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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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April 2017 Update (pdf format)

March 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)

January 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
November 2016 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)

Space Priorities (pdf format)

April Meeting:

         Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, 2017 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.

Saturday April 8, 2017
Place:   Earl’s Rib Palace
Moore Oklahoma
2:00-5:00 PM

  1. Introductions
  2. What's Happening (Steve Swift) (Pictures, Videos & Links)
  3. Discuss Business
    1. Review OSA Accounts
    2. Summary of March Meeting
    3. ISDC Plans
    4. OSIDA Meeting Report
  4. Feature Presentation with Slides and Videos: A Tribute to Spaceflight—A ‘Yuri’s Night’ Celebration of Astronauts in the ‘60’s. The celebration will be capped with a desert, float and/or brew of your choice.
  5. Chat

Minutes of March 11 Oklahoma Space Alliance

            Oklahoma Space Alliance held its regular monthly Meeting on March 11 at Earl’s Rib Palace in Oklahoma City. Attending were Steve, Karen and Brian Swift; Mike Hopkins; Stephanie, Rachelle and Gary Thibodeau; Dave Sheely; Dennis Wigley and Syd Henderson.

What’s Happening in Space:

            “What’s Happening” is online at chapters.nss.org/ok/1703%20Whats%20Happening.pdf so I’ll hit the highlights.
            Blue Origin has a new Glenn booster which can land. Glenns are taller, but the Falcon Heavy is more powerful. Falcon, however, is more slender because it has to fit on a trailer. We watched a Blue Origin promotional video.
            We watched a launch by SpaceX to the Space Station, and the landing of the first stage.
            We watched the final launch of a Soyuz-U. This series was launched over 786 flights from 18 May 1973 until 22 February 2017. (Note: this was not the final Soyuz flight, because Soyuz-FG and Soyuz-2 are both still being launched.)
            We watched Ariane-5 launch a Sky Brazil satellite.
            We watched India’s record-setting launch of 104 satellites on one rocket. 101 of these are nanosats.
            Mike mentioned that Mars rovers are being used to precisely determine the orbits of Mars’ moons. This helped a month back when an orbiter had to alter its orbit a smidgen to avoid colliding with Phobos.
            We watched ULA launch an Atlas V with classified cargo.
Business:  Nobody has volunteered to host Yuri’s night. Will try to set up by phone and meetup.
            Dave, Syd, Claire and Cliff are going to ISDC.
            We watched a video by Planetary Resources on asteroid mining by Isaac Arthur. Asteroids come in three types. C-group, or Carbonaceous contain carbon, phosphorus, and nitrogen (and often water), which are necessary for life. These comprise 75% or all asteroids, including Ceres, Pallas and Hygeia. S-Group, or Silicaceous or Stony asteroids are second most common; Juno is a good example. The third major class are the M or metallic asteroids, which are of great interest because they contain siderophile elements such as nickel, copper, rhenium and the platinum group. These are depleted in the Earth’s crust because they sank into the core when Earth was molten. What we have left on the surface are mostly from meteorites.
            Why should we bring an asteroid back? The likelihood of producing large amounts of debris argues that we should mine them at a good distance.
            Mars and Venus have the fewest launch Windows [paradoxically because their orbits are closest to Earth’s—it takes quite a while for Earth to catch up with Mars or Venus with Earth]. For the outer planets, launch windows are about a year apart, but it’s 26 months for Mars. Launch windows for objects in the asteroid belt are about twice as frequent as those to Mars.

--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.

April 2017 Update (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)
November 2016 Outreach (pdf format)
January 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
February 2017 Update (pdf format)
March 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
April 2017 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)

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 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
Minutes of October 2016 Meeting*
Minutes of November 2016 Meeting*
Minutes of January 2017 Meeting
Minutes of February 2017 Meeting
Minutes of March 2017 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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