The National Space Club Florida Committee is one of three regional committees of the National Space Club in Washington, D.C. We provide information on space activities through monthly luncheons, promoting space leadership, stimulating advancement of space applications, sponsoring educational activities, and providing recognition for contributions to advancements in aerospace science, operations, research, and education.

What's New

Next Events
August 12 at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon at the Radisson Resort at the Port: Jim Kennedy, Former KSC Director speaking on Lessons in Life and Leadership (Inspired by Stories of Space Exploration) Click here to read about the event.

Please RSVP using the flyer information (if available) or our Contact Us page.

You can pay online using our
Events page.

Welcome to The National Space Club Florida Committee

NSCFL Recognition for Space Workers Award

The National Space Club Florida Chapter has opened up a new form of recognition for space workers who have made significant contributions. The award winners will be part of the Space Worker Inductees to the NSC Hall of Fame.

There are four categories to nominate to: Space Launch Technology, Space Flight Support, Human Spaceflight Advancement and Space Flight Advocacy and Education. The call for nominations will go out in mid-July. Nomination forms will be available on the NSC web site when the nomination period opens up. Nominees can be of any discipline, experience, working or retired. We are planning to select no more than 15 honorees each year.

Please keep an eye out for the nomination period and submit your candidates. Click here to view the form.

Thanks the 2014 Brevard Space Week Sponsors

Corporate: ATK, Lockheed Martin, ASRC, NARCON, Boeing, ULA, CCTS

Individual Contributors: Bill and Mary Lou Heink, Dr. Al Koller, and Dr. Jim Johnson

Thanks to our July 2014 Corporate Sponsors

Aerospace Corporation
ASRC Federal
AI Solutions
Chenega Security and Support Solutions
Coastal Steel
Craig Technologies
Delaware North Parks & Resorts
Indyne/Dynamac (sharing)
InoMedic Health Applications Inc.Jacobs
Launch Federal Credit Union
Lockheed Martin
Millenium Engineering and Integration Co.
Nelson Engineering
Sierra Lobo/Yang Enterprises (sharing)
Space Coast Launch Services
Space Florida
United Launch Alliance

Thank you to Space Tourism Panel

The NSC thanks our Space Tourism panel - Scott Henderson with Blue Origin, Andrew Nelson with XCOR and Tom Shelley with Space Adventures. Very interesting discussion! Special thanks to the panel moderator, Jim Banke, with MILA Solutions LLC.

Please click here for a video of the Space Tourism Panel (courtesy of Florida Today)

NSC Brevard Space Week 2014

Next Generation of Explorers. There will be two parts to the new program. We will continue the KSC visit but we are also adding a classroom visit that will be conducted by our own Jim Kennedy. Delaware North/KSCVC is sponsoring the classroom visit.

From the beginning, funding for this program has come from outside the Brevard School’s operating budget and is dependent on contributions from the community. The National Space Club has again pledged a minimum of $25,000 from the aerospace community towards this important program with the Brevard schools foundation raising funds from the community at large and through possible grants that match funding from private industry.

Space Week has proven to motivate our school administrators and teachers to increase emphasis on teaching math and science as well as stimulating student interest. Our new classroom visit will also provide them with leadership and inspirational tools that will tie everything together.

On behalf of the National Space Club, I am requesting our community’s financial help again. All contributions to the National Space Club (a 501c3 entity) will go directly to Space Week. Contributions can be made online or to the following:
National Space Club-Florida Committee
P.O. Box 21243
Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32815-0243

View Spaceport Magazine

Check out the July issue of Spaceport Magazine at

Debus Center Dinner Photos

Please click here to view the photos from our Debus Center 2014 dinner.

Opening the Lunar Frontier: 4th International Workshop on LunarCubes

October 7-10, 2014 - Mountain View, CA

The International Workshops on LunarCubes are designed for the scientist, engineer or entrepreneur who wants to get started now and fly as soon as possible, by any means possible. These workshops are about raising capital, building teams, creating technologies and making discoveries now, not a decade from now. Workshop participants will help define The Lunar Challenges that will use cash prize competitions to push technologies, teams and skills while attracting public interest and investor and sponsor funding for LunarCube technology development. You may participate live or via the Internet. Click here for more information on this event.

New Display Case for The Forrest S. McCartney National Defense Space Award

Updated display case to reflect Award's renaming to The Forrest S. McCartney National Defense Space Award. The display is located in Tallahassee on the 22nd floor of the Capitol Building.

Dear Space Worker,

We at the U. S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation take great pride in preserving our history as space workers and that of the U. S. Space Program through its Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and (in work) Shuttle monument displays. All of these beautiful tributes to the space worker are located in Space View Park, downtown Titusville and the U. S Space Walk of Fame Museum. Please see our website at

The Mercury, Gemini and Apollo monuments have been completed and the Shuttle monument will be dedicated in the fall of this year. We currently have 7 Shuttle pylons full of names of Shuttle space workers and look forward to have many more in place before the dedication. We ask that you consider adding your name to those already engraved as part of our recognition of the efforts we all expended over the years on Shuttle. This can be accomplished with a onetime $100.00 donation (per engraving, per monument) to the foundation. Please pass this along to your email list for others to consider. These engravings are a wonderful recognition of our experiences and contributions to this great program and make terrific birthday, Mother's/Father's Day, early Christmas or any other special occasion gift. Forms are on our website or you can call Karan, our Chief of Staff, at the space museum. 321-264-0434

Thank you for your consideration and for being a part of the success of the Shuttle Program.

Charlie Mars, President
U. S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation

Special Recognition for Frank DiBello

Jim McCarthy, National Space Club – Florida Committee Chairman, presents special tribute at the Florida Space Day event in Tallahassee stating: “In recognition of Frank DiBello for his visionary leadership of Space Florida and his dedication to leveraging new commercial space opportunities for the Sunshine State while supporting a national program of deep space exploration, and with appreciation for advancing the cause of high-tech aerospace jobs and economic growth in Florida during a period of significant change across the aerospace landscape.

General Shelton addresses the NSCFL March Luncheon

General Shelton addressed approximately 360 members of the National Space Club on Tuesday, March 11th. As the event's keynote speaker, he quickly got right to the point. "Space is pretty much a part of everything we do. I can't think of a single military operation that doesn't rely on space," he said with emphasis.
"And I am talking about every branch of the service, not just the Air Force, who benefit from what we do here at the Eastern Range," he said. He also talked about shrinking "space budgets" and how it negatively affects planning for the future.

2014 Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award recipient, QinetiQ North America’s Charlie Floyd

Congratulations to Charlie Floyd for being selected as this year's Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award recipient. The 2014 Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award Dinner will be held Saturday, April 26 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Debus Center. The event is currently sold out. Please use the Contact Us page to be placed on the waiting list.

NSCFL Orion Tour

National Space Club – Florida Committee Board meeting hosted by Lockheed Martin included tour and photo opportunities with Orion EFT-1 near completion in the O&C, February 4, 2014.

2013 Forrest S. McCartney National Defense Space Award Honoree: Captain Joshua C. Carmer

Captain Joshua C. Carmer is assigned as the GPS IIF Field Program Manager, 45th Launch Support Squadron, Cape Canaveral AFS, FL. He leads the on-site pre-launch processing Mission Assurance Team for the Block IIF Global Positioning System satellites. He also performs the Countdown Launch Procedure GO/NO GO readiness polls on Day-of-Launch.

Captain Carmer earned his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Rochester Institute of Technology, in 2005. He served as avionics engineering support for F-5, QF-4, T-37 and T-38 in the Mature & Proven Aircraft Directorate, then as simulator and training device program engineer for multiple airframes including the F-15, F-16, and E-3. He deployed to ISAF Joint Command Headquarters as a Theater Airspace Manager supporting all current operations in Afghanistan. Capt Carmer is prior enlisted, having served in the munitions career field where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant before being selected for the Airman Education and Commissioning Program.

Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two Oak Leaf Clusters
AF Good Conduct Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters
National Defense Service Medal with Star Device
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Star Device
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
NATO Medal
NATO Kosovo Medal

Second Lieutenant 20 May 2005
First Lieutenant 20 May 2007
Captain 20 May 2009

Congratulations to the 2013 Harry Kolcum Honorees: Andrea Farmer and John Zarella

Andrea Farmer, APR, CPRC, is senior public relations manager of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which is operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts on behalf of NASA. For nearly 10 years she has told the NASA and KSC story and inspired support for the space program. She is responsible for community and media relations, including social media, crisis communications and news content. She was a key player in promoting the opening of the new Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction, gaining worldwide attention of Florida's Space Coast. She is a native of Melbourne, Fla., and earned her bachelors of science in business administration from the University of Central Florida. She has worked for the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Andrea lives in Titusville with her husband, Michael.

John Zarrella is CNN’s Miami correspondent, named to this position when the Miami bureau was established in December 1983. He is responsible for CNN's coverage of news in Florida, Central and South America and the Caribbean, and has covered every major hurricane to hit Florida and the Gulf Coast. He is a principal correspondent for CNN’s coverage of the U.S. space program, covering such events such as John Glenn’s 1998 return to space, the Mars Pathfinder mission and numerous other launches. John was the CNN network correspondent on site during the 1986 Challenger disaster. In 2011, he covered the final flights of the Space Shuttle program. He joined CNN in November 1981 as executive producer at CNN world headquarters in Atlanta, having previously worked for stations in South Florida, Baltimore and Atlanta. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Thomas University, formerly Biscayne College, where he helped establish the college’s journalism program. John lives in Davie, Florida, with his wife, Robin. They have four children.

Congratulations to 2013 Lifetime Achievement and Rising Star Awards

The National Space Club Florida Committee each year recognizes up to three people for life-long achievement and contributions to the U.S. space program. Nominees come from government, military or commercial organizations. They may be retired or currently employed in continuous service for a substantial period. This year's honorees are Conrad Perez, Stephen Francois, and Wayne Owens. Click here to read about each Lifetime Achievement winner's biography.

The Rising Star Award is targeted toward younger achievers and is presented in conjunction with the NSC Lifetime Achievement Award. This year's honoree is Lt. Rachael Nutting. Click here to read about the Rising Star winner's biography.

Thanks to the companies/individuals who have contributed to this year’s Space Week event

ITT Exelis
Lockheed Martin
Sierra Lobo
United Launch Alliance
Individual Contributors
Senator Thad Altman
George English
Bill Fletcher
Todd & Annis Halvorson
Daniel Gruenbaum
Dr. Mary Kalen Romjue
Dr. Al Koller
Ruth McCartney

The NSC thanks the following Celebrate Space sponsors

  • Abacus
  • Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
  • ATK
  • Boeing
  • Booz Allen
  • BRPH
  • Chenega Security and Support Solutions
  • CSR
  • Delaware North Parks & Resorts
  • Dynamac
  • EDC
  • Exelis
  • Inomedic Health Applications, Inc.
  • Jacobs
  • Kennedy Space Center Federal Credit Union
  • L2 Aerospace LLC
  • L-3
  • Lockheed Martin
  • QinetiQ
  • RS&H
  • SGT
  • Space Coast Launch Services
  • Space Florida
  • Space X
  • The Hilton Oceanfront Hotel
  • United Launch Alliance
  • URS

Air Force Space and Missile Museum

The Air Force Space and Missile Museum at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station preserves both the hardware and the spirit of United States' ventures into space. The museum displays numerous missiles, rockets and related space equipment. Please click here to visit the Air Force Space and Missile Museum website.

Our mailing address is
Air Force Space and Missile Museum
191 Museum Circle
Patrick AFB, FL 32925-2535

You can reach the Museum Director at 321-853-9171.

Our email addreess is