All Points a Proud Sponsor of the 46th Space Congress, Dedicated to Human Space Flight Efforts
By Space Coast Daily // June 28, 2019
46th Space Congress celebrated the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – The 46th Space Congress was held recently in Cape Canaveral and celebrated the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with tributes from NASA and industry leaders.
All Points, a Space Coast-based company with offices in Virginia, Huntsville, Houston and Lousiana, was a proud sponsor of the event, which is hosted by the Canaveral Council of Technical Societies each year in collaboration with NASA Kennedy Space Center and Space Florida.
This year, the Space Congress theme was “lighting the fire” of launch, new technologies, exploration, innovation, imagination and inspiration.
Panel discussions included LEO commercialization, NASA’s exploration program, robotics and science, commercial and international programs, and innovation.
Since it’s the year of the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Moon Landing, the event also honored all the Apollo astronauts who have “lit the fire” and continue to inspire us and the next generation of space travelers.
“Fifty years ago, an exceptional generation of men and women helped to launch Americans into space and land NASA astronauts on the Moon,” said Phil Monkress, All Points president and CEO.
“Today, aerospace workers from All Points locations all over the country, are ushering in the next generation of American space travel and opening the door to return to the Moon and on to Mars.”
All Points works with innovative space companies and suppliers in all 50 states on NASA’s visionary plan to return American astronauts to the Lunar surface by 2024 and put Americans on Mars by the 2030s is taking shape.
U.S. 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.
All Points is also 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 are helping to assemble, integrate, and test the Orion prototypes using high tech test beds in Houston and Denver,” said Monkress.
“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.
“But, 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,” said Monkress.
“As a service-disabled veteran and owner of Space Coast-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,” said Monkress.
“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,” said Monkress.
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