OKLAHOMA SPACE ALLIANCE

A Chapter of the National Space Society

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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.

August 2019 Update (pdf format)
July 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
July 2019 Update (pdf format)

Space Priorities (pdf format)

August Meeting:

            Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 10. 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.
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. Agenda is forthcoming.

Minutes of July Meeting

            Oklahoma Space Alliance met the McMurrays’ house in Norman, Oklahoma on July 13. In attendance were Clifford and Claire McMurray, Russ Davoren, Steve Galpin, Adam Hemphill, Mike Hopkins, John Northcutt, Tim Scott, Dave Sheely, and Syd Henderson  OSA President Clifford McMurray presided over the meeting. . He also did an Update with links to the videos he presented. This can be found at http://osa.nss.org/Update1907.pdf, so I’ll cover the highlights.
            We watched a video of the June 25 Falcon Heavy  launch by Space X, and the subsequent booster landing. They also covered half the fairing, which was the first time they had recovered any of it. SpaceX first stages have now flown twice and some may have flown five times by the end of the year. SpaceX believes they are capable of flying ten times before retirement.
            Chris Hadfield has a Masterclass that we watched an ad to.        
            We watched a video on Chandrayaan 2, which is scheduled to launch on July 14.
            The US Government is getting concerned with lunar landing contenders which are partnering with foreign governments.
            We watched a video of Hayabusa 2’s second touchdown on asteroid Ryuku. Hayabusa 2 is now heading back to Earth.
            We watched a video about Dragonfly, the newly approved spacecraft that will fly through Titan’s atmosphere. It will weigh about 300 kg and is about the size of a sedan,
            What about commercial copyright for commercial users of the Space Station? NASA won’t be able to get commercial users to rent space if the users don’t have rights to what they discover.
            Farouk Al-Baz was an Egyptian-American space scientist who trained NASA astronauts as geologists.
            Kip mentioned that in the early part of the launch of a Saturn V, the fuel was going down more rapidly than the rocket was going up.
            There’s a new documentary Armstrong coming out that has been approved by Neil Armstrong’s family. We listened to a video of the theme song “Flight of Fancy.”
            Science has an article on Cassini’s flyby of Saturn’s rings.
            We watched a video about the ULA (United Launch Alliance). The ULA got a Von Braun Award.

Business:  We now have 809.23 in checking and 267 in cash.

Apollo 11 event preparations: we can serve beverages, as long as they’re not red (and are non-alcoholic).
            Claire reserved a TV. Does it have an internet connection?
            We will have an easel on which to put up aposter. We need to bring a clipboard or two. Syd has several.
            Mike has been putting together a bunch of posters commemorating the Apollo missions and earlier related flights. We also have a large poster showing Moon landing sites.
            We have models of a Saturn V, including a large one to put in  a display case, and one of the command module attached to the LEM.
            We will bring the Moon globe.
            Mike, John and Syd will be there at 10:00 a.m.--Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

Apollo 11 Commemoration

            Oklahoma Space Alliance hosted a 50th Anniversary commemoration of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20 at the Norman Pioneer Library. Ten people attended from Oklahoma Space Alliance and at least 40 non-members visited, although we never had more than 16 at one time, which was enough for a lively discussion.  We had refreshments, and two sheet cakes, each of which had two pictures from Apollo 11. We refrained from decapitating the astronauts.
            Mike Hopkins had made up a bunch of 8 by 11 posted detailing the history of missions to the Moon, including the main Apollo missions. We also had posters of lunar landing sites, and one of the famous photograph of Earth in the lunar sky. Adam brought a disk of the documentary Apollo 11, as did Syd, but neither worked with the keyboard he was using, so he downloaded it off the Web and we watched it that way.
            Syd took photographs which he will put on the web site, and possibly in the September Outreach.
            We had a clipboard for people to sign up and thirteen did, about half of whom left contact information.

--Notes 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.

August 2019 Update (pdf format)
July 2019 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)
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)
July 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
August 2018 Update (pdf format)
September 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
September 2018 Update (pdf format)
October 2018 Update (pdf format)
November 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
November 2018 Update (pdf format)
January 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
January 2019 Update (pdf format)
February 2019 Update (pdf format)
March 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
March 2019 Update (pdf format)
April 2019 Update (pdf format)
May 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
May 2019 Update (pdf format)
June 2019 Update (pdf format)
July 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
July 2019 Update (pdf format)
August 2019 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
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
Minutes of April 2019 Meeting
Minutes of May 2019 Meeting
Minutes of June 2019 Meeting
Minutes of July 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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