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Minutes of May Meeting
Oklahoma Space Alliance met at the McMurrays’ house in Norman, Oklahoma on May 11, 2019. In attendance were Clifford and Claire McMurray, Adam Hemphill, Mike Hopkins, Tom Koszoru, Cary Miller, John Northcutt, Tim Scott, Bryan Swift, Steve and Karen Swift, and Syd Henderson. This was Cary’s first meeting. He is studying to be a biology teacher.
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/Update1905.pdf, so I’ll cover the highlights.
We watched the launch of a Falcon Heavy and the landing of the strap-on boosters.
The founder of Nanoracks will be at ISDC this year.
We watched the launch of the New Shepard 11 test flight, landing of rocket and capsule. This one carried 38 experiments to space on a suborbital flight.
Virgin Galactic is moving its operations to Spaceport America in New Mexico.
We watched a video on OSCaR, an autonomous mini-sat designed to clean up space debris. In the same vein, we watched a video on the new cube-shaped robot helpers on the ISS.
We watched a video on Blue Moon, a moon lander being developed by Blue Origin.
We watched a video on ways to deflect an asteroid, and one on a simulated deflection.
May 11 is the last day of the auction of Neil Armstrong’s memorabilia. We watched a video on the auction and visited the website.
Christine Koch’s stay on the ISS will be the longest stay in space by a female astronaut.
We watched a video of NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine before Congress.
We have $893.89 in checking and $267 in cash, but had to pay $118 for mailbox.
We discussed plans for the July 20 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon. Do we have a portable TV screen for showing videos? There will be to much light for a projector.
We will move the date of the June meeting to June 15 because ISDC and SoonerCon both fall on the weekend of the 8th.
There will be an Apollo 10 anniversary event at Weatherford High School Performing Arts Center on May 19. Syd will post a link on Facebook.
--Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson
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