2015 Harry Kolcum News and Communications Award Nominations
Nominations are now open for the 2015 Harry Kolcum News and Communications Award. Named for the late aerospace writer who worked for Aviation Week Space Technology, this award recognizes area news media and other communications professionals for excellence in telling the space story along Florida's Space Coast and throughout the world. Submit your nomination here.
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Space Week-Inspiring the Next Generation of Explorers
This year’s program will be held over an eleven-day period; December 1-4, 7-11, 14 and 15. We started eight years ago and this year we are expanding and renaming the program to Space Week-Inspiring the 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.
Brevard Space Week 2014 was another rousing success with over 6500 Brevard County sixth graders and their science teachers participating in a full day of organized and hands-on activities at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). All of us in the National Space Club can take great pride in knowing that we initiated this program and through the generosity of individuals and companies like yours have contributed $300,000 towards the program’s overall cost since its inception.
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
U.S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation and Museum
The U.S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of the U.S. space program through its Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle monuments in Space View Park and the Space Walk of Fame Museum. The monuments and museum honor the men and women who made the space program possible and the astronauts who flew the missions. Click here to visit the museum's website.
2015 Debus Award Dinner Photos
for photos from our recent Debus Award Dinner in which we honored NASA Launch Services Program manager Amanda Mitskevich with the NSCFL’s most prestigious award.
National Space Club Florida Committee Pylon Unveiled
On Feb. 24, 2015, the National Space Club Florida Committee (NSCFL), in association with the Space Walk of Fame, unveiled a pylon featuring all of the group’s annual award recipients. The pylon is on public display at Space View Park in Titusville.
“Each year we recognize significant contributions to America’s space program through a variety of special awards and honors,” said Mark Jager, NSCFL Chairman. “We are proud to further recognize these individual through this pylon, where their names will forever be etched in granite.”
Annual NSCFL awards and honors include the Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Rising Star Award, Harry Kolcum Memorial News and Communications Award, Forrest S. McCartney National Defense Space Award and Space Worker Hall of Fame recognition.
Future award honorees will have their names added at the end of each year.
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2014 Forrest S. McCartney National Defense Space Award Honoree: Air Force Lieutenant Joseph A. Chestnut, Jr.
The National Space Club Florida (NSC-FL) Committee recently named Air Force Lieutenant Joseph A. Chestnut, Jr., the 2014 Forrest S. McCartney National Defense Space Award recipient. Lt Chestnut is a Flight Mission Lead in the 5th Space Launch Squadron at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base (AFB) where he manages the launch site operations and integration effort for the $46 billion Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program coordinating launch contractor and space vehicle operations with the Eastern Range. He is responsible for launch campaign activities including booster operations, rehearsals, headquarters readiness reviews and day of launch activities. Click here to read more about this honoree.
“The NSC is proud to recognize Lt Chestnut for his contribution to the defense of our nation through his leadership and expertise of space capabilities,” said NSC- FL Chairman Mark Jager. Jager, along with Colonel Falzarano, will present the award to Lt. Chestnut at the January 13 luncheon.
NSCFL Honors Space Workers at Year End Social
At last night's Year-End Social we recognized our first class of space worker Hall of Fame honorees. Their names will appear etched in granite on our Hall of Fame pylon at the Space Walk of Fame in Titusville.
Click here to see these honorees.
November 2014 Luncheon with Kolcum Memorial News and Communications Awards honorees
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National Space Club Donates $40,000 for Brevard Space Week. Shown in picture form left to right Adrian Laffitte, Janice Kershaw, Dr. Brian Bingelli and Ed Short.
Message sent on behalf of NSC Space Week Committee Chairman, Adrian Laffitte:
We are rapidly approaching the start of another Space Week. I want to thank all of you for your generous contributions and if you haven’t had a opportunity to donated you still have time.
LaDonna will soon be asking for volunteers to speak during to the students when they visit the KSCVC. As you know, this year we added Jim Kennedy visits to the schools. Jim has already visited more than half of the school in our County and it has been an incredible success. I want to share some of the notes Jim has received form the kids from Meadowlane:
- 1) “I learned that it only takes fuel, an oxidizer and a spark to make a fire…and guess what…it only takes a spark for me to learn”. Haylee
- 2) “You really inspired me, and now all because of you, I’d like to be an engineer like you and I’m thinking of becoming an astronaut. Thank you so very much for coming and I’m not just saying this because I have to. It’s because you inspired me so much”. Musaed
- 3) “I really liked the way you taught me to use background slides because a picture is worth 1,000 words. You did a really good job on your presentation. I can give you that”. Jennifer
- 4) “I want to thank you for sharing such wonderful and inspirational stories. My favorite was about the Army veteran. When you said, Sgt Marke said, “I can do something Mr. Kennedy can’t do”…that was a laugh out loud moment. Thanks for a most fantastic presentation”. Aubree
- 5) “The moment I walked in the room and heard all the wonderful words you were about to say I knew the two hours we would spend together would be full of knowledge, interesting facts and worthwhile laughs” Christine (typed note).
- 6) “Thank you very much for inspiring me to follow my dreams and to be proud of who I am no matter what anybody else thinks”. Ashlee
- 7) “I loved your presentation and thought that you were a really nice and funny person. I liked your story about Pete Conrad, especially since he had dyslexia and got help from a teacher and went back to college”. Myles
- 8) “I liked how you wanted us to get inspired and you’re really nice” Wesley
- 9) “I really liked, OK, maybe not liked, I really LOVED when you talked about space and I loved your stories. From your number one fan”. Alexa
- 10) Your presentation really inspired me to achieve high goals when I grow up” Kiara
- 11) “I love how much you enjoy what you are doing and you help students to get going and try new things. You gave us a lot of great tips, like “Go the extra mile”. It means a lot by helping us to get inspired, to set goals and to go above and beyond. I liked learning about space and you explained it in a fun way…and you are right when you learn things in a fun way your brain really does click. I can’t wait for the field trip”. Madelyn
- 12) “I could keep on listing things I liked about your presentation until the sun dies but I would have died before that even happens. I hope you keep on doing what you are doing and enjoy it while you can”. Elizabeth
- 13) “Did you know that so many people have the same dream as you but they just don’t have the courage to say or do anything about it? Well you gave me the courage to do something BIG”. Your friend Abby
- 14) “Thank you for sharing that Space is important and needs to be explored. I love that you believe we can become what we want and that we can change the future…we just have to keep asking questions to learn”. Cey
- 15) “I loved your stories, they were fun and educational…So Spacetastic” Acelin
- 16) “I hope you keep giving these presentation because the kids love it”. Carlos
- 17) “Thanks for coming to our school and teaching us all those amazing things. You Rock! Shayla
Our theme is “Inspiring the next generation of explorers”. I think you would agree that we are accomplishing.
The National Space Club Florida Committee
Thanks the 2014 Brevard Space Week Sponsors:
- AECOM (URS)
- Aerospace Corporation
- AI Solutions
- ASRC Federal
- Astrotech Space Operations
- Hensel Phelps
- Jacobs Technology
- Lockheed Martin
- NASA Alumni League
- Space Coast Launch Services
- Sierra Lobo
- George English
- Todd and Annis Halvorson
- Bill and Mary Lou Heink
- Dr. Jim Johnson
- Dr. Al Koller
- JoAnn Morgan
- Wayne and Vicki Owens
- Dr. Mary Kalen Romjue
- Bob Sieck
Celebrate Space 2014 Dinner Photos
The National Space Club Florida Committee held its Celebrate Space on Saturday, October 18, beneath shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
to view all the amazing photos from our Celebrate Space 2014 Dinner.
Thanks again to the generosity of our corporate sponsors:
- a.i. solutions
- ASRC Aerospace
- Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
- Delaware North Parks & Resorts
- Lockheed Martin
- Sierra Lobo
- Space Florida
- United Launch Alliance
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.
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 .
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
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