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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.TX-RSDC 2017

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

July 2017 Outreach (pdf format) Includes a forecast of the August 21 Total Eclipse and Syd's notes from the International Space Development Conference

Space Priorities (pdf format)

November Meeting:

         Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017 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.
         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.

Saturday November 11, 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 October Meeting
    3. Nomination of Officers
    4. Discussion / Action on Bylaws
    5. Heinlein Award voting
  4. New Business
  5. Feature Topic – OSA Last 7 Years Highlights     (Steve Swift), (Pictures, Videos & Links), Accomplishments, Quotes, Movers and Shakers, Major Events, Significant Trends
  6. OSA Member Presentations/Discussions
  7. Chat

We will be continuing our votes on the Heinlein Award at this meeting. Our chapter gets a vote, and each paid member of Oklahoma Space Alliance gets to vote on the chapter’s choice. Syd will tabulate the votes and mail them in. If you can’t make the meeting, e-mail your vote to sydh@ou.edu before noon on the November 11.
If you are a member of the National Space Society, you also get an individual vote, which you can cast at http://www.nss.org/heinlein-ballot.php (which also gives you a list of previous nominees).  Deadline for voting is November 30. 
            Previous award winners are not eligible. Previous award winners are: Dr. Gerard K. O'Neill, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Dr. Wernher von Braun, Gene Roddenberry, Dr. Robert H. Goddard, Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Dr. Carl Sagan, Neil Armstrong, Robert Zubrin, Capt. James Lovell, Gen. Chuck Yeager, Burt Rutan, Dr. Peter Diamandis, Dr. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Dr. Jerry Pournelle. Write-ins are encouraged, and can appear on next year’s ballot.

Minutes of October Meeting

         Oklahoma Space Alliance held its regular monthly Meeting on October 14 at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore, Oklahoma. In attendance were Mike Hopkins, Tom Koszoru, Claire and Kip McMurray, John Northcutt, Dave Sheely, Tim Scott, Christopher Taylor and Syd Henderson. OSA President Steve Swift was unable to attend, so in his absence, OSA Vice President Dave Sheely presided.
         Dave did an Update that contained links to much that was discussed, so I’ll confine myself to highlights. Dave’s Update is online at http://chapters.nss.org/ok/Update1710.pdf.
         We watched a Space X video promoting space exploration, and a video promoting their BFR earth to earth.
         We watched a video on Blue Origin, which has been selected as a launch provider for the Thai satellite company mu Space. This company is in the business of producing communications satellites for Thailand. Mu Space is the second customer for the New Glenn launcher.
         We also watched a video on the New Glenn launcher.
         We watched a brief video on the first meeting of the National Space Council.
         We watched a promotional video on Bigelow’s expandable space modules.
         We took a preliminary poll on the Heinlein award and are waiting on more votes.
         We looked at a list of proposed bylaws.
         We watched a video of Elon Musk, “Becoming a Multi-Planet Species.”
         Treasury: We have $1041.70 in checking account and $267 in cash.
         The November meeting is when we nominate officers. Steve Swift is retiring as President and Dave Sheely will run for the office,

                                                                                 --Minutes by Oklahoma Space Alliance 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.

November 2017 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)
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)
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)

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 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
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
*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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