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MISSILE SPACE AND RANGE PIONEERS

About Us:

The Missile, Space and Range Pioneers is a social organization with the purpose of providing opportunities for those associated with missile, space, and range activities to meet socially, network, and renew acquaintances. We were officially established in 1966 and have been on the space coast for over 50 years.

HONORING OUR HERITAGE, THE MISSION OF THE MISSILE, SPACE, AND RANGE PIONEERS ORGANIZATION IS TO PROVIDE PEOPLE WORKING IN, OR ASSOCIATED WITH, MISSILE, SPACE AND RANGE ACTIVITIES THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET SOCIALLY IN ORDER TO RENEW OLD AND ESTABLISH NEW ACQUAINTANCES.  WE EXTEND THIS MISSION TO WELCOME SPACE ENTHUSIASTS, SUPPORTERS, AND FANS.

OUR GOAL IS TO INFORM AND EDUCATE OUR MEMBERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC ON PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE SPACE-RELATED ACTIVITIES AND EXPAND THE KNOWLEDGE OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE ABOVE INDUSTRIES THROUGH OUR EVENTS.

Announcements

Virtual Speaker Series: Pioneers Past, Present, & Future

 

Hello Pioneers!

We will continue our virtual speaker series on June 24th at 7PM, and we will celebrate the accomplishments of some of our own Pioneers!

Stan Anderson will speak on Apollo Range Instrumented Aircraft (ARIA), and Kevin Simmons and students from the Wolfpack CubeSat Development Team will fully share the experience of how CubeSats are the disruptive educational tool of the future.

All are welcome to this free event!

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89775769637?pwd=bC9OQ0laL0hvNW9MaTJETGZwV3ZWUT09

Meeting ID: 897 7576 9637
Passcode: 124308

About Our Speakers

Stanley Anderson

Stanley Anderson served in the US Air Force, 1959 – 1979, retiring as a Master Sergeant, Computer Systems Superintendent.  From 1968 – 1971 he was NCO-In-Charge of the Aircraft Operations Control Center, Patrick AFB, FL supporting Apollo missions 4 through 14 deploying Apollo Range Instrumentation Aircraft (ARIA) providing astronaut communications around the world. Retiring from a career in Data Processing in 2008, he has spoken on Project Apollo and ARIA to dozens of Middle and High School classes in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Melbourne, Australia and made an ARIA presentation at the 70th International Astronautical Congress, Washington, DC in 2019.  He is a recipient of NASA’s Apollo Achievement Award.

Kevin Simmons

Kevin L. Simmons is a professional educator, author, principal investigator and Missileer. He founded BLUECUBE Aerospace, Inc., co-created the Aerospace and Innovation Academy, Inc. (AIA), and currently leads the Wolfpack CubeSat Development team (WCDT) in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Simmons has been recognized numerous times for excellence in aerospace and education and is the  Principal Investigator for WeissSat-1 and CapSat-1, CubeSat missions selected by NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). He led the first middle school team to launch a CubeSat on December 3rd, 2018 and his WCDT was the only K-12 entity selected nationwide by the 2019 CSLI. For the presentation, he will be joined by a few students ranging from middle to high school to fully share the experience of how CubeSats are the disruptive educational tool of the future.

Virtual Speaker Series- Supercluster’s Erik Kuna

We will continue our virtual speaker series on May 27th, at 7:00 PM on Zoom (see link and info below) and Facebook Live at facebook.com/spacepioneers. Erik Kuna is a Launch Photographer for Supercluster, a media company dedicated to telling humanity’s greatest story: Space Exploration.

All are welcome to this free event!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88468840272?pwd=c3lhOWY3UFpwSEdqU2w4TEtQc3E1Zz09

Meeting ID: 884 6884 0272
Passcode: 233894

 

About Our Speaker

Erik Kuna is a photojournalist covering the NBA, NFL and MLB, and events around the country. He’s produced campaigns for companies like Adobe, Google and Canon for over 15 years. He also served as a consultant with the FBI crime lab to train their agents in the art and science of photography. For the past 3 years, Erik has focused his talents on space exploration, covering SpaceX, ULA, and NASA missions at Kennedy Space Center.

Virtual Speaker Series- Joshua Jones

Join us for our next virtual speaker series on Tuesday, April 27th at 7:00 PM. Our speaker will be our very own Vice President, Joshua Jones.  Josh works as a Liquid Oxygen Engineer at Kennedy Space Center supporting the SLS rocket.

The event will be held on Zoom (see link and info below) and will also be live-streamed on our Facebook page, facebook.com/spacepioneers.

All are welcome to this free event!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84641689154?pwd=WWVpK3ZVUmI5V1I0UXdPNFNQdWZPZz09

Meeting ID: 846 4168 9154
Passcode: 132927

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+1 312 626 6799

About Our Speaker

Joshua Jones is a Liquid Oxygen (LOX) Cryogenics Engineer for Jacobs Technology supporting the launch for NASA’s SLS (Space Launch System) of the Artemis Program. He has been working at Kennedy Space Center for 4 years since graduating from the University of North Florida in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Joshua is also the Vice President of the Missile, Space, and Range Pioneers.

Virtual Speaker Series- Jim Carleton

 

Hello Pioneers!

We will continue our virtual speaker series on March 23rd at 7:00 PM. Our speaker will be our very own board member, Jim Carleton, on the search for Space Shuttle Challenger. Jim worked as a primary shuttle engineer that was on the dive team for Space Shuttle Challenger recovery efforts.

The event will be held on Zoom (see link and info below) and will also be live-streamed on our Facebook page, facebook.com/spacepioneers.

All are welcome to this free event!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82917881166?pwd=Y2kyN2V6UmVyZ0JzbFhrSklqbzhPUT09

Meeting ID: 829 1788 1166
Passcode: 325300

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+1 301 715 8592 US

About Our Speaker

Jim Carleton recently retired from the aerospace business after 40 years of service. He supported several missile, rocket and all 135 Space Shuttle launches. Jim worked at United Space Alliance (USA), a prime contractor for the Space Shuttle Program, most recently as the Solid Rocket Booster Program Manager, Director of Program Management.

Jim served several roles at USA, including Director of Space Shuttle Upgrades and Director of Manufacturing Operations.  Prior to USA, Jim worked as an Engineering Manager and Program Manager for United Technologies Corporation, USBI.  Jim is a Certified Manager with the Institute of Certified Managers and a graduate of the Florida Institute of Technology Certified Manager curriculum. He also serves on the board of the Missile, Space, and Range Pioneers.

Jim retired from the United States Marine Corps, is a Vietnam Veteran and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.  Jim holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Virtual Speaker Series- Jillian Gloria

Hello Pioneers!

We will continue our virtual speaker series on Tuesday February 23rd at 7pm. Join us to hear from Jillian Gloria, an aerospace engineering student and space advocate.

The event will be held on Zoom (see link and info below) and will also be live-streamed on our Facebook page, facebook.com/spacepioneers.

All are welcome to this free event!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5704599681?pwd=bnExZUZ5SDlQUENOYWIxQlVLSWFaUT09

Meeting ID: 570 459 9681
Passcode: 934431

Dial by your location
+1 301 715 8592 US

About Our Speaker

Jillian is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering at UCF. Her dream is to one day walk on Mars, but she knows there are countless goals she must achieve before she is spaceflight ready! Her previous work experiences include internships in the Commercial Space Industry with a focus on Lunar Robotic Technologies at the Earthrise Space Foundation, Inc., and analyzing technical risks for new and existing Gas Turbines at Siemens Energy. In 2020, she became a published author for her undergraduate research at UCF investigating the effects of solar and galactic radiation at the surface of airless bodies in space like the Moon, Mars, and near-Earth asteroids.

Her current research position investigates next generation propulsion capabilities for hypersonic suborbital and reusable space vehicles and power generation systems at UCF in partnership with the German Aerospace Center (DLR). In addition to her research, Jillian serves as the External Relations Manager for the world’s highest-fidelity manufacturing organization for Lunar, Martian, and Asteroid simulants at Exolith Lab.

Jillian has proven to be an advocate for STEM & Space Exploration through both local endeavors with the Barnes & Noble, NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex, Women In Defense, Orange County Public Schools, and the Central Florida STEM Education Council; as well as through global platforms via partnerships with LinkedIn, Fox’s Xploration Outerspace TV show, and the Discovery Channel Canada. She strongly believes that by sharing her own love and excitement for space, she can inspire others to dream big!

 

Virtual Speaker Series- Blake Parker

 

Hello Pioneers!

We are continuing our virtual speaker series into the start of the new year!

Join us January 26th from 7-8pm and hear from Blake Parker, Stowage Engineer for the International Space Station.

The event will be held on Zoom (see link and info below) and will also be live-streamed on our Facebook page, facebook.com/spacepioneers.

All are welcome to this free event!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83450616879?pwd=MFg1RlpTcFlQczAvT0pHN2twREtTdz09

Meeting ID: 834 5061 6879
Passcode: 026868

About Our Speaker

Blake Parker has been supporting science operations on the International Space Station for over six years as a Stowage Engineer at NASA’s Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Blake graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in 2013 with a bachelors’ degree in Aerospace Engineering. Prior to his time with the ISS program, he previously worked with the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command’s small satellite program and the UAH Space Hardware Club’s high altitude ballooning and cubesat program.

A native of Cullman, Alabama, Blake has been living in Huntsville for over a decade and is a lifelong space exploration fan and advocate.

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