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Minutes of January 2020 meeting.
Oklahoma Space Alliance met at the McMurrays’ house in Norman, Oklahoma on January 11, 2020. In attendance were Clifford and Claire McMurray, Adam Hemphill, John Northcutt, Tim Scott, Dave Sheely,. and Syd Henderson. OSA President Clifford McMurray presided over the meeting. He also did an Update with links to the online videos he presented. Since we did not do videos at the Christmas Party, he had two months worth of space events to present., and did not do another video at the end of the meeting. Kip presented This can be found at http://osa.nss.org/Update2001.pdf so I’ll cover the highlights.
Dave visited the OSIDA meeting. Boeing will be testing at Space Port Oklahoma.
We watched a video of the Starliner launch and the landing. It was the first time a human-rated space capable American space capsule has landed on land.
Employees of the Air Force Space Command, some 2000 people, will be transferred to the US Space Force. John “Jay” Raymond, the head of Space Command will be the head of the Space Force. A number of Air Force bases will be transferred to Space Force.
We watched a video of New Shepherd capsule landing, then Blue Origin itself taking off and landing.
We watched a video of Long March 5’s return to flight. There will be a test flight of Long March 8 around the middle of 2020.
We watched a video of Hayabusa 2 picking up samples from asteroid Ryuku.
We watched a video of Gordon Cooper on UFOs.
We have $659.96 in our checking account and $267 in our cashbox, for $926.96 total.
The ISDC is in Dallas from May 28 – 31.
Clifford asked a bunch of questions of what will happen in space this year
Space X will go to the station this year. (Yes from all)
Boeing's Starliner will go to the station this year. (Yes from all)
Virgin Galactic launches commercial flight. 5 no 2 yes.
Blue Origin flying (something, can't read own handwriting) all yes.
SLS launches test launch (4 no, 3 yes. Adam, John and Dave are the yesses)
We watched a video on commercial space habitats. We watched a SpaceX video on companies pursuing space habitats.
The “Down to Earth” video celebrates 20 years of continuous human presence in Space.
We watched a video of astronauts on the Space Station celebrating the holidays. Mostly Christmas and New Years but also Hannukah.
April is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13, which was launched on April 11, 1970 and had it’s famous accident on April 13, returning on April 17, Note that April 12 is the 59th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s space flight., so we’ll be commemorating both.
--Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson
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