The National Space Club Florida Committee is one of three regional committees of the National Space Club in Washington, D.C. We provide information on space activities through monthly luncheons, promoting space leadership, stimulating advancement of space applications, sponsoring educational activities, and providing recognition for contributions to advancements in aerospace science, operations, research, and education.

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April 26 at 7 p.m. Dinner (Black Tie Optional) at Debus Center, KSC-VC

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Welcome to The National Space Club Florida Committee

This is Your Personal Invitation to Support Space on the Space Coast!!

LSA 4 is April 8 - 11! This is your opportunity to attend what may be this year's biggest conference on the Space Coast. LSA 4 is dedicated to putting the spotlight on KSC, Brevard County, Central Florida and the US and what we're offering the national and international space industry players in government, commercial space, educational institutions and professional organizations. To further Lunar and space exploration, LSA 4, the 4th International Workshop on Lunar and Planetary Compact and Cryogenic Science and Technology Applications, or Lunar Science Applications for short, will be held April 8-11, 2014, at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and the interested public are invited to attend.

Several of the week's activities are free and open to the public. Friday we're putting the Spotlight on Kennedy Space Center (KSC). And you can participate via the Internet if it's more convenient. Read on and visit ( for more details and to register.

Senior Design Showcase Judges Invitation 2014

Florida Institute of Technology is pleased to announce that the Northrop Grumman Engineering and Science Student Design Showcase will be held on Friday, April 18, in the Clemente Center on the Florida Tech Campus. Last year, more than 100 engineering, science and mathematics projects were exhibited at the showcase. The event was a huge success, thanks in part to over 100 professionals like you who served in the critical capacity as showcase judges.

Typically there are 4-8 projects in each category, and individuals are asked to judge one category. Our doors open at 9:00 a.m. with judging beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding by 3:30 p.m. We will provide you with instructions, judging criteria and forms. The role of a judge is to engage with FIT students as they present their senior research projects. This is a great opportunity for both the student and industry. Students get to interact with industry professionals and industry has the opportunity to meet FIT’s brightest seniors preparing to join the workforce. Judges will be given a parking pass, offered complimentary breakfast and lunch and you will also receive an official FIT 2014 Showcase T-Shirt in appreciation of your time and talent. After lunch the scores will be tallied and winners selected. The award ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m. when President Dr. Catanese and Northrop Grumman will present and recognize the top prizes. You are encouraged to stay for awards, although we know as busy professionals your schedule may be filled with late afternoon commitments.

This event is a very important activity in a Florida Tech student’s senior year. We believe that the opportunity to meet industry professionals and get crucial feedback on their work, helps the students become better engineers and scientists as they enter the workforce. This is only possible with the gift of your time and talent. Please Respond by April 4.

Please click here to fill out an application.

New Display Case for The Forrest S. McCartney National Defense Space Award

Updated display case to reflect Award's renaming to The Forrest S. McCartney National Defense Space Award. The display is located in Tallahassee on the 22nd floor of the Capitol Building.

The NSC thanks the following March sponsors

Aerospace Corporation
AI Solutions
Booz Allen
Chenega Security and Support Solutions
Coastal Steel
Craig Technologies
Delaware North Parks & Resorts
Hilton Cocoa Beach
Indyne/Dynamac (sharing)
Inomedic Health Applications
Kennedy Space Center
Federal Credit Union
Lockheed Martin
Millenium Engineering
Nelson Engineering
Sierra Lobo/Yang Enterprises (sharing)
Space Coast Launch Services
Space Florida
United Launch Alliance

Dear Space Worker,

We at the U. S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation take great pride in preserving our history as space workers and that of the U. S. Space Program through its Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and (in work) Shuttle monument displays. All of these beautiful tributes to the space worker are located in Space View Park, downtown Titusville and the U. S Space Walk of Fame Museum. Please see our website at

The Mercury, Gemini and Apollo monuments have been completed and the Shuttle monument will be dedicated in the fall of this year. We currently have 7 Shuttle pylons full of names of Shuttle space workers and look forward to have many more in place before the dedication. We ask that you consider adding your name to those already engraved as part of our recognition of the efforts we all expended over the years on Shuttle. This can be accomplished with a onetime $100.00 donation (per engraving, per monument) to the foundation. Please pass this along to your email list for others to consider. These engravings are a wonderful recognition of our experiences and contributions to this great program and make terrific birthday, Mother's/Father's Day, early Christmas or any other special occasion gift. Forms are on our website or you can call Karan, our Chief of Staff, at the space museum. 321-264-0434

Thank you for your consideration and for being a part of the success of the Shuttle Program.

Charlie Mars, President
U. S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation

Special Recognition for Frank DiBello

Jim McCarthy, National Space Club – Florida Committee Chairman, presents special tribute at the Florida Space Day event in Tallahassee stating: “In recognition of Frank DiBello for his visionary leadership of Space Florida and his dedication to leveraging new commercial space opportunities for the Sunshine State while supporting a national program of deep space exploration, and with appreciation for advancing the cause of high-tech aerospace jobs and economic growth in Florida during a period of significant change across the aerospace landscape.

General Shelton addresses the NSCFL March Luncheon

General Shelton addressed approximately 360 members of the National Space Club on Tuesday, March 11th. As the event's keynote speaker, he quickly got right to the point. "Space is pretty much a part of everything we do. I can't think of a single military operation that doesn't rely on space," he said with emphasis.
"And I am talking about every branch of the service, not just the Air Force, who benefit from what we do here at the Eastern Range," he said. He also talked about shrinking "space budgets" and how it negatively affects planning for the future.

2014 Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award recipient, QinetiQ North America’s Charlie Floyd

Congratulations to Charlie Floyd for being selected as this year's Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award recipient. The 2014 Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award Dinner will be held Saturday, April 26 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Debus Center. The event is currently sold out. Please use the Contact Us page to be placed on the waiting list.

NSCFL Orion Tour

National Space Club – Florida Committee Board meeting hosted by Lockheed Martin included tour and photo opportunities with Orion EFT-1 near completion in the O&C, February 4, 2014.

2013 Forrest S. McCartney National Defense Space Award Honoree: Captain Joshua C. Carmer

Captain Joshua C. Carmer is assigned as the GPS IIF Field Program Manager, 45th Launch Support Squadron, Cape Canaveral AFS, FL. He leads the on-site pre-launch processing Mission Assurance Team for the Block IIF Global Positioning System satellites. He also performs the Countdown Launch Procedure GO/NO GO readiness polls on Day-of-Launch.

Captain Carmer earned his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Rochester Institute of Technology, in 2005. He served as avionics engineering support for F-5, QF-4, T-37 and T-38 in the Mature & Proven Aircraft Directorate, then as simulator and training device program engineer for multiple airframes including the F-15, F-16, and E-3. He deployed to ISAF Joint Command Headquarters as a Theater Airspace Manager supporting all current operations in Afghanistan. Capt Carmer is prior enlisted, having served in the munitions career field where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant before being selected for the Airman Education and Commissioning Program.

Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two Oak Leaf Clusters
AF Good Conduct Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters
National Defense Service Medal with Star Device
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Star Device
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
NATO Medal
NATO Kosovo Medal

Second Lieutenant 20 May 2005
First Lieutenant 20 May 2007
Captain 20 May 2009

4th International Workshop on Lunar Science Applications

“Spotlight on Aerospace and Aviation on the Space Coast” April 7-12, 2014 will be a week of air and space-related programs on the Space Coast. To encourage the national and international air and space communities to explore what we on the Space Coast have to offer, we will highlight the area’s amazing resources of talent, technology, infrastructure, education and support for astropreneurs, scientists, engineers, and supporting professionals.

On Monday, April 7th, the 43rd Space Congress, sponsored by Canaveral Council of Technical Societies (CCTS), will launch a week of events featuring panelists from local, state, and federal leaders, as well as poster sessions presented by our students. Congressman Bill Posey will be the lunch keynote. The Missile, Space and Range Pioneers, Inc., a member of CCTS, will sponsor the evening’s reception and banquet. The 4th International Workshop on Lunar and Planetary Compact and Cryogenic Science and Technology Applications (LSA 4), April 8-11, will feature Success Camp, a series of hands-on workshops for those starting, running, advising and investing in space companies; keynote presentations by Bob Richards, CEO of Moon Express, a Google Lunar X-Prize contestant and Jim Keravala, CEO of Shackleton Energy; and technical presentations by scientists and engineers from KSC and other NASA centers, local and national commercial companies, educational institutions, and organizations dedicated to economic development in Central Florida’s High Tech Corridor.

As Yuri’s Night, April 12, falls on a Saturday in 2014, Friday night will be Brevard’s kick-off to the global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space: April 12, 1961, the day of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight, and April 12, 1981, the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle. As Friday’s presentations will feature key KSC experts in compact and cryogenics, we’ll also honor the contributions the space program has made to the quality of life for all human-kind. Click here to read all about this workshop.

Congratulations to the 2013 Harry Kolcum Honorees: Andrea Farmer and John Zarella

Andrea Farmer, APR, CPRC, is senior public relations manager of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which is operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts on behalf of NASA. For nearly 10 years she has told the NASA and KSC story and inspired support for the space program. She is responsible for community and media relations, including social media, crisis communications and news content. She was a key player in promoting the opening of the new Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction, gaining worldwide attention of Florida's Space Coast. She is a native of Melbourne, Fla., and earned her bachelors of science in business administration from the University of Central Florida. She has worked for the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Andrea lives in Titusville with her husband, Michael.

John Zarrella is CNN’s Miami correspondent, named to this position when the Miami bureau was established in December 1983. He is responsible for CNN's coverage of news in Florida, Central and South America and the Caribbean, and has covered every major hurricane to hit Florida and the Gulf Coast. He is a principal correspondent for CNN’s coverage of the U.S. space program, covering such events such as John Glenn’s 1998 return to space, the Mars Pathfinder mission and numerous other launches. John was the CNN network correspondent on site during the 1986 Challenger disaster. In 2011, he covered the final flights of the Space Shuttle program. He joined CNN in November 1981 as executive producer at CNN world headquarters in Atlanta, having previously worked for stations in South Florida, Baltimore and Atlanta. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Thomas University, formerly Biscayne College, where he helped establish the college’s journalism program. John lives in Davie, Florida, with his wife, Robin. They have four children.

Congratulations to 2013 Lifetime Achievement and Rising Star Awards

The National Space Club Florida Committee each year recognizes up to three people for life-long achievement and contributions to the U.S. space program. Nominees come from government, military or commercial organizations. They may be retired or currently employed in continuous service for a substantial period. This year's honorees are Conrad Perez, Stephen Francois, and Wayne Owens. Click here to read about each Lifetime Achievement winner's biography.

The Rising Star Award is targeted toward younger achievers and is presented in conjunction with the NSC Lifetime Achievement Award. This year's honoree is Lt. Rachael Nutting. Click here to read about the Rising Star winner's biography.

Thanks to the companies/individuals who have contributed to this year’s Space Week event

ITT Exelis
Lockheed Martin
Sierra Lobo
United Launch Alliance
Individual Contributors
Senator Thad Altman
George English
Bill Fletcher
Todd & Annis Halvorson
Daniel Gruenbaum
Dr. Mary Kalen Romjue
Dr. Al Koller
Ruth McCartney

The NSC thanks the following Celebrate Space sponsors

  • Abacus
  • Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
  • ATK
  • Boeing
  • Booz Allen
  • BRPH
  • Chenega Security and Support Solutions
  • CSR
  • Delaware North Parks & Resorts
  • Dynamac
  • EDC
  • Exelis
  • Inomedic Health Applications, Inc.
  • Jacobs
  • Kennedy Space Center Federal Credit Union
  • L2 Aerospace LLC
  • L-3
  • Lockheed Martin
  • QinetiQ
  • RS&H
  • SGT
  • Space Coast Launch Services
  • Space Florida
  • Space X
  • The Hilton Oceanfront Hotel
  • United Launch Alliance
  • URS

Air Force Space and Missile Museum

The Air Force Space and Missile Museum at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station preserves both the hardware and the spirit of United States' ventures into space. The museum displays numerous missiles, rockets and related space equipment. Please click here to visit the Air Force Space and Missile Museum website.

Our mailing address is
Air Force Space and Missile Museum
191 Museum Circle
Patrick AFB, FL 32925-2535

You can reach the Museum Director at 321-853-9171.

Our email addreess is