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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 Update most months when Outreach is published.
Oklahoma Space Alliance is now on Facebook at Oklahoma Space Alliance.
April 2019 Update (pdf format)
March 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
March 2019 Update (pdf format)
Space Priorities (pdf format)
April Meeting and Yuri's Night
Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. at Claire and Clifford McMurray’s house. Prospective members are also welcome. Their house is at 2715 Aspen Circle in Norman. An agenda is forthcoming. We are also hoping to have a Yuri's Night celebration that evening.
To get to the meeting either: (1) Take the Lindsey Street east exit from I-35, turn right at Berry, and proceed to Imhoff Road. Turn right at Imhoff, right at Poplar Lane, left at Aspen Lane, and right at Aspen Circle. The turns at Poplar, Aspen Lane and Aspen Circle are the first you can take, or (2) Take the Highway 9 east off I-35, turn left at Imhoff Road, left at Poplar, left at Aspen Lane, and right at Aspen Circle.
Minutes of March Meeting
Oklahoma Space Alliance of National Space Alliance met at Tom and Heidi Koszoru’s house on March 9. In attendance were Tom Koszoru, Adam Hemphill, Mike Hopkins, John Northcutt, Dave Sheely, Brian Swift, Steve and Karen Swift, and Syd Henderson. OSA President Clifford McMurray was unable to attend the meeting so OSA Vice-President David Sheely presided.
Clifford did an Update before leaving which contained links to articles, and the online videos we watched at the meeting, and it’s online at http://osa.nss.org/Update1903.pdf, so I’ll cover the highlights.
We watched a video of SpaceX’s Crew Demo 1’s night launch, and the landing of the first stage within the circle. We also watched a video of the docking of the spacecraft with the ISS.
We watched a video filmed by the rock group OK Go filmed over a hundred sessions in zero-G in a Russian airplane.
We watched a video of the SpaceShipTwo launch.
We watched a video of the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft sample-return mission at the asteroid Ryugu.
We watched a video of a test of a harpoon used to capture debris in orbit.
We watched video on the launch of EgyptSat and a video of the launch of Beresheet.
We watched a video composed of short pieces featuring Gerard O’Neill.
We introduced the subject of sponsoring sister chapters in other countries.
Our annual report to the NSS is due of February 15 of each year. Syd does the report of chapter activities and made some corrections at the meeting. Among other things were a world space week talk on October 8.
Kip will not be able to attend Soonercon. Syd will try to do some panels.
We have $963.95 in checking account and $267 in cash for a total of $1230.95.
The NSS website has changed to https://space.nss.org. We visited the new site.
We watched a Mars Society debate on the proposed Lunar Gateway launch platform at the Earth-Moon L1 point. (That’s the one between the Earth and the Moon.) John Mankins took the affirmative side and Robert Zubrin the negative. Zubrin appeared to have the better of the debate.
--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 Clifford McMurray.
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
Minutes of June 2018 Meeting
Notes of July 2018 Trip to Cosmosphere
Minutes of August 2018 Meeting
Minutes of September 2018 Meeting
Minutes of October 2018 Meeting
Minutes of November 2018 Meeting
Minutes of December 2018 Christmas Party
Minutes of January 2019 Meeting
Minutes of February 2019 Meeting
Minutes of March 2019 Meeting
*Includes notes on OSIDA meeting
Minutes of previous meetings
Contact person for Oklahoma Space Alliance is Claire McMurray
PO Box 1003
Norman, OK 73070
Webmaster is Syd Henderson.
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