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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.
November 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
November 2019 Update (pdf format)
Space Priorities (pdf format)

November Meeting:

Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9. 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.
This is the meeting at which we nominate officers. If you wish to serve as an officer of Oklahoma Space Alliance, please let us know at the meeting or contact Syd by e-mail at [email protected]. Syd will be sending out election ballots around the beginning of December by both e‑mail and snail mail. If you wish to be an officer, please contact him by December 1. Note that officers must be members of the National Space Society, though you can join at the Christmas party. Elections will be held at the Christmas Party, December 14 at the McMurrays.

Saturday November 9, 2019 2:00 p.m.
Place: McMurray Residence

  1. Introductions and review of Space events this past month
    1. What’s Happening in Space, News, Pictures, and Videos approximately one hour.
  1. Break
    1. Oklahoma Space Alliance Chapter Business Discussion
    1. Review OSA treasurer’s report
    2. Summary of August meeting minutes
    3. Officer nominations
    4. Christmas Party
  1. Video (to be announced)
  2. Chat

Minutes of October Meeting

            Oklahoma Space Alliance met at the McMurrays’ house in Norman, Oklahoma on October 12. In attendance were Clifford and Claire McMurray, Dave Sheely, Mike Hopkins, Adam Hemphill 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/Update1910.pdf so I’ll cover the highlights.
            We went through an article on a NASA agreement with Australia. Australia is a big mining country which will be helpful when we start developing resources on the Moon and Mars. The Australian Space Agency only formed last year.
            We watched a video of NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine explaining Artemis Phase 1. (Artemis 2 is the mission that will actually land people on the Moon.)
            We went through an article on China’s plans for lunar spacecraft.
            NASA wants to enable commercial free-flying platforms to provide destinations for commercial companies.
            We watched a video of Axiom Space’s modules for commercial users of the ISS. Axiom plans to eventually have a commercial space station. Nanoracks has a more modest ambition.
            We went through an article and video on Northop Grumman’s satellite servicing mission, MEV, which will extend the life of Intelsat 901, which is in geostationary orbit. MEV will remain attached to Intelsat 901 for five years, then move it to a graveyard orbit,
            The Senate Appropriation Committee would like to see a five-year budget profile of NASA’s plan to return to the Moon.
            The SLS could launch four Mars sample return missions on one flight.
            We went through an article on meat-growing in space using a 3-D printer.
            Mike informed us that cosmonaut Alexei Leonov died on October 11.
            We went through several episodes of This Week at NASA.
            The Hubble Space Telescope has detected water in the atmosphere of an exoplanet.
            TESS detected the tidal disruption of a star by a black hole. This event takes place only once every 10,000 – 100,000 years in a galaxy the size of the Milky Way.

Business: We’re hoping to arrange a meeting with Oklahoma City’s congresswoman Kendra Horn. Dave, Clifford and Adam will attend.
            Tom and Heidi Koszoru are both laid up, so the Christmas Party will probably be at the McMurrays.
            In January it will be time to decide again about meetup.

            We watched Elon Musk’s presentation of Starship. This will be 50 meters long, 9 meters in diameter, and have a dry mass of 85 tons. Raptor has three sea-level engines and three vacuum engineers. Superheavy has 37 engines total.
            We also watched a conversation with Elon Musk from the web show “Everyday Astronaut.”
--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.
            Pictures from the commemoration are in the September 2019 Outreach .
                                                                                                            -Notes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

Business meeting:
            We have $655.36 in checking account and $267 in cash, for a total of $922.36. (This was before I have Tim a check from a new membership.)

                       Kip went to the Tripoli LDRS meeting. Kip thinks it’s the most amazing space-related experience he’s had except for meeting Neil Armstrong. Someone did a full-scale V-2 replica and someone else a 1/10 scale Saturn V replica. (These were flown in previous years.) The LDRS event is held every Labor Day weekend at the Argonia, Kansas, Rocket Pasture.

During the exploration of the Northwest Passage, privately funded explorers did better than the government sponsored ones.
            We watched a video the acceptance speech of Jeffrey Manber, the CEO and co-founder of NanoRacks receiving the NSS Space Entrepreneur award at ISDC. He had a video about terpenes in microgravity. These occur in whiskeys and wines. Aging a beverage in microgravity for two years is equivalent to doing it for five years on Earth.
            In 2009, NanoRacks entered a contract to increase the exploitation of the ISS. NanoRacks has been on 35 launches, with 750 payloads, including 230 satellites deployed.
            Should we have a display for the opening of the movie Ad Astra, since it uses the name of the NSS magazine? [Apparently not.]

--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.

November 2019 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)
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)
September 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
September 2019 Update (pdf format)
October 2019 Update (pdf format)
November 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
November 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
Minutes of August 2019 Meeting and Apollo 11 Celebration
Minutes of September 2019 Meeting
Minutes of October 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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