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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.

September 2017 Outreach (pdf format)

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

September 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
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July 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
Space Priorities (pdf format)

September Meeting:

         Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, 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.


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

  1. Introductions
  2. Eclipse in Wyoming (Dennis Wigley)
  3. What's Happening (Steve Swift)  (Pictures, Videos & Links)
  4. Discuss Business
    1. Review OSA Accounts
    2. Summary of August Meeting
    3. OSIDA Meeting Report
    4. New Business
  5. Feature Topic – Bridenstine
    1. Nomination as NASA Administrator
    2. Pros and Cons
    3. American Space Renaissance
  6. Discussion and Videos
  7. OSA Member Presentations/Discussions
  8. Chat

Minutes of August Meeting

         Oklahoma Space Alliance held its regular monthly Meeting on August 12 at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore, Oklahoma. Attending were Mike Hopkins, Claire and Clifford McMurray, Brent Shambaugh, Dave Sheely, Tim Scott, and Syd Henderson. OSA President Steve Swift could not attend the meeting. In his absence, OSA Vice-President David Sheely presided over the meeting.
         Dave provided an Update for this meeting, which covered most of the “What’s Happening In Space” part of the meeting. You can find it here: http://chapters.nss.org/ok/Update1708.pdf. I’ll go over a few highlights.
         Oklahoma University has been awarded a $161,000,000 contract for measuring carbon-based greenhouse gases and plant health with the goal of advancing understanding of the natural carbon cycle. The contract began in July, and is the largest contract in the University’s history. Although there are other carbon-based gases in the atmosphere, the most important for the study are carbon dioxide, methane, and carbon monoxide. [Although carbon monoxide is not itself a greenhouse gas (all greenhouse gases must have at least three atoms, the greenhouse effect coming from resonant effects on the bonds), it is oxidized to carbon dioxide, which is. Water, nitrous oxide, ozone and sulfur dioxide are examples of greenhouse gases that do not contain carbon.] The satellite OU will be developing is the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory (Geocarb) and will continuously monitor the Western Hemisphere.
         We watched a video on Space Medicine, and a video on the launch of the Soyuz-21.a which carried 73 satellites. The main payload was the Kanopus-V-IK remote sensing satellite; the rest was mostly cubesats.
         We watched a video of Congressman Bridenstine on the Space Renaissance and the return of the Space Council, given at the University of Washington, DC. Different agencies and branches of the government each have their own agenda.[This talk becomes even more important since Bridenstine is slated to be the next head of NASA.]
         Robert Cox is the new Chairman of the OSIDA board.

         Dave: There is a great need for medical research in space. To date, we’ve only sent the healthiest humans into space. Health problems have been minimal so far.
         Some space-manufactured pharmaceuticals have high potential due to their high value per mass. Gold is worth $55 million per metric ton, but some pharmaceuticals are worth over a billion dollars per metric ton. [An aside: a metric ton is about 2205 pounds, or about ten percent larger than a short ton.]
         Clifford: Manufacturing aboard the Space Station has problems due to vibrations, since it is a crewed vehicle.
         A Google search revealed only one program in Space Medicine at any University, namely Baylor University.
         Cislunar Explorers will launch a cube sat beyond low-earth orbit.

         We have $1058.26 in checking and $267 in cash.
         We need a list of paying members for approval of bylaws. Proposed bylaws will be sent by e-mail.

NASA Statement on Nomination for Agency Administrator

         The following is a statement from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot on Friday’s announcement of the intended nomination by President Donald Trump of U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine to serve as the 13th NASA administrator:

         “I am pleased to have Rep. Bridenstine nominated to lead our team. Of course, the nomination must go through the Senate confirmation process, but I look forward to ensuring a smooth transition and sharing the great work the NASA team is doing.

         “I look forward to working with a new leadership team, and the administration, on NASA’s ongoing mission of exploration and discovery. Our history is amazing, and our future is even brighter, as we continue to build on this nation’s incredible global leadership in human exploration, science, aeronautics and technology.”

         Bridenstine, a pilot in the U.S. Navy Reserve and former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium, was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District. He currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.
For information about NASA’s missions, discoveries and activities, visit: https://www.nasa.gov
 [From nasa.gov.]

National Space Society Congratulates Representative Jim Bridenstine on His Nomination to be NASA Administrator (from nss.org)

         “NSS looks forward to working with Representative Bridenstine in his new role as the NASA Administrator,” said Dale Skran, NSS Executive Vice President and Chair of the NSS Policy Committee. “Representative Bridenstine over his years in Congress worked with NSS to advance America’s space program. He has introduced the American Space Renaissance Act, which has been a powerful tool for advancing new ideas to improve America’s position in space.”
         Representative Bridenstine brings to his new job both political and aeronautical experience. A three-term member of Congress, Bridenstine served as a naval aviator from 1998-2007, and in the naval reserve from 2010-2015, mainly flying the E-2C Hawkeye. Additionally, Bridenstine was the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. Bridenstine has degrees from Rice University (triple major in Economics, Psychology, and Business), and an MBA from Cornell.
         “Representative Bridenstine is one of a growing group in Congress that fully appreciates the importance of space commerce and space resources to the human future,” said NSS Senior Vice President Bruce Pittman. “We look forward with great anticipation to working with Jim Bridenstine to lead America back to the Moon and to develop a thriving economy in space.”
Mark Hopkins, Chair of the NSS Executive Committee, added, “Some may be concerned that Representative Bridenstine is not an engineer or scientist. We should all recall that one of the greatest NASA administrators, Jim Webb, was a lawyer. America is lucky to have Jim Bridenstine as NASA Administrator.

        Syd here: Members of Oklahoma Space Alliance have met with Representative Bridenstine of the last few years and we’ve presented the paper he presented on how he views the future of the Space Program, which he has been putting into legislation.  He’s clearly a man with a clear vision of what he wants us to do in space, and most of it coincides with what NSS wants to do. I think he should be easily confirmed, but the Senate confirmation process takes a couple of months. President Trump also has to appoint a deputy administrator for NASA, especially since the acting deputy administrator, Lisa Roe, is expected imminently to be named Chancellor of the University of North Texas.

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 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)
August 2017 Update (pdf format)
September 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)
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)

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
Minutes of July 2017 Meeting
Minutes of August 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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