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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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February 2017 Update (pdf format)

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

Space Priorities (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)
July 2016 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
September 2016 What's Happening (pdf format)

2013 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)

(Note, during even months, "What's Happening in Space" is incorporated in Update.)

February Meeting:

         Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 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, a couple of blocks south of Harry Bears. Telephone number is 793-7427.
       

Saturday February 11 2017
Program
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 January Meeting
    3. Annual Report
    4. Support Chapters ISDC Room
  4. Draft Roadmap on Space Settlement (Claire McMurray)
  5. OSIDA Meeting Report (none)
  6. Chat

Minutes of January 21, 2017 Meeting

            Oklahoma Space Alliance met January 21 at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore, Oklahoma. This meeting was moved from our regular second Saturday time because of a winter storm in central Oklahoma the evening of January 13. In attendance were Steve, Karen and Brian Swift, Tim Scott, Dave Sheely, Rachelle Thibodeau, Dennis Wigley and Syd Henderson.
            We now have two hundred people on our Meetup site.
            We watched a video of an Atlas V launch by the United Launch Alliance.
            SpaceX launched a Falcon on January 14, 2017. This spacecraft launched ten Iridium telecommunications satellites, and marked a return of the Falcon to flight after a launch pad accident last fall. The first stage landed on a barge. The video of this launch and landing was one hour and forty minutes long so we only watched parts of it.
            The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has detected a large reservoir of ice under the Utopia Planitia on Mars. The reservoir is three to thirty-three feet underground, and is estimated to be 200 – 500 feet thick.
            We discussed a comparison between Musk and Bezos’s ambitions. The ULA expects to launch 1,000 astronauts over the next thirty years. We looked at the tech targets for various proposals. Bezos, for example, looks toward suborbital and orbital flights, transport and space lab habitats, while Musk concentrates on orbital spaceflight, space habitats, transport, and eventually a Mars colony, as well as energy generation.
            We now have $1095.24 in our bank account and $267 in cash.
            Yuri’s Night is April 12, which is a Wednesday. Our regular meeting that month is on April 8.

            Notes: The January meeting of the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority was in Tulsa, and the February meeting was cancelled, so no notes this month.

--Minutes by 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.

February 2017 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)
November 2016 Outreach (pdf format)
January 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
February 2017 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
Minutes of October 2016 Meeting*
Minutes of November 2016 Meeting*
Minutes of January 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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