PIONEERS 2017 SPRING BANQUET.
A great night with Moon Express, Mars Bricks and more.
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!
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.
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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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.
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 email@example.com or (407) 456-3139 ***********************************************************************************
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.
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, 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.
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