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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- 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.

Virtual Series- Holiday Event!

Hello Pioneers!

Join us next week, December 7th, at 7pm for our next virtual event. Wear your favorite holiday attire and bring your favorite holiday beverage for a Pioneers Holiday Event!

We will have a presentation from the Weiss School and will have live music from Pioneer Gunther Karger.

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/82999177795?pwd=bi9wT3lDZGdGMU5wd0JFQXhzQWxqdz09

Meeting ID: 829 9917 7795

Passcode: 711132

Virtual Speaker Series – Daniel Batcheldor

Join us for our next virtual event on November 16th at 7:oo pm.
Dr. Daniel Batcheldor will be presenting on the Lunar South Pole environment.

Zoom Info

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86380476170?pwd=T2hBa0Flczl3RUJCK3FpZWU2OEFjdz09

Meeting ID: 863 8047 6170
Passcode: 888111

Speaker Bio

Daniel Batcheldor received his PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Hertfordshire, in the UK, in 2004. He then moved to Rochester Institute of Technology where he was principal investigator for multiple Hubble Space Telescope observing programs. In 2010 he moved to Florida Institute of Technology where he rose to full professor, was principal investigator of an ISS payload, and where he became the Head of the Aerospace, Physics and Space Sciences Department. In 2020 he began his current role as a Subject Matter Expert in Physics at the Kennedy Space Center working for the Southeastern Universities Research Association in the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Lab, also known as SwampWorks.
 
Daniel also serves on the West Melbourne City Council and is the author of “Astronomy Saves the World”
 
His website is: https://danielbatcheldor.com/

Jerry Johnson

 

Hello Pioneers-

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of former Pioneers President, Lt. Col. Jerry M. Johnson, USAF, Retired. He passed away Sunday September 27th 2020

A graveside service is scheduled for 1000 Saturday Oct 3rd at Florida Memorial Gardens in Rockledge, Florida. The service will be live streamed for those who cannot attend. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/rockledge-fl/jerry-johnson-9382514

If you wish to make a charitable donation in honor of Jerry, the family has asked that donations be made to the Air Force Space & Missile Museum – Cape Canaveral https://afspacemuseum.org/donate/ or to the Civilian Military Community Foundation http://www.civmil.com/page7.html

For those who wish to send flowers they can be sent ahead of the service to Florida Memorial Gardens.
Life Event Center at Florida Memorial | 5950 South US Highway 1 Rockledge, FL 32955

His obituary can be found here: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/rockledge-fl/jerry-johnson-9382514

Please keep Jerry’s family in your thoughts.

Virtual Speaker Series – Jean Wright

 

Our next virtual speaker series features Jean Wright! Please join us on Zoom or Facebook Live at facebook.com/SpacePioneers on October 27th from 7-8pm.

Zoom Info:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84712053244?pwd=b0RjUitHeHFRUEZaS2lRM3puN2ZLUT09

Meeting ID: 847 1205 3244
Passcode: 974837

Speaker Bio:

Jean Wright was an Aerospace Composite Tech for United Space Alliance- the prime contractor for NASA’s Space Shuttle Processing. As one of 18 women in this critical role, she and her co-workers, who dubbed their group, “The Sew Sisters,” were responsible for fabrication, assembly, disassembly, installation and repair of Thermal Protection System (TPS) hardware. This involved using detailed measurements, heavy-duty industrial sewing machines, and intricate and physically demanding hand stitching which covered many areas of the shuttle orbiter.

A Motivational Speaker, Jean has been asked to present at many prestigious events such as the International Quilt Festival along with astronaut Karen Nyberg, in Houston, Tex., The Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) in N.Y., the Keynote Speaker at MQX -Machine Quilters Exposition in N.H., Women’s History Month at KSC Visitor Complex, Family Day at the Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum and at Spacefest. Jean has done many TV, radio and online interviews. And has been featured in many magazine and newspaper articles.
Currently a Docent at the Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit, educating and entertaining guests at the KSC Visitor Complex. Jean also does launch support and VIP Tours as needed including a recent tour for NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstein. And now a part of the media photographing launches as a team member for the space blog, ”SpaceUpClose.”

One of the biggest thrills of her life was being asked by Mark Armstrong to cut and prepare for auction, pieces of historic fabric from the Wright Brothers 1903 Flyer that his father, Neil Armstrong, carried to the moon aboard the Apollo 11 Lunar Module!

Jean sews custom face masks and apparel- space themed and otherwise.

Jean Wright websites:
https://www.facebook.com/jean.wright.39
https://www.facebook.com/Sew-Sister-Space-Creations-181439602530081

Virtual Speaker Series- Space Florida

 

We know we cannot meet this year because of COVID-19, so we are doing a special virtual speaker series. Join us on September 16th from 7-8pm  as we host our first virtual speaking event.

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. Our first meeting will feature Space Florida, and they will provide us with an update on spaceport operations.

All are welcome to this free event!

See you on September 16th!
Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84305895553?pwd=L3RxOUcycFVEYUZYNVRMcGNNWE1rQT09

Meeting ID: 843 0589 5553

Passcode: 781580

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