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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.

June 2019 Update (pdf format)

May 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
May 2019 Update (pdf format)

Space Priorities (pdf format)

 Oklahoma Space Alliance will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019. at Claire and Clifford McMurray’s house. Prospective members are also welcome. Their house is at 2715 Aspen Circle in Norman. 
To get to the meeting either: (1) Take the Lindsey Street east exit from I-35, turn right at Berry, and proceed to Imhoff Road. Turn right at Imhoff, right at Poplar Lane, left at Aspen Lane, and right at Aspen Circle. The turns at Poplar, Aspen Lane and Aspen Circle are the first you can take, or (2) Take the Highway 9 east off I-35, turn left at Imhoff Road, left at Poplar, left at Aspen Lane, and right at Aspen Circle.

  Things are delayed this month since Kip and Claire were at the International Space Development Conference and several of us were at Soonercon. This agenda is tentative. I'm sure Kip and Claire will want to tell us what went on at ISDC. Hopefully I'll have an Update and an official agenda tomorrow.

  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
    1. Review OSA treasurer’s report
    2. Summary of May meeting minutes
    3. Summary of July event planning meeting
  5. Report on ISDC
  6. Discuss proposal to sponsor an international sister chapter

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.
Business meeting:
            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

Yuri’s Night

            After the April meeting, Claire, Clifford, Mike and Syd stayed to celebrate Yuri’s Night. (Yuri’s Night is April 12, but we waited to the meeting.)  We watched a documentary, Starman, on Yuri Gagarin and part of The Red Stuff, a documentary on the early history of the Russian space program. Plan is to watch the rest of The Red Stuff at a future meeting. I believe Starman was included as an extra on the disk, but it’s a solid documentary.

                                                                        --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

June 2019 Update (pdf format)

January 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
February 2017 Update (pdf format)

March 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
April 2017 Update (pdf format)
May 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
June 2017 Update (pdf format)
July 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
August 2017 Update (pdf format)
September 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
October 2017 Update (pdf format)
November 2017 Outreach (pdf format)
January 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
January 2018 Update (pdf format)
February 2018 Update (pdf format)
March 2018 Outreach (pdf format)March 2018 Update (pdf format)
April 2018 Update (pdf format)
May 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
May 2018 Update (pdf format)
June 2018 Update (pdf format)
July 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
August 2018 Update (pdf format)
September 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
September 2018 Update (pdf format)
October 2018 Update (pdf format)
November 2018 Outreach (pdf format)
November 2018 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)

Earlier issues of Newsletters

January 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
February 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
March 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
July 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
November 2014 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
March 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
May 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
July 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
September 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
November 2015 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
January 2016 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
March 2016 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
July 2016 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
September 2016 What's Happening (pdf format)
November 2016 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
January 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
March 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
May 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
July 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
September 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)
November 2017 What's Happening in Space (pdf format)

2013 What's Happening In Space (pdf format)
(Note, during even months, "What's Happening in Space" is incorporated in Update.)

Minutes of Oklahoma Space Alliance Meetings

Minutes of January 2017 Meeting
Minutes of February 2017 Meeting
Minutes of March 2017 Meeting
Minutes of April 2017 Meeting
Minutes of May 2017 Meeting
Minutes of June 2017 Meeting
Minutes of July 2017 Meeting
Minutes of August 2017 Meeting
Minutes of September 2017 Meeting
Minutes of October 2017 Meeting
Minutes of November 2017 Meeting
Minutes of December 2017 Meeting*
Minutes of January 2018 Meeting
Minutes of February 2018 Meeting
Minutes of March 2018 Meeting
Minutes of April 2018 Meeting
Minutes of May 2018 Meeting
Minutes of June 2018 Meeting
Notes of July 2018 Trip to Cosmosphere
Minutes of August 2018 Meeting
Minutes of September 2018 Meeting
Minutes of October 2018 Meeting
Minutes of November 2018 Meeting
Minutes of December 2018 Christmas Party
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
*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.
Copyright 2019 Oklahoma Space Alliance.