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Minutes of January 2021 Meeting

            Oklahoma Space Alliance chapter of National Space Society had its regularly scheduled meeting on January 9, 2021. However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we held the meeting online via Zoom. Attending were David Sheely, Clifford and Claire McMurray, Seth Potter, Tim Scott, and Syd Henderson.\OSA president David Sheely 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/Update2101.pdf, so I’ll cover the details that aren’t covered there.
            We watched a video on the Chang’e 5 Moon mission and sample return and the history of the Chinese space program.
            Much of the “smoke” you saw during Shuttle launches was steam from the sound suppression system.
            We went through an article on Kilopower, noting that this uses U235 (enhanced uranium, not weapons grade).
            We watched a video on the Prometheus engine developed by Arianespace.
            We watched a video about the Chinese gravitational wave satellite.
            We watched the launch of the Turksat via SpaceX Falcon 9.
            SpaceX is having their next test of Starship. We watched an animation of the launch.

Business:
            Dave renewed his family membership.
            We now have $674.21 in the bank account and $267 in cash, for a total of $941.21.

            Claire: There is a way to donate money to the NSS and have it go directly to chapters.

Post Meeting:
            We watched a video on Kilopower reactors on Mars.
            Bob Zubrin has a new book, Ingenuity, coming out.
            We are still hoping to have a belated Holiday party as soon as enough people are vaccinated.

--Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

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