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Who We Are:

        Oklahoma Space Alliance is the central Oklahoma Chapter of the National Space Society, one of the largest space advocacy groups in the country, and has existed for more than 20 years. Our purposes include promoting the exploration and development of space, educating the public to current events in space and the usefulness of an active space program, all with the intent of promoting a space-faring civilization.
        Oklahoma Space Alliance hosted the 23rd Annual International Space Development Conference on May 27-31, 2004. We previously hosted three Regional Space Development Conferences, assisted with earlier ISDCs, put displays in malls, hosted lectures, sponsored television interviews, hosted viewing nights, worked with other space-oriented groups and maintained local contact with the Oklahoma Space Industry Development Authority.
        Oklahoma Space Alliance helped out with the 2007 International Space Development Conference which was hosted by the National Space Society of North Texas in Dallas Texas from May 24 - 28, 2007, and put together a commemorative exhibit for the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11. This exhibit ran through July of 2009. (See below for details.)
        We do a bimonthly newsletter called Outreach and a monthly e-mail newsletterUpdate to keep our members informed of current developments in space and upcoming events they might be interested in. Editor of Outreach is Syd Henderson and editor of Update is David Sheely. David also does an Update most months when Outreach is published.

        Oklahoma Space Alliance is now on Facebook at Oklahoma Space Alliance.

July 2020 Outreach (pdf format)
July 2020 Update (pdf format)

Space Priorities (pdf format)

July Meeting

        (Announcement from OSA President) Due to ongoing concerns of some of our doctors, we are once again delaying the restart of in-person meetings for Oklahoma Space Alliance for another month or two. This month we'll have our online chapter meeting via Zoom.
         The meeting will begin promptly at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. Please sign into the meeting as close to this time as you can. If you have a camera, please start the video so we can see each other's shining faces. The free Zoom account allows only 40-minute meetings for 3 or more people, and the timer starts when the third person joins the meeting. Once that meeting times out, we can restart using the same link after 15 minutes have elapsed, so the plan will be to take a break at about 2:40 and resume for part two of the meeting at 3 PM. (Note, though, that last month Zoom extended our time so we didn’t have to divide the meeting.)
         For the meeting ID and password, contact Kip at 863-6173 (email cliffmcmurray at hotmail.com) or Syd Henderson at 365-8983 (e-mail sydh at ou.edu) and we will send you the information.
         If you have any questions about any of this, or want to do a quick practice session to avoid hiccups on Saturday, feel free to give Kip a call at (405) 863-6173 in the afternoon or evening on Friday. We hope to see you Saturday.

Saturday July 11, 2020 2:00 p.m. (tentative)

  1. Introductions and review of Space events this past month
  2. What’s Happening in Space, News, Pictures, and Videos approximately one hour
  3. Break
  4. Oklahoma Space Alliance Chapter Business Discussion
  5. Review OSA treasurer’s report
  6. Minutes of June Meeting
  7. Future Activities (Space week?)
  8. Video (to be announced)
  9. Chat

Minutes of June Meeting

         Oklahoma Space Alliance chapter of National Space Society had its regularly scheduled meeting on June 13. However, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we held the meeting online via Zoom. Attending the meeting were Clifford and Claire McMurray, Dave Sheely, Tim Scott, Robin Scott and Syd Henderson. Robin, who is the chapters correspondent for NSS Downlink, attended from Alabama. 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/Update2006.pdf. We initially were going to have to meet for forty minutes, then take a break and return later, because of time limit on free Zoom meetings, but Zoom extended our limit during the meeting.
         Since this was our first online meeting, there were a few glitches getting videos to play. We had to listen to a video tour of Endeavour (the SpaceX Crew Dragon that was their first manned launch), but later got the video to play and watch it again. I watched the docking and knew that there was a glittery stuffed dinosaur aboard and was glad to be introduced.
         Starlink now has 422 satellites in orbit. There will be thousands by the time SpaceX completes the network. If you count backups, it’s tens of thousands.
         Dave reported on the OSIDA meeting. They are meeting online for the same reasons we are. Craig Smith is the new Executive Director, replacing Bill Khourie, who had been Executive Director for a couple of decades.
         Sixteen years after SpaceShipOne went into space, we still do not have commercial manned spaceflight.
         We now have $672.94 in the checking account and $267 in the cash box, for a total of $939.94.
         Robin is doing info gathering for NSS Downlink. I put her on our mailing list and sent her Outreach and Update.
         We discussed whether to keep using Zoom. [There was concern about them blocking a Hong Kong blogger who wanted to do a memorial on the Tiananmen Square massacre. The Chinese government asked (probably demanded) that they do so. Kip investigated other hosting sites, and they all seemed to have feet of clay.]
                                    --Minutes by OSA Secretary Syd Henderson

Outreach & Update

       Outreach and Update are the newsletters of Oklahoma Space Alliance. Outreach is published in odd-numbered months and is sent both by post and by e-mail.Update is published in even-number months and is sent by e-mail. The December Update is often replaced by a meeting announcement election ballot, in which case the November minutes will be published in the January Outreach. You must be a member of Oklahoma Space Alliance to receive Outreach by post unless you are on our courtesy list. To receive newsletters by e-mail, contact Syd Henderson at the address at the bottom of the page. The newsletters listed below are slightly edited to turn them into web pages.
        Outreach is edited by Syd Henderson, and Update by Clifford McMurray.

July 2020 Outreach (pdf format)
July 2020 Update (pdf format)

January 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
January 2019 Update (pdf format)
February 2019 Update (pdf format)
March 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
March 2019 Update (pdf format)
April 2019 Update (pdf format)
May 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
May 2019 Update (pdf format)
June 2019 Update (pdf format)
July 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
July 2019 Update (pdf format)
August 2019 Update (pdf format)
September 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
September 2019 Update (pdf format)
October 2019 Update (pdf format)
November 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
November 2019 Update (pdf format)
January 2020 Outreach (pdf format)
January 2020 Update (pdf format)
February 2020 Update (pdf format)
March 2020 Outreach (pdf format)
March 2020 Update (pdf format)
April 2020 Update (pdf format)
May 2020 Outreach (pdf format)
May 2020 Update (pdf format)
June 2020 Update (pdf format)
July 2020 Outreach (pdf format)
July 2020 Update (pdf format)

Earlier issues of Newsletters

Minutes of Oklahoma Space Alliance Meetings May 2020 Update (pdf format)

Minutes of January 2019 Meeting
Minutes of February 2019 Meeting
Minutes of March 2019 Meeting
Minutes of April 2019 Meeting
Minutes of May 2019 Meeting
Minutes of June 2019 Meeting
Minutes of July 2019 Meeting
Minutes of August 2019 Meeting and Apollo 11 Celebration
Minutes of September 2019 Meeting
Minutes of October 2019 Meeting
Minutes of November 2019 Meeting
Minutes of December 2019 Meeting
Minutes of January 2020 Meeting
Minutes of February 2020 Meeting
The March, April and May 2020 meetings were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Minutes of June 2020 Meeting

*Includes notes on OSIDA meeting
Minutes of previous meetings

Contact person for Oklahoma Space Alliance is Claire McMurray
PO Box 1003
Norman, OK 73070
Webmaster is Syd Henderson.
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