2019 Rising Star Award

About the Rising Star Award

Each year the National Space Club Florida Committee recognizes one person who has made “above & beyond” contributions to the U.S. space program in Florida through technical, educational or leadership activities while still early in their career.

2019 Rising Star Honoree

Chelsea Partridge

Chelsea is a Test Engineer for Lockheed Martin on Orion and is President of the Missile, Space and Range Pioneers. She earned her BS at UNF and was part of multiple clubs, all while performing suborbital and materials science research. Chelsea is proud of her advocacy for space exploration and STEM education, as well as her dedication to diversity and inclusion within engineering. She would like to thank her husband, parents, and siblings for their love and support.


Past Rising Star Award Recipients

2011 Megan Jaunich, Millennium Engineering & Integration

2012 Terry Tullis, Nelson Engineering

2013 Lt. Rachael Nutting, 45th Space Wing

2014 Bill Chardavoyne, URS

2015 1Lt. Michael McClelland, 45th Space Wing

2016 1Lt. Steven “Kyle” Futch, 45th Space Wing

2017 Mathew Breault, AECOM

2018 Kelly Billon, Blue Origin

2018 Marcia Dunn, Associated Press & John Janokaitis, Aerodyne

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