A Chapter of the National Space Society

Oklahoma Space Alliance Home 

Minutes of August Meeting

         Oklahoma Space Alliance held its regular monthly Meeting on August 12 at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore, Oklahoma. Attending were Mike Hopkins, Claire and Clifford McMurray, Brent Shambaugh, Dave Sheely, Tim Scott, and Syd Henderson. OSA President Steve Swift could not attend the meeting. In his absence, OSA Vice-President David Sheely presided over the meeting.
         Dave provided an Update for this meeting, which covered most of the “What’s Happening In Space” part of the meeting. You can find it here: http://chapters.nss.org/ok/Update1708.pdf. I’ll go over a few highlights.
         Oklahoma University has been awarded a $161,000,000 contract for measuring carbon-based greenhouse gases and plant health with the goal of advancing understanding of the natural carbon cycle. The contract began in July, and is the largest contract in the University’s history. Although there are other carbon-based gases in the atmosphere, the most important for the study are carbon dioxide, methane, and carbon monoxide. [Although carbon monoxide is not itself a greenhouse gas (all greenhouse gases must have at least three atoms, the greenhouse effect coming from resonant effects on the bonds), it is oxidized to carbon dioxide, which is. Water, nitrous oxide, ozone and sulfur dioxide are examples of greenhouse gases that do not contain carbon.] The satellite OU will be developing is the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory (Geocarb) and will continuously monitor the Western Hemisphere.
         We watched a video on Space Medicine, and a video on the launch of the Soyuz-21.a which carried 73 satellites. The main payload was the Kanopus-V-IK remote sensing satellite; the rest was mostly cubesats.
         We watched a video of Congressman Bridenstine on the Space Renaissance and the return of the Space Council, given at the University of Washington, DC. Different agencies and branches of the government each have their own agenda.[This talk becomes even more important since Bridenstine is slated to be the next head of NASA.]
         Robert Cox is the new Chairman of the OSIDA board.

         Dave: There is a great need for medical research in space. To date, we’ve only sent the healthiest humans into space. Health problems have been minimal so far.
         Some space-manufactured pharmaceuticals have high potential due to their high value per mass. Gold is worth $55 million per metric ton, but some pharmaceuticals are worth over a billion dollars per metric ton. [An aside: a metric ton is about 2205 pounds, or about ten percent larger than a short ton.]
         Clifford: Manufacturing aboard the Space Station has problems due to vibrations, since it is a crewed vehicle.
         A Google search revealed only one program in Space Medicine at any University, namely Baylor University.
         Cislunar Explorers will launch a cube sat beyond low-earth orbit.

         We have $1058.26 in checking and $267 in cash.
         We need a list of paying members for approval of bylaws. Proposed bylaws will be sent by e-mail.

--Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

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

Copyright 2017 by Oklahoma Space Alliance.