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


Cape 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:

Russ 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, Former Director, Kennedy Space Center Public Affairs Offic 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.


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