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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.
March 2019 Outreach (pdf format)
March 2019 Update (pdf format)
Space Priorities (pdf format)
Oklahoma Space Alliance chapter of National Space Society will meet at 2:00 p.m. on March 9, 2019 at Tom and Heidi Koszoru’s house in Norman. Prospective members are also welcome. The house is at 514 Fenwick Court in Norman. Prospective members are also welcome.
To get the meeting either: (1) Take the Robinson Street west exit off I-35. Proceed west to 36th Street where you will turn left and go south until you turn left on Rambling Oaks (about half a mile north of Main Street). Fenwick Court is the third street on the left. Tom's house is the last on the left side, or (2) Take the Main Street west exit off I-35, proceed west past the Sooner Fashion Mall, and turn right at 36th Street, and go north until you turn right on Rambling Oaks (about half a mile north of Main Street). Fenwick Court is the third street on the left. The Koszoru house is the last on the left side.
Saturday March 9, 2019
Place: Tom and Heidi Koszoru’s house
514 Fenwick Court
Norman, OK 73072
Minutes of February Meeting
Oklahoma Space Alliance met the McMurrays’ house in Norman, Oklahoma on February 9. We were to meet at Zio’s but discovered that we got our signals crossed and nobody reserved the room. In attendance were Clifford and Claire McMurray, Mary Creasey, Adam Hemphill, Mike Hopkins, John Northcutt, Tim Scott, Dave Sheely, Brian Swift, Steve and Karen Swift, and Syd Henderson. 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/Update1902.pdf, so I’ll cover the highlights.
This was Adam’s first meeting. He goes to the Mars Society.
We watched a video of the test of the SpaceX Raptor flight engine. They will be creating Starhopper and have 21 flights scheduled for 2019. “Starship” is the name of the upper part of the rocket.
The Dragon capsule will have two crew members for the test flight and carry seven people when in full service.
We watched a video of the SpaceShipTwo launch,
Astronaut wings for the SpaceShipTwo crew members (and presumably future customers of SpaceX) have “Commercial Space Transportation” on them.
Kip (Clifford) mentioned that these suborbital companies are going to make a great deal of their money by flying experiments.
We watched a video of a January 23 launch on New Shepard. It was the fourth flight for this launch vehicle.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been operating since 2009. It recently photographed the Chang’e 4 lander (but couldn’t see the rover). We watched a video of Chang’e 4 landing on the Moon.
Chris Hadfield is doing online masterclasses on Space Exploration.
We watched a video of how to take space debris out of orbit.
We watched a video of the damage to the Columbus module of the ISS.
We watched a video about NASA cybersecurity threats during the government shutdown. NASA is the most attacked agency in the federal government.
We watched an ad of Mark Watley (Matt Damon) for Under Armor
Our annual report to the NSS is due of February 15 of each year. Syd does the report of chapter activities and made some corrections at the meeting. Among other things were a world space week talk on October 8.
Kip will not be able to attend Soonercon. Syd will try to do some panels.
We have $963.95 in checking account and $267 in cash for a total of $1230.95.
The NSS website has changed to https://space.nss.org. We visited the new site.
We watched a Mars Society debate on the proposed Lunar Gateway launch platform at the Earth-Moon L1 point. (That’s the one between the Earth and the Moon.) John Mankins took the affirmative side and Robert Zubrin the negative. Zubrin appeared to have the better of the debate.
--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.
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
*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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