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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November 12 (date changed) 11:30 a.m. Luncheon at the Radisson Resort at the Port: Kolcum Memorial News and Communications Awards, media honorees will speak

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Welcome to The National Space Club Florida Committee

Marshall Techonology Exposition

Co-Sponsored by the National Space Club-Huntsville
Network with NASA experts.
Experience emerging technologies.
Learn how to Partner with NASA.
All in this one-day event preceding the Von Braun Symposium! (See below for more information on the symposium & dinner)

The Marshall Technology Exposition is the Center's premiere event showcasing NASA technologies that will help us realize future deep space missions. You won't just hear from the technology experts – you'll engage with them during panel discussions and in our exhibit area where in-development hardware will be displayed. Best of all, you'll learn how you can partner with us for the journey to deep space.

WHEN: Monday, October 27, 2014

WHERE: Davidson Center for Space Exploration – U.S. Space and Rocket Center

WHAT: 2014 Marshall Technology Exposition Agenda

HOW: Register at Marshall Technology Exposition Registration

(Links are also available at:


Dr. Michael Gazarik, NASA Associate Administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate: Dr. Gazarik manages and executives the Space Technology programs, focusing on infusion into the Agency's exploration and science mission needs, proving the capabilities needed by the greater aerospace community, and developing the Nation's innovation economy.

Dr. David Miller, NASA Chief Technologist: Dr. Miller is responsible for coordinating and tracking all technology investments across NASA, as well as developing and executing innovative technology partnerships, technology transfers and commercial activities, and the development of collaboration models for the agency.

Don’t wait, register today! NOTE: Registration is free.

We look forward to having you join us on the journey!

Homecoming Awards Gala for Florida Tech and its Alumni!

On Saturday, October 25 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Florida Tech Campus Clemente Center join us for a celebration of Florida Tech and its Alumni! This Awards Gala will honor the 2014 Jerome P. Keuper Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody. Click here here to read about this event.

November Luncheon Date Change

Due to the federal holiday on November 11, the luncheon is being moved to Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Click here to read about this luncheon.

The National Space Club Florida Committee congratulations our 2014 Lifetime Achievement and Rising Star award recipients

Click here to view photos from the award celebration.
Bill Chardavoyne is an up-and-coming mechanical engineer here on the Space Coast. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 2005 and is currently pursuing a M.S. degree in Computer-Aided Mechanical Engineering at UCF. Bill is also a Professional Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional. He began his career with Nelson Engineering Company in 2006 where he supported various NASA, U.S. Navy and Air Force contracts.

Read more about Bill on Rising Star Achievement page



Patrick (Rick) Blucker began his Air Force career in 1977 at Wright-Patterson AFB’s Aeronautical Systems Division in Dayton, Ohio. He worked on several aircraft acquisition programs, including the A-10, T-46, HH-60D, B-1B and F-22. In 1985 Mr. Blucker moved to Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he held several financial positions before becoming the Comptroller at the Air Force Contract Management Division.






Chris Fairey’s career with NASA started 1969 in ground systems for the Apollo, Sky- lab, and ASTP programs as a system engineer and test conductor. He received a Silver Snoopy in 1979. In 1980 he became chief of the Launch Processing System Checkout and Control Monitoring Subsystem for the Space Shuttle Program, receiving a NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 1983. In 1984 he moved to the Shuttle engineering team serving in many different positions as the Kennedy Avionics Test Set Project Manager, Chief Flight Element Project Engineer Office, Shuttle Project Engineer for 15 Shuttle missions and Discovery Flow Director for four missions, receiving the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for Shuttle Return to Flight and the National Space Club Eagle Manned Mission Success Award .

Brice Lytle began his engineering career with seven years as a mechanical design engineer for the Tennessee Valley Authority preparing the design of power plant piping systems. After his experience at TVA Brice spent two years with the Dayton Rubber Company as project design engineer for manufacture of diversified rubber and plastic products. His aerospace career began in 1961 with thirteen years of service at Chrysler Corporation. As Supervisory Engineer, Brice led the design effort for the cryogenic storage, distribution and loading systems for the Apollo Program.



Read more about the honorees on Lifetime Achievement page

NSCFL Recognition for Space Workers Award

The National Space Club Florida Chapter has opened up a new form of recognition for space workers who have made significant contributions. The award winners will be part of the Space Worker Inductees to the NSC Hall of Fame.

There are four categories to nominate to: Space Launch Technology, Space Flight Support, Human Spaceflight Advancement and Space Flight Advocacy and Education. The call for nominations will go out in mid-July. Nomination forms will be available on the NSC web site when the nomination period opens up. Nominees can be of any discipline, experience, working or retired. We are planning to select no more than 15 honorees each year.

Please keep an eye out for the nomination period and submit your candidates. Click here to view the form.

Thanks to our September 2014 Corporate Sponsors

Aerospace Corporation
ASRC Federal
AI Solutions
Chenega Security and Support Solutions
Chris Fairey
Coastal Steel
Craig Technologies
Delaware North Parks & Resorts
Indyne/Dynamac (sharing)
InoMedic Health Applications Inc.Jacobs
Launch Federal Credit Union
Lockheed Martin
Millenium Engineering and Integration Co.
Nelson Engineering
Sierra Lobo/Yang Enterprises (sharing)
Space Coast Launch Services
Space Florida
United Launch Alliance
Vencore Services & Solutions, Inc.


The Space Store is proud to announce that it has moved from Englewood, Colorado to its new location along Florida’s Space Coast at 212 Brevard Avenue, Cocoa, FL 32922 in the historic Cocoa Village along the Indian River. The “big move” took place so as to bring the best space-themed products to clients who are close to the action! Now, The Space Store is ready to open their new location to the public – in a big way!

On September 12, 2014, starting at 5 p.m. EDT – Brett Anderson and his associates will be joined by titans of the space industry. NASA’s former director of Shuttle Processing at Kennedy Space Center Robert B. Sieck, the “Voice of Apollo” Jack King and John Zarrella, the former CNN correspondent who covered numerous iconic missions will be there to commemorate the Grand Opening!

"Ever since purchasing The Space Store in Houston in 2006, I had a long term goal to have a store on Florida's Space Coast. I have already made some contacts and alliances over the last few years here. When I saw Cocoa Village for the first time in 2013, I knew this would be an ideal location for the store. I plan to use local vendors whenever possible and support the local community. I am also honored to have longtime and well know space artist, Tim Gagnon on board as a store manager. I look forward to serving our guests wherever they come from," said The Space Store’s owner Brett Anderson.

The Space Store carries an array of goods, from nifty educational items, signed artifacts, highly detailed replicas and models and much, much more! For anyone even remotely interested in space, The Space Store is their one-stop shopping destination. So, be sure to clear you schedule and attend!

The Grand Opening marks the final leg of a journey began several months ago. By moving from Colorado to Cocoa, Florida the Space Coast benefits from having access to a wellspring of products and resources that were not present just a few weeks ago.

The Space Store is an online store offering fine quality space products. Shop online or in our new retail store to buy NASA gifts, Space X Products, Space Shuttle collectibles, International Space Station as well as Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space program products. Buy astronaut autographs, space and NASA memorabilia and collectibles, space toys, rockets, astronaut dolls, space LEGO toys, and astronaut costumes. We sell NASA flight suits, space shuttle flight jackets, NASA mission patches and mission insignia pins. Shop us for Fisher space pens, meteorite jewelry and astronomy toys. Honoring the Past ... Inspiring the Future!

Thanks the 2014 Brevard Space Week Sponsors

Corporate: Aerospace Corporation, ATK, ASRC Federak, Bionetics, Boeing, CCTS, Exelis, Hensel Phelps, Lockheed Martin, NARCON, NASA Alumni League, Space Coast Launch Services, Sierra Lobo, SpaceX, ULA

Individual Contributors: George English, Dr. Al Koller, Bill and Mary Lou Heink, JoAnn Morgan, Dr. Jim Johnson

Thank you to Space Tourism Panel

The NSC thanks our Space Tourism panel - Scott Henderson with Blue Origin, Andrew Nelson with XCOR and Tom Shelley with Space Adventures. Very interesting discussion! Special thanks to the panel moderator, Jim Banke, with MILA Solutions LLC.

Please click here for a video of the Space Tourism Panel (courtesy of Florida Today)

NSC Brevard Space Week 2014

Next Generation of Explorers. There will be two parts to the new program. We will continue the KSC visit but we are also adding a classroom visit that will be conducted by our own Jim Kennedy. Delaware North/KSCVC is sponsoring the classroom visit.

From the beginning, funding for this program has come from outside the Brevard School’s operating budget and is dependent on contributions from the community. The National Space Club has again pledged a minimum of $25,000 from the aerospace community towards this important program with the Brevard schools foundation raising funds from the community at large and through possible grants that match funding from private industry.

Space Week has proven to motivate our school administrators and teachers to increase emphasis on teaching math and science as well as stimulating student interest. Our new classroom visit will also provide them with leadership and inspirational tools that will tie everything together.

On behalf of the National Space Club, I am requesting our community’s financial help again. All contributions to the National Space Club (a 501c3 entity) will go directly to Space Week. Contributions can be made online or to the following:
National Space Club-Florida Committee
P.O. Box 21243
Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32815-0243

View Spaceport Magazine

Check out the July issue of Spaceport Magazine at

Debus Center Dinner Photos

Please click here to view the photos from our Debus Center 2014 dinner.

Opening the Lunar Frontier: 4th International Workshop on LunarCubes

October 7-10, 2014 - Mountain View, CA

The International Workshops on LunarCubes are designed for the scientist, engineer or entrepreneur who wants to get started now and fly as soon as possible, by any means possible. These workshops are about raising capital, building teams, creating technologies and making discoveries now, not a decade from now. Workshop participants will help define The Lunar Challenges that will use cash prize competitions to push technologies, teams and skills while attracting public interest and investor and sponsor funding for LunarCube technology development. You may participate live or via the Internet. Click here for more information on this event.

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.

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

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.

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