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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. 2016 ISDC Logo

June 2016 Update (pdf format)
May 2016 Outreach (pdf format)

Space Priorities (pdf format)

March 2016 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
January 2016 What's Happening In Space (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)

2013 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)

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

July 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)

July Meeting

         Our guest at the July Meeting will be Congressman Bridenstine, who represents the district containing Tulsa. Congressman Bridenstine is also a former executive director of the Tulsa Space Museum and has created a document of space priorities for the US House of Representatives. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for July 9 but may change according to the Congressman's availability.

June Meeting

         Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2016 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, or call Syd at 365-8983.

Saturday June11, 2016

Place:   Earl’s Rib Palace
Moore Oklahoma
2:00-5:00 PM

  1. Introductions
  2. Space News Pictures and Videos by Steve Swift
  3. Break
  4. Video on the Economics of Interstellar flight by Dr. Robert Zubrin
  5. Discuss Business
    1. Review OSA Accounts
    2. Summary of May Meeting
    3. Discuss July Visit by Congressman Bridenstine
    4. (There was no OSIDA meeting this month)
  6. Chat (Claire and Kip McMurray went to the International Development Conference in Puerto Rico)

Minutes of May 2016 Meeting

            Oklahoma Space Alliance met at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore on May 14, 2016. Attending were Steve and Karen Swift, Bryan Swift, Ross Davoren, Syd Henderson, Richard Holtzschue, Kip and Claire McMurray, Dave and Bill Sheely, Rosemary Swift, and Dennis Wigley, and a couple of people whose names I didn’t catch.
            SpaceX nailed its second sea landing of a first stage, both of which were from orbital flights. They’d earlier made a soft landing at Cape Canaveral after a suborbital flight. We watched videos of all three landings, as well a video of a New Shepard landing from the viewpoint of a camera on its booster.
            We watched a video on the Hubble Space Telescope’s 26th birthday showing off the Bubble Nebula.
            We watched a video of Chris Vorhees of Planetary Resources’ talk at the Mars Society Conference. We have now discovered 600,000 asteroids including 10,000 Near Earth Objects. Seventeen percent of NEOs are energetically closer than the Moon. Materials we can claim for them are Hydrogen, Carbon, Nitrogen and Oxygen (the four elements most essential for life in space), as well as the group 8 elements (iron, cobalt, nickel, ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium and platinum). All of these except iron are severely depleted in the Earth’s crust because they sank to the Earth’s core when the Earth was still molten. [Iron was also depleted to a certain extent, but it also forms compounds that stayed in the crust.—SFH]
            We had $77.28 in expenditures in April, including the annual fee for our post office box, and reimbursement for the newsletter, leaving us with $1020.67 in the checking account and $207 in cash.
            Next year’s ISDC is in St Louis. Moon Day is in Texas around July 20. Should we do a Mars Day? Syd suggested we could do one at Soonercon in 2017.
            The Oklahoma Spaceport has received permission to do vertical launches.

--Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

Note on OSIDA Meeting:

            OSA members Syd Henderson, Rosemary Swift, and Claire McMurray attended the May 11th board meeting of OSIDA (Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority). They discovered that the “space sycamore” seedling tree received from Yuri’s Night several years ago, and donated by OSA to Spaceport Oklahoma in Burns Flat, is still growing well despite recent storms. Also, the FAA no longer limits the spaceport to horizontal take-off and landing, provided a VTVL system is deemed safe enough for the public.                           --Note by Claire McMurray

            Also, Former board chairman Alan Goodbary has left the board and Ben Robinson has replaced him. Other board members attending the meeting were Mr. Cunningham, Mr. Cox, General Edwards and Mr. Wetakam.

            The June 2016 OSIDA meeting has been cancelled.--Syd

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.

June 2016 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)
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

*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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