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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 a bimonthly newsletter called Outreach and a monthly e-mail newsletterUpdate 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 David Sheely. David also does an Update most months when Outreach is published.

        Oklahoma Space Alliance is now on Facebook at Oklahoma Space Alliance.

August 2018 Update (pdf format)

Space Priorities (pdf format)

Notices:Saint Louis Space Frontier (the group who hosted the 2017 International Space Development Conference) is hosting a regional Space Development Conference, will be hosting a regional space development conference on September 1. I'm awaiting details.

Closer to home, the North Texas Chapter of National Space Society is hosting a Regional Space Development Conference on October 27.


August Meeting:

Saturday August 11, 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 approximately one hour.
    2. Discussion of member’s experiences at last month’s  July 14th meeting at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas  
  2. Break
  3. Oklahoma Space Alliance Chapter  Business Discussion
    1. Review OSA  treasure’s report
    2. Summary of  July ’s meeting minutes
    3. Review of Chapter’s Assembly online meeting held July 17th.
    4. Review of Oklahoma Space Industry Development ( OSIDA) meeting held August 8, at the Mike Monroe  Federal Aviation Agency (FAA)
    5. Discussion of topics for future meetings
    6. Discussion of better ways to involve non-NSS member type people.
    7. Other issues
  4. Video:  Speech by Dr. Frank Drake, one of the pioneers of the modern field of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.  Dr. Drake is a founding scientist of SETI Institute https://www.seti.org/ and is  a member its science advisory board.  The speech was given at the International Space Development Conference May 26, in Los Angeles, CA. 
  5. Chat

Notes on July Event

            Oklahoma Space Alliance did not have a July meeting. Instead, we had an early Space Week event: a trip to and tour of the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas. Travelling were Mike Hopkins, Tom Koszoru, Clifford McMurray, John Northcutt, Dave Sheely, Brian Swift, Steve and Karen Swift , Stephanie Thibodeau and Syd Henderson, and Brent. Dave St. John, who lives in Wichita, met us at the Cosmosphere. From Norman, the trip to the Cosmosphere takes about three hours, and we went in three cars, two from Norman and the Swifts and Stephanie from Oklahoma City. We ate when we arrived in Hutchinson then spent the entire afternoon at the museum. The museum Omnimax theatre (like an Imax except it’s a dome, which distorts images) was showing Space Next, a documentary on the past and future of human spaceflight.

            The Museum is probably best known for its history of spaceflight exhibit, which follows a timeline from German space efforts (including actual V1 and V2 rockets) through the Apollo era (including the Apollo 13 command module and an Apollo moon rock. The Liberty Bell 7, Gus Grissom’s Mercury capsule, which was restored by the Cosmosphere, was on loan to the Children’s museum of Indianapolis. However, the main hall features one of the Apollo 11’s Saturn V’s engines, the worse for wear since it had been sitting on the bottom of the Atlantic for almost 50 years when Jeff Bezos and company rescued it. An unflown Saturn V engine sits outside the front of the Cosmosphere.  Mike Hopkins and I attended Dr. Goddard’s Lab, which introduced us to some of the concepts of space flight, such as using liquid oxygen to make things burn really, really fast.

                                                                                                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.

August 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)
May 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
May 2018 Update (pdf format)
June 2018 Update (pdf format)
July 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
August 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 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
Minutes of April 2018 Meeting
Minutes of May 2018 Meeting
Minutes of June 2018 Meeting
Notes of July 2018 Trip to Cosmosphere

*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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