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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 Updat

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

June 2018 Update (pdf format)
May 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
May 2018 Update (pdf format)

Space Priorities (pdf format)

June Meeting:

         Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on June 9, 2018 at Earl's Rib Palace, 920 SW 25th St, Moore, OK. This is between the 1-35 West Frontage Road and Telegraph Road. Telephone number is 793-7427.

Saturday June 9, 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 the recent International Space Development Conference
  2. Break
  3. Oklahoma Space Alliance Chapter  Business Discussion
    1. Review OSA  treasure’s report
    2. Summary of  May’s meeting minutes
    3. Review of All Chapters meetings held May 24
    4. Discussion of topics for future meetings
    5. Discussion of better ways to involve non-NSS member type people.
    6. Discussion of OSA-NSS website.
    7. Finalizing plans for the July 14th  meeting; a trip to the Cosmosspere,  International Science Center & Space Museum in Hutchinson, KS ( 219 miles or 3 ½ hour drive from Moore, OK)
    8. Other issues
  4. Video  Outward Bound: Colonizing Titan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdpRxGjtCo0
  5. Chat

Minutes of May Meeting

                National Space Society’s Oklahoma Space Alliance chapter held its regular monthly meeting on May 12, 2018 at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore, Oklahoma.  Attending were OSA President David Sheely, Mike Hopkins, Claire and Clifford  McMurray, John Northcutt, Steve and Karen Swift, Brian Swift, and Stephanie Thibodeau, a Kent, and Syd Henderson. David did an Update last month that is online at http://chapters.nss.org/ok/osanss.html and contains links to his presentations, so I’ll go over the highlights and videos.
                We watched a video from This Week at NASA of new NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
                We watched a video of a virtual trip through the Lagoon Nebula [in Sagittarius] from images from the Hubble Space Telescope.
                We watched a video of the cancellation of the Lunar Rover Mission.
                We watched a video about the air Force Space Fence (radar) at Kwajalein.
                We watched a Space News interview with Heather Wilson, the Secretary of the Air Force, which included information on the reorganization of the Space and Missile Systems Center.
                We watched  video on nuclear reactors for space missions. The kilopower reactors would supply power to bases on the Moon and Mars, and perhaps other missions.
                We watched videos on the Mars InSight mission and its companion Cube Sats MarCO A & B.
                We watched a video on the launch of TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Star Survey. It was launched by SpaceX, and the first stage of the launcher was returned.
                SpaceX will fuel manned missions. Kip McMurray: they will have to fuel with astronauts on the pad.
                We have $1033.75 in our checking account and $267 in the cash box.
                Claire went over some of the questions for the Space Concept quiz.
                National Space Society now has a chapter in India.
                December is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8, the first manned space mission to orbit a celestial body other than the Earth.

                Oklahoma Space Alliance will travel to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas on July 14 instead of our regular meeting. Some people will be going up the night before, and some us will be carpooling. Dave will be carpooling so contact him. We should not leave after 8:00 a.m. Cost is $26 for adults, $23 for Seniors and $17 for Children.

                We watched a Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin) Keynote address at SATELLITE about reusability, as in aircraft. The marginal cost of propellant is vanishingly small compared to that of the craft itself. New Shepard will fly so frequently that it will be a driver for new technology.

                                                                                                  --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.

June 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)

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

*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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