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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.

October 2018 Update (pdf format)

September 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
September 2018 Update (pdf format)

Space Priorities (pdf format)

Notices:Saint Louis Space Frontier (the group who hosted the 2017 International Space Development Conference) is hosting a regional Space Development Conference, will be hosting a regional space development conference on September 1. I'm awaiting details.

Closer to home, the North Texas Chapter of National Space Society is hosting a Regional Space Development Conference on October 27.


 October Meeting:

         Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on October 13, 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 October 13, 2018

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

  1. Introductions and review of Space events this past month
    1. What’s Happening in Space, News, Pictures, and Videos approximately one hour.
    2. Short presentation of the National Space Society’s Space Settlement Roadmap General Milestones 4-6
  2. Break
  3. Oklahoma Space Alliance Chapter  Business Discussion
    1. Review OSA  treasure’s report
    2. Summary of  September   meeting minutes
    3. Discuss members planning to go to the Space Roundup 2018,
      1. Registration Website: https://txcrsdc.org/
      2. Location: Girl Scouts STEM Center of Excellence, 6010 Whispering Cedars Drive, Dallas, TX 75236
      3. Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
      4. Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
      5. Cost, including meal:
        1. Non NSS Member, Adult: $50
        2. NSS Member, Adult:  $40
        3. Student below age 18:  $35
        4. Girl Scout:  $30
    4. Review of OSIDA meeting
    5. Review of the World Space Conference
    6. Other issues
  4. Video:  TBD given at the International Space Development Conference last May, in Los Angeles, CA.   45 minutes
  5. Chat

Minutes of September Meeting

         National Space Society’s Oklahoma Space Alliance chapter held its regular monthly meeting on September 8, 2018 at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore, Oklahoma. Attending were OSA President David Sheely, Mike Hopkins, Tom Koszoru, Claire and Clifford McMurray, John Northcutt, Michael Smith-Antonides, Steve and Karen Swift, Bryan Swift and Syd Henderson. David Sheely presided over the meeting.

         Most of the “What’s Happening in Space” segment was in last month’s Update, so I’ll just cover the highlights. Update is on our website, http://osa.nss.org/Update1809.pdf.
         We went to the website for the Parker Solar Probe and watched a video about it. It takes fifty-five times more energy to go to the Sun than to Mars, which is why the Parker Solar Probe has to make seven flybys of Venus and twenty-four orbits total to achieve its closest approach of 3.7 miles (.04 au). [The first Venus flyby was on October 3.]
         We watched a video made from photographs from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter set to Debussy’s Clair de Lune. This included the movement of the terminator across the Moon’s surface.
         We watched a video of Rocket Launches on the Planetary Post hosted by Robert Picardo of Star Trek: Voyager fame. This included footage of the launch of the Parker Solar Probe.
         The United Launch Alliance was answering questions about the Orion rocket.
         We watched a video in which NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine spoke NASA’s space priorities and about the potential Space Force.
         We watched a video on ARCA’ progress with the Aerospike engine.
         We watched a video, “Is Space Worth it?”
         We watched several weeks of “This Week at NASA,” including the launch of the Parker Solar Probe, engine tests for the Space Launch System, and the final approach of OSIRIS-REx to the asteroid Bennu.
         We watched a video of the Russian launch to the ISS, and a compilation of launches during August.

         OSA is moving its website for chapters.nss.org to osa.nss.org. This involves changing that URL everywhere it appears in the webpages [which was not as difficult as it sounds, because Jim Plaxco was able to change it wherever it appeared in the HTML pages. I still have to do it for the pdf files, but since the old URL redirects to the new, it’s not urgent. Website is completely relocated.]
We can celebrate the arrival of the New Horizon space probe at MU69, which will be on New Year’s Day.

                We watched a video of Gerard O’Neill’s widow giving opening remarks before giving Jeff Bezos the Space Pioneer Foundation Award.
                We looked at proposed Space Force Uniform images. I demand a beret.
                Tom Koszoru has volunteered to host the Christmas Party.

                                                               --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.

October 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)
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)

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

*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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