ALL POINTS CEO PHIL MONKRESS: Our Neighbors Ushering in Next Generation of American Space Travel

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Fifty years ago, an exceptional generation of men and women helped to launch Americans into space and land NASA astronauts on the Moon. Buzz Aldrin, above, walked on the Moon with Neil Armstrong on Apollo 11, July 20-21, 1969. (NASA image)

By Phil Monkress, All Points President and CEO 

THE SPACE COAST, FLORIDA • USA – Fifty years ago, an exceptional generation of men and women helped to launch Americans into space and land NASA astronauts on the Moon.

Today, aerospace workers from All Points in Brevard County, Florida, and at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility, in New Orleans, Louisiana, are ushering in the next generation of American space travel and opening the door to return to the Moon and on to Mars.

Working with innovative space companies and suppliers in all 50 states, NASA’s visionary plan to return American astronauts to Lunar orbit by 2022 and put Americans on Mars by the 2030s is taking shape.

Our astronauts will ride in the Orion spacecraft launched by the Space Launch System (SLS) – the most powerful rocket ever built.

The rocket and spacecraft are being completed and tested this year in preparation for their first launch to the Moon next year. 

And our neighbors are helping build it. At Kennedy Space Center, and NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility, All Points is supporting Boeing with the development of the SLS by providing quality engineering and Information Technology support.

Our astronauts will ride in the Orion spacecraft launched by the Space Launch System (SLS) – the most powerful rocket ever built.

All Points is working with Lockheed Martin to design, develop and test the software that will be used to control and fly the Orion capsule and provide support on the ground. 

We help assemble, integrate, and test the Orion prototypes using high tech test beds in Houston and Denver.

Our engineers use these test beds to test and check out actual flight hardware and interfaces to NASA’s Mission Control Center that will conduct the flight operations and training systems used to prepare astronauts for their mission at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

They can’t do it without a comprehensive federal space policy that supports innovation, American manufacturing, STEM education, and space exploration.

Having the world’s only exploration-class spacecraft and rocket provide the U.S. with an opportunity to continue our global leadership well into the 21st Century.

Through the dedication and passion of aerospace workers, like All Points’ workforce, we can propel our country into the next age of American space leadership.

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ALL POINTS PRESIDENT AND CEO: “As a service-disabled veteran and owner of Merritt Island-based All Points, I am committed to seeing Americans return to deep space. Bright, hard-working, dedicated workers highly educated in science, technology, engineering and math are critical to this mission.”

As a service-disabled veteran and owner of Merritt Island-based All Points, I am committed to seeing Americans return to deep space. Bright, hard-working, dedicated workers highly educated in science, technology, engineering and math are critical to this mission.

America’s unmatched legacy in space is built in part by companies like ours and aerospace workers like your neighbors.

Reaching the Moon the first time was a national endeavor, with broad public and federal support.

Returning to the Moon, establishing a gateway for deep space exploration, and eventually putting an American astronaut on Mars demands the same national effort.

We must support federal policies that invest in STEM education. 

The bold endeavor that is human space flight sparks the interest and imagination of the next generation of engineers, scientists, and astronauts. 

A determined commitment to exploring deep space brings benefits back to Earth through our continued advances in technology and innovation and ensures our legacy as the world leader in space.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Phil Monkress is President and Chief Executive Officer of Merritt Island, Florida-based All Points, a rapidly growing CMMI-DEV Maturity Level 3 Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, providing products and services to a diverse set of Federal Government and Civilian agencies.

He drives the company’s strategic and financial direction as head of All Point’s Executive Leadership Team and a leader in providing best-in-class products, services, and solutions to the Government and commercial marketplace.

Prior to All Points, Monkress served as a Field engineer for KPMG performing various roles as a consultant supporting multiple clients in various IT environments across the U.S. and abroad. In 1999, he joined All Points as Chief Operating Officer.

In 2009, he assumed full ownership of the company as President and Chief Executive Officer. Monkress is credited with and was instrumental in All Points’ significant growth into a multi-million dollar corporation, supporting and supplying large Government contracts.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Phil received a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical and Industrial Education from Valdosta State University.

Headquartered on the Space Coast in Florida, All Points has offices in Reston, Virginia; Houston, Texas; and Huntsville, Alabama.

All Points provides a full range of technology and mission-critical services within the firm’s core competencies including Systems Engineering and Technical Services; Information Technology and Cyber Security; Program Management Support; Software Development, Test, and Verification; Life-Cycle Logistics; Intelligence Services; Warfighter and Mission Support; and Hardware and Software Integration and Solutions (VAR).

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