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Missile Space & Range Pioneers: The future is now

Missile Space & Range Pioneers April 2015 event Brienna Henwood Director of Space Training and Research presentation photo credit: Jason Rhian SpaceFlight Insider

Brienna Henwood, the director of Space Training and Research for the National Aerospace Training & Research (NASTAR) Center, discusses her organization's efforts to train ordinary people to be astronauts. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / SpaceFlight Insider

Twice a year, the Missile Space & Range Pioneers host an event held to honor past accomplishments in space as well as to catch members up on current events. With the 43rd Space Congress being held during the same time frame (Apr. 28-30 ) the roughly two-and-a-half hour long Spring Banquet was well-attended with a special statement, one directed toward the new space groups and individuals entering the field: Welcome!

MSRP’s Banquet got started at 5:30 p.m. EDT with a social that provided attendees with time to reminisce about the past and to get caught up with what they have been doing since their last meeting. The event boasted a wide-range of ages and backgrounds of those that attended, highlighting the changing demographics of space-related efforts.

Missile Space and Range Pioneers Time Capsule 2 Mars Cassidy Chan Juliette Bido photo credit Jason Rhian SpaceFlight Insider

Time Capsule to Mars’ Cassidy Chan and Juliette Bido at the Missile Space & Range Pioneers’ Spring banquet. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / SpaceFlight Insider

An array of special guests attended the banquet, as well as discussions on current and ongoing efforts in fields relating to aerospace, with a special focus on deep space exploration and space tourism.

One of these was a presentation by Cassidy Chan and his group’s Time Capsule to Mars (TC2M) effort. Chan told SpaceFlight Insider what it was like to present in front of individuals who were instrumental during the early days of the U.S. Space Program.

“Having Time Capsule to Mars be able to come over to the Space Congress and the Missile Space and Range Pioneers banquet, it’s really an exciting time for us,” Chan said. “We are able to promote the mission, Explore Mars, and also increase our STEM outreach.”

U.S. Missile Space and Range Pioneers Spring banquet Hugh Harris photo credit Jason Rhian / SpaceFlight Insider

The presenters at the Spring banquet discussed efforts which could reinvigorate space travel. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / SpaceFlight Insider

The evening’s keynote address was provided by the National Aerospace Training & Research (NASTAR ) Center’s Director of Space Training and Research, Brienna Henwood. Henwood’s presentation fit into the evening’s unofficial theme very well, as it seemed to be focused on getting new blood into space-related fields.

“We work with an array of people, from private citizens to scientists who are planning on riding privately-produced spacecraft to orbit to conduct experiments,” Henwood said. “The length of time that these individuals trains is proportional to what type of flight that they will be carrying out.”

Missile Space and Range Pioneers President Bill Allen address the crowd during the 2015 Spring Banquet. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / SpaceFlight Insider

Missile Space and Range Pioneers President Bill Allen address the crowd during the 2015 Spring Banquet. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / SpaceFlight Insider

The next scheduled event for the Missile Space and Range Pioneers is currently slated for late October of this year. As with past events, this one will work to relay the legacy of the launches and other events at Cape Canaveral. Given the time of the year, planners will have presenters who will discuss the scariest stories that they had at the many launch sites and facilities at the Cape.

“I don’t know if we will have a costume party or not, but I think that, given the wealth of experiences that our members have, they should have some pretty scary stories to tell,” said the Missile Space and Range Pioneers President Bill Allen.

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Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as: Aviation Week & Space Technology, Space.com, The Mars Society and Universe Today.

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