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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.

April 2018 Update (pdf format)

Space Priorities (pdf format)

March Meeting:

         Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on April 14, 2018 at Earl's Rib Palace, 920 SW 25th St, Moore, OK. This is between the 1-35 West Frontage Road and Telegraph Road. Telephone number is 793-7427.

Saturday April 14, 2018
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. Technology Readiness Levels (TRL’s) ten-minute Power Point presentation by David Sheely 
  2. Break
  3. Business Discussion
    1. Review OSA  treasure’s report
    2. Summary of March meeting minutes
    3. Review of All Chapters meetings held March 26 and April 9th
    4. Discussion of topics for future meetings
    5. Discussion of a future trip to the Cosmosphere,  International Science Center&  Space Museum in Hutchinson, KS ( 219 miles or 3 ½ hour drive from Moore, OK)
    6. Other issues
  4. Video 23 minutes, “Vice President Pence Delivers Remarks at the Second Meeting of the National Space Council” February 21, 2018  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tobCM_vmI5A
  5. Video 35 minutes “ State of NASA” Events Highlight Agency Goals for Space Exploration  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGrS1PotJzc
  6. Chat

Minutes of March Meeting

         National Space Society’s Oklahoma Space Alliance chapter held its regular monthly meeting on March 10, 2018 at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore, Oklahoma.  In attendance were OSA President David Sheely, Mike Hopkins, Tom Koszoru, Clifford McMurray, John Northcutt, Steve and Karen Swift, Brian Swift, Tim Ward, Trevor Pelletier.
         Dave provided links to most of the presentations in last month’s Update, which is online at http://chapters.nss.org/ok/Update1803.pdf,
         NASA’s budget is $19.7 billion. The Air Force’s budget for space is $24 billion.
         We watched a launch video for Japan’s H2, which launched a spy satellite.
         We watched a video on human exploration of the solar system, and the International Space Station.
         We watched a video of the launch of GOES by an Atlas V.
         We watched a Falcon 9 launch of the PAZ mission.
         We watched a video of the launch of a Progress module to the Space Station.
         Dave did a presentation of NASA Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs). Traditionally, NASA stops at TRL 6, Many NASA inventions at TRL 6 are given away for free.
         Bigelow’s BA330 is the first free-standing, expandable space habitat. We watched a promotional video for it by Bigelow.

         We have $1164.42 in account and $267 in cash for a total of $1431.42.
         Syd published the bylaws in the March Outreach. (One of the bylaws is that we publish the bylaws in the print newsletter.) Since several people at NSS HQ are on our mailing list, this also takes care of the provision of which NSS officers receive the bylaws.
         We’re aiming to do a road trip to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas. Proposed date is the second Saturday in June.

         We watched a video, “NASA’s Journey to Mars,” featuring simulation of proposed missions. The Gravity-Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit (GLCS) goes from shoulders to ankles, with stirrups around the feet, to prevent some of the deterioration in the body that happens in microgravity.
         Ocean worlds (excluding Earth) in the solar system include Europa, Titan, Triton, Ganymede, Callisto and Enceladus, all of which have oceans under an icy surface. The oceans are kept liquid by tidal heating which may also produce underwater vents to provide minerals and energy.

                                                                                                  --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 Dave Sheely.

April 2018 Update (pdf format)

January 2017 Outreach (pdf format)

February 2017 Update (pdf format)
March 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
April 2017 Update (pdf format)
May 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
June 2017 Update (pdf format)
July 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
August 2017 Update (pdf format)
September 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
October 2017 Update (pdf format)
November 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
January 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
January 2018 Update (pdf format)
February 2018 Update (pdf format)
March 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
March 2018 Update (pdf format)
April 2018 Update (pdf format)

Earlier issues of Newsletters

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)
July 2016 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
September 2016 What's Happening (pdf format)
November 2016 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
January 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
March 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
May 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
July 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
September 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
November 2017 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.)

Minutes of Oklahoma Space Alliance Meetings

Minutes of January 2016 Meeting
Minutes of January 2017 Meeting
Minutes of February 2017 Meeting
Minutes of March 2017 Meeting
Minutes of April 2017 Meeting
Minutes of May 2017 Meeting
Minutes of June 2017 Meeting
Minutes of July 2017 Meeting
Minutes of August 2017 Meeting
Minutes of September 2017 Meeting
Minutes of October 2017 Meeting
Minutes of November 2017 Meeting
Minutes of December 2017 Meeting*
Minutes of January 2018 Meeting
Minutes of February 2018 Meeting
Minutes of March 2018 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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