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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Next Events
January 13
11:30 a.m.
Luncheon at the Radisson Resort at the Port – Colonel Thomas Falzarano, Commander, 45th Operations Group) and Presentation of the 2014 McCartney Award
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Next Award Nomination
2014 National Space Club Florida Committee’s Annual Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award Call for Nominations
Deadline for submissions is January 19
Please click here to read about the nomination process.


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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.

The Florida Space Community Networking Reception

The Space Foundation Board of Directors invites you to join them in celebrating the new year at The Florida Space Community Networking Reception on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. at Exploration Tower 670 Dave Nisbet Drive, Port Canaveral, Florida 32920. Please RSVP by January 9 at

A special “Meet & Greet” for New Generation Space Leaders (35 years of age and under) and industry mentors will be held from 5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – prior to the community reception. Companies are encouraged to send their young professionals. For more information, please contact

Thanks our January 2015 Luncheon Corporate Sponsors

  • Abacus
  • Aerospace Corporation
  • ASRC Federal
  • AI Solutions
  • ATK
  • Bionetics
  • Boeing
  • Booz Allen
  • BRPH
  • Chenega Security and Support Solutions
  • Coastal Steel
  • Craig Technologies
  • CSR
  • Delaware North Parks & Resorts
  • Exelis
  • Indyne/Dynamac (sharing)
  • InoMedic Health Applications Inc.
  • Jacobs
  • Launch Federal Credit Union
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Millennium Engineering and Integration Co.
  • Nelson Engineering/Nishkian Dean (sharing)
  • SAIC
  • SGT
  • Sierra Lobo/Yang Enterprises (sharing)
  • Space Coast Launch Services
  • Space Florida
  • Space Foundation
  • SpaceX
  • United Launch Alliance
  • Vencore Services & Solutions, Inc.

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.

2014 Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award Call for Nominations

The National Space Club Florida Committee presents its premier award, the Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award, for significant contributions to the advancement, awareness, and improvement of aerospace in Florida. This award will be presented at our annual Debus Dinner, scheduled for Saturday, 18 April 2015 at the Debus Conference Center in the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Whether as a Space Club member or friend of the aerospace program, we encourage you to submit nominations for the 2014 Debus Award. Nominations must be made in writing and should be mailed to the address shown at the top of this letter to the attention of the Debus Award Selection Committee. The deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, 19 January 2015.

Click here to read more about the nomination process.

November 2014 Luncheon with Kolcum Memorial News and Communications Awards honorees

Click here to view all photos from this luncheon.

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:

  • Aerospace Corporation
  • AI Solutions
  • ATK
  • ASRC Federal
  • Astrotech Space Operations
  • Bionetics
  • Boeing
  • CCTS
  • Exelis
  • Hensel Phelps
  • Jacobs Technology
  • Lockheed Martin
  • NASA Alumni League
  • Space Coast Launch Services
  • Sierra Lobo
  • SpaceX
  • ULA
  • Vencore
Individual Contributors
  • 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. Click here 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
  • ATK
  • Boeing
  • BRPH
  • Chenega
  • Exelis
  • Delaware North Parks & Resorts
  • IHA
  • Jacobs
  • Lockheed Martin
  • RS&H
  • SGT
  • Sierra Lobo
  • Space Florida
  • United Launch Alliance
  • Vencore

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

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