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Minutes of January 2018 Oklahoma Space Alliance

       National Space Society’s Oklahoma Space Alliance chapter held its regular monthly Meeting on January 13, 2018 at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore, Oklahoma.  In attendance were new OSA President David Sheely, Russ Davoren, Kay Fiel, Mike Hopkins, John Northcutt, Tom Koszoru, Claire and Clifford McMurray, Tim Scott, Steve and Karen Swift, Bryan Swift and Syd Henderson. Dave presided over the meeting.
       Bryan, Cliff and Syd met on January 7 to go over the bylaws and we discussed out conclusions. One question that had to be decided was what constitutes a quorum. We decided two officers and one-third of paid members.
       Dave did an Update (technically a What’s Happening in Space), which is online at http://osa.nss.org/Update1801.pdf and contains links to what we discussed on current space events.
       We watched a video of a SpaceX launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. This was a successful follow-up to a failed launch last October. We also watched a video of the December 15 SpaceX launch of a Dragon Capsule to the International Space Station and the landing of the first stage.
       We watched a video by Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides, a TEDx talk on “Can space exploration bring out the best in us?”

       Astronaut John Young died a few days before the meeting and we did a retrospective on him. In addition to being one of the twelve men who walked on the Moon and the commander of the first Shuttle flight, Young was one of the first two Americans to go into space in a Gemini capsule (the other being his crewmate Gus Grissom), and the first man to orbit the Moon alone. His 42-year career is unsurpassed.

       We watched a talk by Jeff Greason on “Missions Enabled by the Plasma Magnet.” This is a device that can attain high velocities by using a magnetic field as a solar sail and using the solar wind to accelerate. The farther away from the Sun, the larger the field gets, so it continues to accelerate until it reaches the velocity of the Solar Wind, and can reach Neptune in four months. Slowing it down is another matter. I figure that if you send it to a nearby star, you can use the stellar wind from that star to decelerate.

       Annual reports are due February 15. We need to get our material to Tim by the February 10 meeting.


--Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

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