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Space Pioneers Fall Event Scary Stories from the Rocket Ranch and beyond.

Fall Banquet of the Missile, Space and Range Pioneers promises to be a fun social event that you won’t want to miss right before Halloween. SCARY STORIES FROM THE ROCKET RANCH AND BEYOND Friday Evening October 30th at the Courtyard by by Marriott Cocoa Beach.  Courtyard Hotel is located at off A1A in Cocoa Beach, FL.  The event is open to the public. The Banquet will include a sit down dinner and cash bar.  Social hour starts at 5:30PM with dinner served at 7PM.

Featured presenters will include:

  • Josh Jones – Perils of the UNF Space Hardware Club

  • Roy Tharpe – Hit by a SONIC Wave from Titan I

  • Brian Mosdell – A warning in the Delta Blockhouse…”This is going to be BAD!”

  • Greg Devlin – Running from a Titan II, literally 

Members and guests in the audience will be given a chance to share their stories as well.  

Corporate tables are available.  Contact – Bill Allen for further information, contact Bill Allen at or (407) 456-3139

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Student and Active Military Tickets $35

MSRP Members Tickets $45

Non-member Tickets $55

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Pioneers’ Spring Banquet in conjunction with the 43rd SPACE CONGRESS was a big success.  Great presentation and enjoyable evening.

NASTAR Facility

NASTAR Facility

“Developing the Global Center for Commercial Astronaut Training” presented by Brienna Henwood, NASTAR

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 5:30 PM Social 7:00 PM Dinner

Richard Branson Brienna Henwood

Richard Branson – NASTAR Commercial Astronaut Training

The Radisson Resort at the Port 8701 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral, FL, 32920



Brienna Henwood

Brienna Henwood, NASTAR

Keynote Address – Developing the Global Center for Commercial Astronaut Training. Presented by Ms. Brienna Henwood, Executive Director of Space Training & Research, The National Aerospace Training & Research (NASTAR) Center: As Executive Director of Space Training and Research at the National Aerospace Training and
Research (NASTAR) Center in Philadelphia, PA, Brienna Henwood has lead the company from infancy into an internationally recognized, FAA approved, global center for commercial astronaut training. Brienna has developed, managed, and conducted over eight (8) dozen courses and trained over 450 future astronauts for space to date; including passengers for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, and Space Expedition Corporation’s XCor Lynx, in addition to scientists, teachers, and students. Brienna has a lifelong passion for exploration, travel, and health/fitness, and is an accomplished Marine Biologist, Astronaut Trainer, Certified Fitness Instructor, Published Researcher, Student Pilot, Master SCUBA Diver, and PR & Communications Executive.

Cassidy Chan

Cassidy Chan, Senior at Florida Institute of Technology

Student Presentation – Mr. Cassidy Chan Senior at Florida Institute of Technology in with a dual major in mechanical and Aerospace Engineering: Cassidy is the lead systems engineer for Time Capsule to Mars (TC2M), a student-led project to be the first private mission to Mars. The team includes FIT students Robert Curtain, Juliette Bido, Brianna Tillman and Isaac Spence. From Boston, Cassidy has had internships at the Charles Stark
Draper Laboratory, Cannon Design, and Norcross Corporation.

For further information, contact Bill Allen at or (407) 456-3139


Missile, Range and Space Pioneers partnered with Air Force Association for exciting fall dinner event

Pioneer Newsletter_11_2012_img_0 Air Force Association LogoCape Canaveral, FL – Days of Future Past will be the theme of the Fall Banquet sponsored by the Missile, Space and Range Pioneers in conjunction with the Cape Canaveral Chapter of the Air Force Association.

The Dinner will feature presentations by University of North Florida Engineering Senior Chelsea Partridge about her team’s CubeSat project; Hugh Harris, Former Director, Public Affairs Office, at Kennedy Space Center with an inside look at Challenger and a Keynote Address by Russell Romanella, former Retired Director, NASA Safety and Mission Assurance about lessons learned that help NASA head lead boldly into the future with Commercial Crew and Orion.

The Spring Banquet is set for Saturday 1 November 2014 and will held at Courtyard by Marriott, located off A1A in Cocoa Beach, FL. The event is open to the public. The Banquet will include a sit down dinner and cash bar. Social hour starts at 6PM with dinner served at 7PM. Seating is limited and tickets are available now.

More on our 2014 Fall Dinner Presentors:

Mr. Russell Romanella

Mr. Russell Romanella

Keynote Address: NASA – Exploration for Our Future Where We Are and Where We Are Heading. Presented by Mr. Russell Romanella, Retired Director, NASA Safety and Mission Assurance. In this timely address, Mr. Romanella explores the current Human and Robotic Exploration Missions within NASA, where we are and where we are heading now that the Space Shuttle is retired. He explores the role of the Space Station program as well as exploration of the solar system and beyond including Mars, Saturn, the asteroid belt, and NASA’s plan to return to the Moon and on to Mars.

Hugh Harris

Hugh Harris

Hugh Harris, Former Director, Kennedy Space Center Public Affairs Office will also provide an inside look at the story of the Challenger tragedy as only an insider can. His recently published e-book, Challenger: An American Tragedy: The Inside Story from Launch Control, tells the whole story of the tragedy from by-the-second accounts of the spacecraft’s launch and a comprehensive overview of the ensuing investigation.


Ms. Chelsea Partridge

Ms. Chelsea Partridge

Student Presentation: Ms. Chelsea Partridge, Mechanical Engineering Senior, University of North Florida. Chelsea, and her fellow “Orbital Ospreys” are currently designing a CubeSat to study the effects of pharmaceuticals on bone density in the space environment. The team flewin zero-gravity this summer to test a prototype of the satellite’s fluidsystem through NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program. Chelsea will present the background of the project and review the team’s research, goals, and zero-gravity

Why people join the Pioneers

1) Networking opportunities

2) Seeing what opportunities and challenges are in industry

3) Giving back and helping up and coming engineers

4) Social opportunities with like-minded people

5) Oportunity to meet and hear from Industry Leaders first hand

Are You Eligible to be a Pioneer?

An applicant should be currently engaged in or have been engaged in missile, space or range activities.

These involve those functions that culminate in a test or launch program at DOD or NASA facilities in Florida and in their off-shore and down-range stations.


Anyone who is in a direct or indirect support role or is an advocate of space in present or future applications may apply for membership.