Governmental Affairs Update – February 2016

The committee decided that they would like to have a speaker invited every other month. Some of the people they were interested in hearing from are Kathryn Rudloff, Executive Director of Business Voice, John Murry, CEO of Canaveral Port Authority (our April luncheon speaker) and Leigh Holt of TPO. We will reach out to Tom… [Continue Reading]

Education Committee Update – February 2016

The Education Committee held it’s monthly meeting on February 12, 2016. Topics for discussion were: PITBOE: The PITBOE luncheon was held at LaCita on February 10, 2016, and was a huge success. There were 48 businesses nominated by our local schools. These businesses have each contributed to the schools in various ways throughout the year… [Continue Reading]

Florida Space Update

Feb 1-12, 2016 NASA’s FY2017 Budget Good for KSC: Cabana: Proposed NASA budget ‘great’ for KSC Robert Cabana, director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, sizes up the proposed NASA budget for 2017. The spending plan should permit the space agency to continue the development of exploration systems that will send humans on future missions of… [Continue Reading]

Space Budgets, Policy, Missions, Benefits, International Update

Feb 1-12, 2016 Marshall Center Director: NASA names inside favorite new director of Marshall Space Flight Center NASA Administrator Charles Bolden named Todd May as director of the Marshall Space Flight Center on Monday. May has been the acting director of the NASA installation that oversees development of the Space Launch System exploration rocket since… [Continue Reading]

Commercial Space Transportation Update

Feb 1-12, 2016 Commercial Cargo Contract: NASA offers more details on cargo contract decision NASA offered new details on the selection criteria it used in January to award contracts for continued commercial resupply of the International Space Station between late 2019 and 2014. The contracts were awarded to incumbents Orbital ATK and SpaceX and newcomer… [Continue Reading]

Orion and Space Launch System Update

Feb 1-12, 2016 Orion Pressure Vessel at KSC: NASA prepares Orion spacecraft for its first big mission The NASA/Lockheed Martin weight reduced Orion crew exploration capsule assigned to Exploration Mission-1 is now at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center where it will undergo testing and final assembly. The first uncrewed test launch of Orion paired with the… [Continue Reading]

International Space Station Update

Feb 1-12, 2016 Space Marathon: Into the homestretch: Kelly and Kornienko to pass 300 days in space, heading for 2 March return to Earth Closing in on the early March finale of a near yearlong stay aboard the International Space Station, NASA’s Scott Kelly and Russia’s Mikhail Kornienko passed the 300-day-mark on Thursday. New Space… [Continue Reading]

FY2017 NASA Budget Update

Feb 1-12, 2016 Exploration Concerns: President Obama proposes $19bn budget for NASA in 2017 Human exploration advocates raise concerns over reductions in development activities for the Space Launch System exploration rocket and Orion crew capsule included in the proposed 2017 budget President Obama presented Congress this week. (See also: White House proposes $19 billion NASA… [Continue Reading]

Presidential Election

Feb 1-12, 2016 Candidate Positions: Election 2016 The Planetary Society’s website is tracking what the presidential candidates are saying about space exploration as the primaries, party conventions and November elections approach. Citizens for Space Exploration – a pro-space, taxpayer, grassroots advocacy group ( – has traveled to Washington, D.C. the past 24 years to meet face-to-face… [Continue Reading]

Parrish Medical Center Earns Integrated Care Certification

The Joint Commission Awards First Integrated Care Certification Parrish Medical Center Dedicated to Improving Outcomes through Integration, Coordination of Care (OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois – January 25, 2016) The Joint Commission’s Hospital Accreditation Program announced today that Parrish Medical Center, a public, not-for-profit facility in Titusville, Florida, is the first hospital in the United States to… [Continue Reading]