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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.

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

June 2017 Update (pdf format)
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July 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)

Space Priorities (pdf format)

July Meeting:

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

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

  1. Introductions
  2. What's Happening (Steve Swift)
  3. (Pictures, Videos & Links)
  4. Discuss Business
    1. Review OSA Accounts
    2. Summary of June Meeting
    3. OSIDA Meeting Report
    4. New Business
  5. Feature Presentation – SpaceX
  6. (Review of history and accomplishments with pictures, videos and links)
  7. OSA Member Presentations/Discussions
  8. Chat

Minutes of June Meeting

         Oklahoma Space Alliance held its regular monthly Meeting on June 10 at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore, Oklahoma. Attending were Steve and Karen Swift, Chris Crawford, Ross Davoren. Tom Koszoru, Claire and Clifford McMurray, John Northcutt, Norman (didn’t get last name), Dave Sheely, Brian Swift, Rosemary Swift, and Syd Henderson. OSA President Steve Swift presided over the meeting.
         This was the first meeting after the International Space Development Conference in Saint Louis. Claire, Clifford, Dave, Syd and Tim Scott went to the conference and the first four shared their experiences. I’ll be going through my experiences in some detail later on, but I mentioned a Japanese student experiment to launch a ring-shaped solar power collector that would light up a ring-shaped satellite in time for the Tokyo Olympics. [Ed Strickland and I worked out that this would be visible as a tiny ring, not a point of light. This talk was actually part of a student contest on designing and using solar power satellites, and what the Japanese are doing are modular SPSs.] I also attended plenary sessions by Professor Johann-Dietrich Wörner, the Director-General of the European Space Agency, by Space Pioneers, one on high altitude ballooning, and dinner talks by Professor Wörner, by representatives of the Kepler Team, and the Awards banquet. I also commented on METI, a relative of SETI in which we deliberately broadcast to other civilizations so they can come eat us (or make friends).

         Dave went to the Space Medicine track, which considered questions as to how exposure to 25 seconds of zero-G affects plants. Robert Zubrin and a Dr. Rhodes have diametrically opposed views on the magnitude of the radiation threat in long-term space travel and colonization.

         Claire took “Greening the Galaxy.”
         One person wants to build a ring around the Pacific Ocean, then expanding it by running a current through it so it surrounds the planet (apparently fixed through magnetic support).
         Two people from Japan are running the Japanese equivalent of the Zero-G corporation.

         Claire’s reading a book on the Universe as a Hologram. The entire Universe is a giant hologram because on the atomic level every bit contains information about the rest.

         Kip went to the Space Solar Power track on Friday. Gary Barnhard is trying to get a cubesat as a technology that would beam power to a module.  We could have a mothership taking a bunch of cubesats to explore asteroids. We will be using 100 gigawatts of Space Solar Power by the end of the 21st Century.
         One speaker on METI wants to beam out the structure of our DNA to the stars so we can be constructed.
         On the Public/Private panels. There are six hundred million tonnes of water at the North Pole of Mars.  [Syd: this is the mass of six hundred billion liters.]
         Public/Private collaboration has less regulation but some oversight.
         We can have people on the moon in five to seven years for a tenth of NASA’s cost. Estimate to construct a Lunar base is 10 billion dollars
         One speaker (Wingo?) wants a 25 year tax holiday for items produced in space.
         China is spending a trillion dollars on something called the New Silk Road, and now effectively owns the Greek port of Piraeus.
         Kip was running the Space Business track on Saturday so didn’t see much else.
         Exos Aerospace has reassembled the Armadillo Aerospace team back and much of the equipment.
         Soon 1500 satellites will be launched per year.
         If you assemble your satellite in orbit, you don’t have to overbuild it to survive the stresses of launch. A suggestion is to do modular construction of satellites on the Space Station.
         A 40 by 80 kilometer box in geosynchronous orbit now holds seven satellites.
         Buzz Aldrin’s son is a college professor working on an MBA program to promote space startup companies. This would compete with the International Space University.
         Michael Snyder from Made in Space 3-D manufacturer said 82% of failures on the Space Station were of parts that can probably be manufactured through 3-D printing on the Space Station.
         Fiber optics manufactured in space are notably faster than those manufactured on Earth.

         On Sunday, Kip went to the Asteroid Track. First talk was on the OSIRIS-REx mission to the carbonaceous asteroid Bennu. Bennu is one of the darkest asteroids; we want to collect sixty grams of material, searching for amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins.
         Joel Sircel wants to build a bag to surround an asteroid so he can bake off ice.
         Bob Zubrin had a talk on the radiation and planetary protection rackets. Any biological hazards from Mars would already have affected Earth from Mars rocks. [Given the number of mass extinctions in Earth’s history, this may not be comforting as it sounds, though there are simpler explanations.]

OSA Business: Craig Crawford paid for a membership for two years.
         Oklahoma Space Alliance member Peggy McBride passed away.
         Land and uranium weren’t resources until we found ways to use them. People create resources.
         NASA could create a base on Mars, but how do you create a civilization? How does it support itself?
         We looked at bios of the twelve newly selected astronauts.
         Update has a link to space launches.

--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.

July 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)

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)
May 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

*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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