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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.
        Oklahoma Space Alliance received a Merit Award (thumbnail below) for Legistlative Outreach at the 2016 International Space Development Conference in Puerto Rico.
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October 2016 Update (pdf format)
September 2016 Outreach (pdf format)
September 2016 What's Happening (pdf format)

Space Priorities (pdf format)

July 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)
January 2016 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
March 2016 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)

October Meeting:

         Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 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.
        Note: This meeting falls during Space Week, so we'll probably have some mention of that.

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

  1. Introductions
    1. What’s Happening in Space,  News, Pictures, and Videos by David Sheely
  2. Break
  3. Video, either Elon Musk announcement of his Master plan to Colonize Mars , or  The Sentential Mission    
  4. Discuss Business
    1. Review OSA Accounts
    2. Summary of September   Meeting
    3. Other issues
  5. Chat

Minutes of September Meeting

            Oklahoma Space Alliance met at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore on September 10, 2016. In attendance were Dave Sheely, Jasmine Kendricks, Claire and Clifford McMurray, John Nortcutt, Rosemary Swift, Dennis Wigley, Tracee, Syd Henderson and one person whose name I didn’t catch. Since Steve Swift is still recovering from therapy, OSA Vice President Sheely presided over the meeting.
            Dave did an Update for this meeting which is online at http://chapters.nss.org/ok/Update1609.pdf, so I’ll just give highlights of the meeting.
            A SpaceX Falcon rocket exploded on the Launchpad during a routine pre-flight firing. We watched a video of the explosion, which lasted some time and was pretty spectacular.
            There’s a mountain near one of the poles of the Moon that is constantly in sunlight. Since there also craters which are constantly in darkness and contain ice, this might be a good place to set up a base.
            We watched a video on Enterprise in Space including the prize-winning entry that will contain the experiments.
            Claire mentioned that if you are over 65 and a NSS member, you can get a $40 dollar membership for the ISDC in St. Louis.
            We watched a video of the explosion of a Chinese Long March 4C booster.
            We watched a 2011 video by Jeff Greeson called “Captain of Our Fate” on the cost barriers we must overcome before we have a significant presence in space.
            Clifford mentioned that Senator Shelby is blocking orbital fuel depots.
            Claire and Kip met with Senator Langford.
            There will be tables for each chapter at the Saint Louis ISDC. Can we man it?
            Was there an experiment in August that indicated FTL might be possible (by warping space)?
            We watched a video of OSIRIS-REx Launch from several angles including a camera on top of the rocket.
--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.

October 2016 Update (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)
February 2016 Update (pdf format)
March 2016 Outreach (pdf format)
April 2016 Update (pdf format)
May 2016 Outreach (pdf format)
June 2016 Update (pdf format)
July 2016 Outreach (pdf format)
September 2016 Outreach (pdf format)
October 2016 Update (pdf format)

Earlier issues of Newsletters

Minutes of Oklahoma Space Alliance Meetings

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
Minutes of February 2016 Meeting
Minutes of March 2016 Meeting
Minutes of April 2016 Meeting*
Minutes of May 2016 Meeting
Minutes of June 2016 Meeting
Minutes of July 2016 Meeting*
Minutes of August 2016 Meeting*
Minutes of September 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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