EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: U.S. Congressman Bill Posey Talks About Artemis, Space Travel and More with Steve Wilson and Orville Susong
By Steve Wilson // August 28, 2023
PART 6: Friday Night Locker Room continues 'ARTEMIS – Future of Tomorrow' Series
WATCH: In the sixth of a series entitled “ARTEMIS – Future of Tomorrow,” U.S. Congressman Bill Posey talks with the Friday Night Locker Room’s Steve Wilson and Orville Susong. Posey, who represents the 8th congressional district, talks about the Artemis missions, space travel and much more in this exclusive interview.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – In the sixth of a series entitled “ARTEMIS – Future of Tomorrow,” Orville Susong and I had the opportunity to talk with U.S. Congressman Bill Posey. Posey represents the 8th congressional district, which includes Brevard County, Indian River County, and a portion of east Orange County.
Posey is in a unique position to discuss the space industry, as he serves on the Committee on Science, Space and Technology and its subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics.
I asked him about the importance of the Artemis missions, and he said, “It’s an exciting program. It’s been over 50 years since the United States has traveled to any celestial body.”
He continued, by talking about the importance of space travel, saying, “When you look at the NASA site, it lists the 6,000 spinoff products that came from NASA.”
There are so many benefits to space travel to our society, on a global scale, including improving health care, protecting our planet and environment, enhancing safety on earth, scientific discoveries, improving relations with other countries, and these are just a few.
Programs such as Artemis will allow us to continue to be the leader in space exploration. The Artemis missions will push the boundary of space exploration. It will open new worlds and new technologies. We are fortunate to have a champion, such as Congressman Bill Posey, supporting NASA and the entire space industry.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steve Wilson was born in DeRidder, Louisiana and grew up in both New Orleans and Macon, Georgia. He moved to Brevard County in 1984 and retired from local government as the Community Advocate/Assistant to the City Manager with the City of Rockledge in 2018.
Among the awards and accolades Steve has received over the years are 15 + year Rockledge Little League volunteer, Brevard Public School Jefferson Award Recipient, Rockledge High School Raider Booster Award 2001, 2006, City of Rockledge Employee of the Year 2006, Rockledge Kiwanian of the Year 2006-2007, City of Rockledge Quality Public Service Award 2008, 2012, 2017, Rockledge Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 2012-2013, Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Sportscasting 2015, Rockledge High School Leadership and Service Award 2016, Central Florida Humanitarian Award 2017, Space Coast Inspiration Award – 2018 and Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement – 2020.
Wilson is especially proud of is chairing two fundraisers in support of pediatric cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in honor of Merritt Island resident Julie Spurlock that raised over $25,000.00.
He has been a partner, along with Orville Susong, for the past 24 years with the Friday Night Locker Room, a broadcasting team that covers and reports on a wide variety of local events that are of significance to the residents of the Space Coast and beyond. Their mission is to promote youth sports, support first responders and law enforcement personnel, and showcase community and charitable events that are produced by our nonprofit partners in central Florida.
The Friday Night Locker Room has awarded hundreds of sports achievement plaques to Brevard County student-athletes over the years. They have also awarded more than $18,000 in academic scholarships to Brevard County high school seniors.