Buy Your Tickets Now for the 2018 Spring Banquet!

Join the Missile, Space and Range Pioneers on Friday May 18th for an evening celebrating Armed Forces Day at the Space Coast’s Courtyard by Marriott located in Cocoa Beach.

Space industry professionals, veterans, and enthusiasts are invited to a keynote talk from Brigadier General Wayne Monteith that will be followed by an audience Q&A. Brigadier General Monteith will be speaking of the history of the range and the 45th Space Wing’s accomplishments in their “Drive to 48” launches a year.

Social and networking hour begins at 5:30 PM and dinner will be served at 7:00 PM. A cash bar will also be open.

Cocktail attire is recommended.

TICKETS SALES HAVE ENDED! PLEASE CONTACT chelsea.r.partridge@gmail.com FOR TICKETS.

Brigadier General Wayne R. Monteith is the Commander, 45th Space Wing, and Director, Eastern Range, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. He leads over 13,000 military, DoD civilian and contractor personnel responsible for the processing and launching of U.S. government and commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. General Monteith is also the final approval authority for all launches on the Eastern Range, a 15-million-square-mile area which supports an average of 15 launches per year aboard Delta, Atlas, Falcon, Navy and emerging launch vehicles. In addition, he manages wing launch and range infrastructure supporting NASA, commercial and missile test missions.

Prior to assuming his current position, General Monteith served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force.

General Monteith has served as a Peacekeeper intercontinental
ballistic missile (ICBM) combat crew member, senior ICBM
standardization and evaluation crew commander, ICBM instructor,
chief ICBM flight testing, and command lead for a major space
acquisition program. He commanded the Air Force’s only ICBM combat crew training squadron and the 50th Space Wing where he led more than 5,300 military, DoD civilian and contractor personnel serving at 14 operating locations worldwide in support of more than 170 communications, navigation, weather and surveillance satellites with their associated systems valued at more than $66B. General Monteith has also served in various special duty capacities including MAJCOM, COCOM, HQ Air Force and OSD staff positions. He earned the Master Missile Operations designation and is a Command Space Professional.

General Monteith earned his commission as a distinguished graduate from the University of New Mexico’s Air Force ROTC program.

Save the Date! MSRP Spring Banquet May 18, 2018

All, please​ mark your calendars for the Missile, Space, and Range Pioneers spring banquet, as we celebrate Armed Forces Day with keynote speaker Brigadier General  Wayne Monteith of the 45th Space Wing.

The event will be held Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach, Florida. This event is open to the public. There will be a sit down dinner and a cash bar. Social hour begins at 5:30 and dinner will be served at 7:00.

More details and ticket sales will be posted in the coming days!
Thank you for your continued support!

Fall 2017 Banquet

Buy Tickets Now for the 2017 Fall Banquet!

Join the Missile, Space and Range Pioneers on Friday October 27th for an evening gala at the Space Coast’s Courtyard by Marriott located in Cocoa Beach.

Space industry professionals, veterans, and enthusiasts are invited to a keynote discussion with Shuttle Astronaut Nicole Stott that will be followed by an audience Q&A. Celebrated launch photographers Michael Seeley and Mike Killian, as well as artist & mission patch designer Tim Gagnon, will also participate in a panel discussion that highlights their contributions to the incredible story of the space coast.

Social and networking hour begins at 5:30 PM and dinner (Your choice of Chicken Piccatta, Grilled Mahi-Mahi, or Pasta Primavera) will be served at 7:00 PM. A cash bar will also be open.

Cocktail attire is recommended and we’ll be providing a professional event portrait photographer to create a personalized memory of your evening.

Students/Active Military: $35
Pioneer Members: $45
Regular ticket: $60

THE EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Our Speakers

Nicole Stott

Astronaut | Artist | Planetary Advocate

First Astronaut to Paint in Space

Nicole has explored from the heights of outer space to the depths of our oceans.  She marveled at the awesomeness of our planet experienced through these vantage points, and she believes that sharing this perspective has the power to increase everyone’s appreciation of and obligation to care for our home planet and all who inhabit it.

Nicole is a veteran NASA Astronaut with two spaceflights, one spacewalk, and 104 days living and working in space as a crewmember on both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS).  She is also a NASA Aquanaut and was a crewmember on the longest duration saturated dive mission on the Aquarius undersea laboratory.

Always an Artist, Nicole was the First Astronaut to Paint in Space.

Nicole combines her spaceflight experience and artwork to inspire creative thinking about solutions to our planetary and personal challenges, and to increase awareness of the outstanding work being done every day in space to improve life here on Earth.  She uniquely shares the impression of our planet from the orbital and undersea perspectives, while stressing the significance of our planetary community and environment, a renaissance approach to education and wellness, and the surprising interplay between science and art.

Tim Gagnon

Tim Gagnon was born and raised in East Hartford, Connecticut. A fascination with space exploration came early as did an interest in art. Like many others of his generation Tim remembers watching the missions of his childhood heroes on a small black and white television with “rabbit ears” that could receive few broadcast stations. For his 16th birthday gift in 1972 his parents arranged for Tim and his father to attend the launch of Apollo 17 as invited guests of NASA.

In 2004 his dream finally came true when astronaut John Phillips selected Tim to design the emblem for the Expedition 11 mission to the International Space Station. In 2006 he was invited by mission Commander Pam Melroy to submit draft designs for the STS-120 patch. The competition was strong and Tim placed second. In 2007 Tim was selected by astronaut Eric Boe to design the STS-126 mission emblem. Knowing how much it meant to participate, Tim invited his pen pal Dr. Jorge Cartes of Madrid Spain to join him on this project. The STS-126 crew was so happy with the result that they recommended Tim and Jorge to the STS-127 crew. As each patch was completed, Tim and Jorge were recommended to more flight crews. Since 2008 they teamed to work with the astronauts of the follwoing crews: STS-129, STS-132, STS-133 and STS-135* Though for the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program it was only a collaboration as the idea to include the NASA vector was adopted by the crew. The end of the Space Shuttle Program did not slow down demand. Tim and Jorge were proud to work with the follwoing crews serving aboard the International Space Station: Expeditions 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 34, One Year, 47 and 48.

Michael Seeley

Mike is the President of the Health First Foundation, in Melbourne, Florida and is a co-founder of We Report Space. His photos are seen widely, including in National Geographic Magazine, USA Today, Florida Today, The Guardian, Smithsonian Magazine, The Weather Channel, SpaceFlight Insider, Universe Today and, of course, in We Report Space.

Since moving to the Space Coast in 2012, Mike has taken full advantage of his proximity to Kennedy Space Center, viewing launches first as a member of the NASA Social program and then beginning in July 2015, as accredited media.  Mike is a passionate photographer (with experience that dates back to actual film) and enjoys being capture images of the exciting equipment being built and launched from KSC and CCAFS.

Mike Killian

Mike Killian is an aerospace photographer and writer, with a primary focus on spaceflight and military and civilian aviation. A California native originally from the SF Bay Area, he’s the Managing Editor for the space news website AmericaSpace.com, and contributes regularly to a variety of print and online publications.
Over the years his assignments have brought him onboard NASA’s space shuttles, in clean rooms with spacecraft destined for other worlds, front row for launches of historic missions and on numerous civilian and military flight assignments, such as launch range ops with the U.S. Air Force.

 

Buy Your Tickets for the 2017 Fall Gala!

2017 Fall Banquet

Join the Missile, Space and Range Pioneers for an evening gala at the Space Coast’s Courtyard by Marriott located in Cocoa Beach.

Space industry professionals, veterans, and enthusiasts are invited to a keynote discussion with Shuttle Astronaut Nicole Stott that will be followed by an audience Q&A. Celebrated launch photographers Michael Seeley and Mike Killian, as well as artist & mission patch designer Tim Gagnon, will also participate in a panel discussion that highlights their contributions to the incredible story of the space coast.

Social and networking hour begins at 5:30 PM and dinner (Your choice of Chicken Piccatta, Grilled Mahi-Mahi, or Pasta Primavera) will be served at 7:00 PM. A cash bar will also be open.

Cocktail attire is recommended and we’ll be providing a professional event portrait photographer to create a personalized memory of your evening.

Ticket sales will start soon at our website: missileers.org and updates will be posted on this event page. The event is open to the general public.

THE EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Keynote Speaker

Nicole Stott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicole is an Artist and Astronaut ~ she is the First Astronaut to Paint in Space and is now on a mission to share her Spaceflight experience and the beauty of our Spacecraft and our Earth through her Art. Seeing the Earth from space, Nicole had an epiphany. In awe of the overwhelming beauty of our home planet, she knew that she would dedicate the rest of her life to sharing that experience with others.

Nicole is a veteran NASA Astronaut with 2 spaceflights and 104 days living and working in space on both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS). (Her missions include Space Shuttle STS128, STS129, STS133 and ISS Expeditions 20 & 21, and one spacewalk. She is also a NASA Aquanaut and holds the Women’s World Record for saturation diving following her 18-day mission with the NEEMO9 crew on the Aquarius undersea habitat. Always an Artist, Nicole brought a small watercolor kit with her on her mission to the ISS. She is the First NASA Astronaut to Paint in Space.

After 28 years with NASA, she has begun her next adventure as a full-time Artist and SciArt Education Advocate. Through her artwork, she uniquely shares the awesome beauty she was blessed to experience through the windows of her spacecraft, and she will continue to promote the amazing things we’re doing every day in space that benefit us all right here on Earth. Combining her artwork and spaceflight experience, she is also actively working to inspire student, educator, and society’s interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) that comes wonderfully through the integration of Art and Science

(Via Nicole Stott Facebook)

 

 

Spring 2017 Banquet

PIONEERS 2017 SPRING BANQUET.

A great night with Moon Express, Mars Bricks and more.

Former Florida Tech Student, Alex Light explains Mars Brick making project. Alex Light answers questions about Martian Brick making project.

Missile, Range and Space Pioneers Spring Banquet 2017

MSRP Spring banquet 2017.

Space Pioneers, Vice President, Chelsea Partridge introduces Key Note Speaker Dr. Bob Richards from Moon Express

Dr. Bob Richards explaining Moon Express to the Missile, Space and Range Pioneers at the Spring Banquet.

Dr. Bob Richards explains were all in one big connected universe and need to explore.

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MOON EXPRESS FOUNDER AND CEO BOB RICHARDS TO HEADLINE SPACE PIONEERS BANQUET

Moon Express Founder and CEO Bob Richards will be speaking at the Missile, Space, and Range Pioneers (MSRP) Spring Banquet. Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards is a space entrepreneur and futurist. He is a Co-Founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, the Space Generation Foundation and Moon Express, Inc. a space transportation and lunar resources company located at Cape Canaveral, where he currently serves as President and CEO. Bob chairs the Space Commerce Committee of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, serves on the board of the Space Foundation, and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law.

The MSRP Spring banquet is June 2, 2017 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach and is open to the public. The banquet includes a sit-down dinner and a cash bar. Social starts at 5:30 pm, with dinner served at 7:00 pm.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! SEATING IS LIMITED!

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AND MOON EXPRESS

Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards is a space entrepreneur and futurist. He is a Co-Founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, the Space Generation Foundation and Moon Express, Inc. a space transportation and lunar resources company located at Cape Canaveral, where he currently serves as President and CEO. Bob chairs the Space Commerce Committee of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, serves on the board of the Space Foundation, and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law. As Director of the Optech Space Division from 2002-2009, Bob led the company’s technology into orbit in 2004 and to the surface of Mars in 2007 aboard the NASA Phoenix Lander, making the first discovery of falling Martian snow. Bob studied aerospace and industrial engineering at Ryerson University; physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto; and space science at Cornell University where he became special assistant to Carl Sagan. Bob is an evangelist of the “NewSpace” movement and has been a catalyst for a number of commercial space ventures. He is the recipient of the K.E. Tsiolkovski Medal (Russia, 1995), the Space Frontier “Vision to Reality” Award (USA , 1994), the Arthur C. Clarke Commendation (Sri Lanka, 1990) and Aviation & Space Technology Laurel (USA, 1988). He is a contributing author of “Blueprint for Space” (Smithsonian Institution 1992); “Return to the Moon” (Apogee Books 2005) and “The Farthest Shore” (ISU Press 2009). In 2005 Bob received a Doctorate of Space Achievement (honoris causa) from the International Space University for “distinguished accomplishments in support of humanity’s exploration and use of space.”

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE SPRING EVENT

All, please​ mark your calendars for the Missile, Space, and Range Pioneers spring banquet, where we will discuss new developments on the space coast to be held Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cocoa Beach, Florida. This event is open to the public. There will be a sit down dinner and a cash bar. Social hour begins at 5:30 and dinner will be served at 7:00. More details and ticket sales will be posted in the coming days! Thank you for your continued support!

50th Anniversary Celebration

SPACE PIONEERS 50th ANNIVERSARY A BIG SUCCESS

What a GREAT night thanks to Fred Haise, Bob Cabana and volunteers of the Missile, Range and Space Pioneers.

Space Pioneers Dinner Lee Solid and Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise

Space Pioneers Dinner Space Florida Patrick McCarthy and college students

50th Anniversary Space Pioneers Dinner George English and Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise

50th Anniversary Space Pioneers Dinner Student CubeSat Presentation

50th Anniversary Space Pioneers Dinner President Bill Allen Royal Aeronautical Society Member

50th Anniversary Space Pioneers Dinner President Bill Allen and General Wayne Monteith commander 45th Space Wing

50th Anniversary Space Pioneers Dinner Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise, CCI President Jim Lewis and KSC Director Bob Cabana

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50th Anniversary Space Pioneers Dinner Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise and KSC Director Bob Cabana

50th Anniversary Space Pioneers Dinner Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise and Student CubeSat

50th Anniversary Space Pioneers Dinner Student Robot

FRIDAY 21 October 2016 at the 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.

YOU MISSED IT.  OUR NEXT BIG EVENT WILL BE IN THE SPRING OF 2017.

Apollo Astronaut Fred Haise
Astronaut Fred Haise

About Apollo Astronaut Fred Haise: Fred W. Haise retired in 1996 as President of Northrop Grumman Technical Services (GTS). He joined Grumman in 1979 as Vice President, Space Programs, and had a succeeding assignment as President of the Space Station Support Division in 1987.

Mr. Haise was born in Biloxi, Mississippi on November 14, 1933. He graduated with honors in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1959. He completed postgraduate courses in the USAF Aerospace Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in 1964 and the Harvard Business School PMD Program in 1972. Mr. Haise completed US Navy flight training in 1954 and served as a US Marine Corps Fighter Pilot in VMF-533 and VMF-114. He had further assignments as a Tactics and All-Weather Flight Instructor at NAS Kingsville, Texas. While flying with the Ohio Air National Guard, Mr. Haise was recalled into the USAF in 1961 with the 164th TAC Fighter Squadron. He has logged 9100 hours of flying time in over 80 types.

A 20-year NASA career was begun as an Aeronautical Research Pilot at Lewis Research Center in 1959. Further assignments were held as a Research Pilot at the NASA Flight Research Center in 1963 and as an Astronaut at Johnson Space Center in 1966. Mr. Haise served as backup crew for the Apollo 8, 11, and 16 Missions. He flew as the Lunar Module Pilot on the aborted Apollo 13 Mission in 1970 that was dramatized in the Hollywood movie titled “Apollo 13”. He also flew five flights as the Commander of the Space Shuttle Enterprise in 1977 for the Approach and Landing Test Program at Edwards Air Force Base.

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Shuttle Astronaut Bob Cabana, KSC Director:

After graduation from the Naval Academy, Cabana attended the Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, and completed naval flight officer training in Pensacola, Florida, in 1972. He served as an A-6 bombardier/navigator with Marine Air Wings in Cherry Point, North Carolina and Iwakuni, Japan. He returned to Pensacola in 1975 for pilot training and was designated a naval aviator in September 1976. He was then assigned to the Second Marine Aircraft Wing in Cherry Point, North Carolina, where he flew A-6 Intruders. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in 1981 and served at the Naval Air Test Center in Patuxent River, Maryland, as the A-6 Program Manager, X-29 Advanced Technology Demonstrator Project Officer and as a test pilot for flight systems and ordnance separation testing on A-6 and A-4 series aircraft. Prior to his selection as an astronaut candidate, he served as the Assistant Operations Officer of Marine Aircraft Group Twelve in Iwakuni, Japan. Cabana retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in August 2000. qualifying for assignment as a pilot on future space shuttle flight crews.  His initial assignment was as the Astronaut Office Space Shuttle Flight Software Coordinator until November 1986.  At that time, he was assigned as the Deputy Chief of Aircraft Operations for the Johnson Space Center, where he served for two and a half years.  He then served as the lead astronaut in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL), where the orbiter’s flight software was tested prior to flight.  Cabana has served as a Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) in Mission Control during space shuttle missions and as Chief of Astronaut Appearances.  Prior to his assignment to command STS-88, Cabana served for three years as the Chief of NASA’s Astronaut Office.  Following STS-88, Cabana served as the Deputy Director of Flight Crew Operations.  After joining the International Space Station Program in October 1999, Cabana served as Manager for International Operations.  From August 2001 to September 2002, he served as Director, Human Space Flight Programs, Russia.  As NASA’s lead representative to the Russian Aviation and Space Agency (Rosaviakosmos) and its contractors, he provided oversight of all human space flight operations, logistics and technical functions, including NASA’s mission operations in Korolev and crew training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City.  Upon his return to Houston, Cabana was assigned briefly as the Deputy Manager of the International Space Station Program. From November 2002 to March 2004, he served as Director of the Flight Crew Operations Directorate and was responsible for directing the day-to-day activities of the directorate, including the Astronaut Corps and aircraft operations at Ellington Field.  He was then assigned as Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Center, where he served for three and a half years.  He next served as the Director of the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.  A veteran of four space flights, Cabana has logged more than 910 hours in space.  He served as pilot on STS-41 (October 6 to October 10, 1990) and STS-53 (December 2 to December 9, 1992) and was mission commander on STS-65 (July 8 to July 23, 1994) and STS-88 (December 4 to December 15, 1998), the first International Space Station assembly mission.  Cabana currently serves as the Director of Kennedy Space Center, Florida.


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Fall 2015 Banquet

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT.

2015 Fall Banquet of the Missile, Space and Range Pioneers was a fun social event. SCARY STORIES FROM THE ROCKET RANCH AND BEYOND

Featured:

  • 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