The National Space Club Florida (NSCFL) Committee is one of three regional committees
(including Huntsville, AL and Los Angeles, CA) of the National Space Club in Washington,
Since its incorporation, the National Space Club objectives have been consistently
- Promote America's space leadership through conferences and other literary and educational
- Stimulate the advancement of civilian and military applications of rocketry and
astronautics and related technologies for the benefit of all mankind.
- Bring together persons from the federal government, industry, educational institutions,
the press and other walks of life for the exchange of information on rocketry and
astronautics, and through them to inform the public at large.
- Provide suitable recognition and do honor to organizations and individuals who have
contributed to the advancement of rocketry and astronautics.
The Florida Committee headquartered on Florida's "Space Coast", which is
home to the historic launch pads of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy
Space Center, is a non-profit corporation composed of private individuals representing
industry, government, the Department of Defense, regional educational institutions,
and the media – all of whom share a commitment to increasing public awareness
of America's aerospace programs. The NSCFL Committee promotes awareness through
hosting monthly luncheons, sponsoring educational opportunities, recognizing significant
achievement, and promoting aerospace leadership in a region heavily influenced by
The NSCFL Committee focuses on increasing the awareness of Aerospace and its importance
to our past and future. Each year the Committee identifies significant contributions
to America's space program, particularly within our region by recognizing individuals
with the following awards:
Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award
Named for the first director of the Kennedy Space Center, this award recognizes
a person who has made a particularly important contribution to the space program
during the past year while working on Florida's Space Coast.
Lifetime Achievement Award
This award recognizes the contributions of experienced people who have spent much
of their career dedicated to making a difference in the space program.
Rising Star Award (Lifetime Achievement Co-Award)
Started in 2011, this award recognizes "above & beyond” accomplishments of
young achievers who have made contributions to the space industry in Florida through
either technical, education, or leadership aerospace related activities.
Harry Kolcum Memorial News and Communications Award
Named for the late aerospace writer who worked for Aviation Week Space Technology,
this award recognizes the contributions of professional journalists and communicators
to inform the public about launch operations from the Cape.
Florida National Defense Space Award
Created to recognize significant achievements and contributions made by Department
of Defense (DoD) personnel while on duty in the State of Florida. The award celebrates
major contributions of DoD active duty military, DoD civilians and DoD contractors
in space-related areas that significantly contribute to the defense of our nation.
The NSCFL Committee founded and annually sponsors Space Week for Brevard County
students. Each year some 6,000 local sixth-grade students spend a day at the Kennedy
Space Center Visitor Complex in an effort to stimulate an interest in science and
engineering. During this event teachers lead students in activities and projects
that relate to the vision for Space Exploration. In addition to the recognition
of storied career achievements, the NSCFL Committee also enhances the awareness
of Aerospace among our region’s youth to stimulate their future career opportunities.
The NSCFL Committee also promotes activities that enlighten members and the general
public about space related events.
Each year we host the Space Ball where members, guests and those interested can
enjoy an evening of dining, dancing and socializing.
Luncheons are held several times during the year and provide an opportunity for
members and invited guests to mingle and hear presentations by leading aerospace
officials on timely topics of interest to Florida and the Space community.
Membership is key to helping the NSCFL Committee achieve its stated purpose and
objectives, and your association with others in the aerospace community can also
provide a rich return on investment.
The National Space NSCFL Florida Committee:
- Offers an opportunity to broaden your association in regional Aerospace industries.
- Provides an opportunity to participate with others in support of our Nation's and
State's space policies.
- Serves as a means of keeping current with the latest activities in the field of
Astronautics and related sciences.
- Permits attendance at special receptions and functions commending key space events.
- Honors the achievements of current and retired leaders who have shared Florida's
- Raises funds to support educational initiatives that will inspire students to pursue
careers in aerospace.
Board of Directors
|Jim McCarthy – Chairman
Mark Jager – Vice Chairman
The Boeing Company
Smokey Stover - Treasurer
Abacus Technology Corp
Mark Nappi – Secretary
MILA Solutions LLC
USA Retired (Emeritus)
BRPH - Retired
Booz Allen Hamilton
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
NASA - Retired
Astronauts Memorial Foundation
The Aerospace Corporation
District Director, Congressman Posey
L2 Aerospace LLC
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne KSC Site Director
ATK Launch Systems
United Launch Alliance
NASA Retired - Emeritus
Space Research & Tech. Inst.
Communication and Event Solutions, LLC
AI Solutions, Inc.
John R. (Dick)
Artic Slope Research Corporation
US Space Walk of Fame
Delaware North Parks & Resorts
Jacobs Technology Inc
District Director/Congresswoman Kosmas
CASIS - Director of Operations & NASA Liason
Sierra Lobo - Florida
Dr. Mary Kalen
University of Central Florida
Space Coast Launch Services
NASA - Retired
Rockwell/Boeing - Retired
Chief, 45th Space Wing Public Affairs
President & CEO/Millennium Engineering & Integration
Director, Aerospace - BRPH Architects-Engineers
Astrotech Space Operations