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Minutes of March Meeting

         National Space Society’s Oklahoma Space Alliance chapter held its regular monthly meeting on March 10, 2018 at Earl’s Rib Palace in Moore, Oklahoma.  In attendance were OSA President David Sheely, Mike Hopkins, Tom Koszoru, Clifford McMurray, John Northcutt, Steve and Karen Swift, Brian Swift, Tim Ward, Trevor Pelletier.
         Dave provided links to most of the presentations in last month’s Update, which is online at http://osa.nss.org/Update1803.pdf,
         NASA’s budget is $19.7 billion. The Air Force’s budget for space is $24 billion.
         We watched a launch video for Japan’s H2, which launched a spy satellite.
         We watched a video on human exploration of the solar system, and the International Space Station.
         We watched a video of the launch of GOES by an Atlas V.
         We watched a Falcon 9 launch of the PAZ mission.
         We watched a video of the launch of a Progress module to the Space Station.
         Dave did a presentation of NASA Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs). Traditionally, NASA stops at TRL 6, Many NASA inventions at TRL 6 are given away for free.
         Bigelow’s BA330 is the first free-standing, expandable space habitat. We watched a promotional video for it by Bigelow.

         We have $1164.42 in account and $267 in cash for a total of $1431.42.
         Syd published the bylaws in the March Outreach. (One of the bylaws is that we publish the bylaws in the print newsletter.) Since several people at NSS HQ are on our mailing list, this also takes care of the provision of which NSS officers receive the bylaws.
         We’re aiming to do a road trip to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas. Proposed date is the second Saturday in June.

         We watched a video, “NASA’s Journey to Mars,” featuring simulation of proposed missions. The Gravity-Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit (GLCS) goes from shoulders to ankles, with stirrups around the feet, to prevent some of the deterioration in the body that happens in microgravity.
         Ocean worlds (excluding Earth) in the solar system include Europa, Titan, Triton, Ganymede, Callisto and Enceladus, all of which have oceans under an icy surface. The oceans are kept liquid by tidal heating which may also produce underwater vents to provide minerals and energy.

                                                                                 Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson


--Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

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