually at the Department of Transportation building.

                                                Notes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson
           

Contact person for Oklahoma Space Alliance is Claire McMurray.
PO Box 1003
Norman, OK 73070
Webmaster is Syd Henderson.

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