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Minutes of October Meeting

         Oklahoma Space Alliance chapter of National Space met on October 17, 2020. (The meeting was moved from the second Saturday since several regulars had to be out of town.) Attending were Cliff and Claire McMurray, Tim Scott, Dave Sheely and Syd Henderson. OSA president Clifford McMurray presided over the meeting. He did an Update discussing links to material covered in the meeting and this is online at http://osa.nss.org/Update2010.pdf , so I’ll cover the highlights that aren’t covered there.
         We watched a video of ISS Astronaut Kate Rubins voting electronically from space.
         There was an apparent finding that phosphine had been found in the atmosphere of Venus. BepiColombo will not go close enough to Venus on its current flyby to detect phosphine but will on the next flyby. [The phosphine signature now looks to have been a false positive, but I’m sure BepiColombo will still look.
         RocketLab is planning a 2023 private launch to Venus. ESA, Russia and India are also planning Venus flybys.

         UAEs Rashid Lunar Rover would hitch a ride with another country’s organization. If successful, the United Arab Emirates would be the fourth nation to make a soft Moon landing. The rover would be 10 centimeters high, half a meter across and weigh ten kilograms. They want to take a look at electrostatic dust.
         All of Bigelow’s employees are in furlough due to the COVID-19 emergency.
         We watched a video of the Astra crash.
         The Momentus satellite transport service has their first launch next year. They will transport satellites from a temporary parking orbit to where the customer wants them to orbit
         We watched a promotional video of ICON, which is working on a system to use 3D printing for construction in space.
         Tom Cruise apparently really is going to film on the ISS. His director is Doug Liman, known for The Bourne Identity as well as Edge of Tomorrow and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
         Estée Lauder would not be the first company to shoot a commercial in space [though probably would be the first to do it on the ISS]. The Russians shot commercials aboard Mir.

         Brian Binnie, whose autobiography is The Magic and Menace of SpaceShipOne was the man who flew the flight that won the X-Prize,

Business:
         We now have $642.21 in the bank account and $267 in cash, giving us $909.21 total.
         Next month we need to discuss whether to have a Christmas Party and whether and how to collect dues [and hold elections]

         Computer experts are remastering Apollo and Gemini films the way Peter Jackson did for World War I footage in “They Shall Not Grow Old.” We watched a remastered video of a Gemini spacewalk.

                                                                  --Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

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