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

May Meeting

         Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 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 May 14, 2016

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

  1. Introductions
  2. Enjoy Meal or Snack During Meeting
  3. What's Happening (Steve Swift)
    1. See SpaceX Falcon 9 Booster Landings
    2. See Pictures and Videos of Space News
  4. Video: Chris Vorhees of Planetary Resources talk at Mars Society Conference
  5. Discuss Business
    1. Review OSA Accounts
    2. Discuss Activities for 2016
  6. OSIDA Report
  7. Chat

Minutes of April Meeting

         Oklahoma Space Alliance met at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore on April 9, 2016. Attending were Steve, Karen and Bryan Swift, Russ Davoren, Syd Henderson, Jasmine Kendricks, Claire and Clifford McMurray, Nico Cinocco, John Northcutt, Don Robinson, Tim Scott, Dave Sheely, Rob Stanley and Rosemary Swift. Our guest speaker for the meeting was Michael Coffman from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation, and he brought two children.
         There were eight FAA launch events in 2015, of which seven were successful, the exception being the loss of one of SpaceX’s resupply missions to the International Space Station. There were three licensed re-entries, all by SpaceX. (Orbital ATK’s resupply missions burn up in the atmosphere.) There were also three suborbital permits, two to Blue Origin and one to SpaceX. There were four launches from the United States to the Space Station, three by SpaceX and one by Orbital ATK. [Orbital had its own launch failure in 2014 and didn’t really get back to launching until well into 2015.--Syd]

         Blue Origin re-launched its New Shepard rocket on April 2, and we watched its third flight.
         The Bigelow expandable space module was attached to the Space Station in its compressed state. [It will be expanded on May 26 with live coverage on NASA TV.--Syd] Bigelow wants to have free-flying space hotels to be destinations for commercial launches.
         We watched a video on SpaceX’s landing capabilities. They plan to have one-third of their landings on land and the rest in the ocean.

         We watched a Bob Zubrin video. He mentions that the most important skills for a two-man crew landing on Mars are (1) the ability to fix things and (2) field geology. He didn’t mention the ability to grow potatoes.
         We have $1075.89 in our checking account and $207 in cash.

         After the meeting, fourteen of us went to Claire and Clifford McMurray’s house for a pizza party to celebrate Yuri’s Night and manned spaceflight. Attending were Jasmine, Rosemary, Dave Sheely, Tim Scott, Kay Fiel, Bill Sheely, Steve, Karen, Bryan, Nico, John and Syd, in addition to our hosts.

                                                                        --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.--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.

May 2016 Outreach (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)
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*

*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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