All Points Applauds National Space Club Honorees During 2019 Celebrate Space Awards
By Space Coast Daily // October 20, 2019
Lifetime Achievement Award winners included Tom Duncan and Fred Jankowski
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – It was an inspiring evening as the National Space Club Florida Committee held its 2019 Celebrate Space Awards Oct. 19 at the Radisson Resort at the Port in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
In an effort to honor the fascinating individuals who make impactful contributions to America’s space program, the National Space Club Florida Committee recognizes them with special awards and honors.
Lifetime Achievement Award winners included Tom Duncan and Fred Jankowski, both of whom have done critical work and provided incredible leadership for more than 40 years.
Space Worker Hall of Fame honorees included Bill Dowdell, Liz Allen, Stu Warren, Matt Woodings, Mike Chappell, Les Lakes, Ralph Rohloff, Randy Stalnaker, Diane Matthews, Joe Mayer, Jerry Moyer and LeDonna Neterer.
The Rising Star Award was presented to Lockheed Martin Test Engineer Chelsea Partridge, and the Kolcum Award went to Ben Cooper and Julie Arnold.
All Points executives on hand to congratulate the honorees were Chief Development Officer Steve Lloyd and Senior Vice President of Business Development Kevin Brown.
Headquartered on Florida’s Space Coast, the National Space Club Florida Committee is a non-profit corporation composed of passionate individuals representing industry, government, the Department of Defense, regional educational institutions, and the public.
These individuals share the same mission; increase public awareness of America’s aerospace programs.
“We are a non-profit corporation composed of private individuals representing industry, government, the military, educational institutions, and the media – all sharing a commitment to maintaining leadership in, and increase public awareness of America’s space programs,” said National Space Club Florida Committee Chairman Pedro Medelius.
The National Space Club Florida Committee is one of two regional committees of the National Space Club and Foundation in Washington D.C. with the other located in Huntsville, Alabama.
The organization hosts monthly luncheons, sponsor educational opportunities and recognize those who make significant contributions to the advancement, utilization and exploration of space.
Since 1997, All Points has provided services in Program Management, Engineering, Information Technology, Logistics and IT solution development and product delivery for a diverse set of Federal government, civilian and Department of Defense agencies.
All Points is headquartered in Merritt Island, Florida and also has offices in Virginia, Huntsville, Houston and Lousiana, recently celebrated the expansion of the company’s presence in Huntsville, Alabama, in the Cummings Research Park.
“Fifty years ago, an exceptional generation of men and women helped to launch Americans into space and land NASA astronauts on the Moon,” said All Points President and Chief Executive Officer Phil Monkress.
“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.
For more information about the All Points Open House on Wednesday, October 23, call 321-735-8630.
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