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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

September 2016 Outreach (pdf format)
September 2016 What's Happening (pdf format)
This update will be presented at the September meeting
June 2016 Update (pdf format)
Space Priorities (pdf format)

July 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)
March 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)

September Meeting:

         Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, 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.
         We were hoping that Congressman Bridenstine would speak at this meeting, but it now looks like that make take place in September or October. OSA president Steve Swift is undergoing medical treatment and won’t be able to preside, so OSA VP Dave Sheely will lead the meeting.

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

  1. Introductions
    1. Space News, Pictures, and Videos by David Sheely
  2. Break
  3. Elon Musk on 60 Minutes  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmGMLdZY1HA
  4. Discuss Business
    1. Review OSA Accounts
    2. Summary of August   Meeting
    3.  Visit by Congressman Bridenstine delayed until November, per Steve Swift
    4. Meeting with Steve Carson from Senator Lankford’s  office
    5.  Enterprise in Space
    6. Initiating a Lunar Power Utility, L5 Sacramento
    7. Changes to the Chapter’s Assembly bylaws
  5. Chat

Minutes of August Meeting

         Oklahoma Space Alliance met at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore on August 13, 2016.  In attendance were Dave Sheely, Syd Henderson, Bryan Swift, Karen Swift, Rosemary Swift, and Claire and Clifford McMurray.  And Tracee (no last name given). OSA President Steve Swift is still undergoing medical treatment, so in his absence, Vice President Dave Sheely presided.
         We have $1045.99 in the bank account and $257 in cash, for a total of $1302.99.
         We watched a video of the July 18 SpaceX resupply mission to the Space Station. This mission also had a successful first-stage landing at Cape Canaveral.
         Dave Sheely is going to meet with Senator Langford. He’s currently talking to the Senator’s aides.
         On August 3, the Moon Express received permission from the FAA to launch a rocket that will go to the Moon in 2017. [This, by the way, gives the Moon Express a great chance to win the Lunar X-Prize, although Astrobotic plans to launch via SpaceX by the end of the year. First prize is $20 million. Second prize is $5 million. For more information, see http://www.space.com/30720-moon-express-private-lunar-launch-2017.html]
         There was an article on the Oklahoma Spaceport in the Oklahoman.
         The Humans to Mars Summit was May 17 – 19 at George Washington University and videos are available.
         China had a surprise launch of a Long March 3 rocket apparently with a classified payload.
         We watched a promotional video for Dreamcatcher by the Sierra Nevada Corporation.
         The World Space Week is around October 4. [Exact dates are October 4 – 10. We have an OSA meeting on October 8.] We can try a field trip during that time to the Remote Sensing Lab at OU.
         If we can arrange a meeting with Representative Bridenstine, we could have it at a library.
            We watched a Robert Zubrin video in which he was making his Case for Mars at a Moscow conference. The Saturn V could take 140 tons to LEO, which was enough to build a Mars Direct mission. If you took smoking tobacco from an astronaut and sent him to Mars, he would suffer a lower risk of cancer than if he were to stay on Earth and continue smoking.
         The surface area of the Moon is approximately equal to that of North and South America put together. [It’s 42.5 million square kilometers for the Americas to 37.7 million for the Moon, but the estimate may not be including Greenland and other islands.]
         There may be more platinum on the surface of the Moon than all the reserves on Earth.
         We watched Moonshot episode 6 about the Moon Express.
         OSIDA notes: The OSIDA board met on August 10. Dave Sheely went on the behalf of OSA.
         THOR GUARD lightning prevention and detection equipment was received at the Spaceport.
         There is now a National Association of Spaceports to which OSA is a member.
--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.

September 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)
June 2016 Update (pdf format)
July 2016 Outreach (pdf format)
September 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*
Minutes of May 2016 Meeting
Minutes of June 2016 Meeting
Minutes of July 2016 Meeting*
Minutes of August 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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