"Florida in the Space Age" chonicles the cosmic accomplishments developed here in Florida on the Space Coast. This new series is brought to our channel by our partners the Tampa Bay History Center and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Speakers include Grayson Kamm, Todd Halvorson, Rene Arrians, and Bill Ayrey, which all have extensive backgrounds in the space industry when Florida was in it's prime of space exploration.
Grayson Kamm, a former news reporter for 10 News, grew up on the Space Coast and has been covering the space program for over 16 years. His colleague, Todd Halvorson, is the Kennedy Space Center Bureau Chief for the Florida Today Newspaper and wrote for USA Today. Together, the two tackle the contemporary history of how Florida came to be home of all space launches in America.
Rene Arriens, a mechanic technician at Intuitive Machines, worked on shuttles at the Kennedy Space Center. Rene provides an inside look to the more technical side of space exploration and all the critical work that goes on before a launch can even occur. Our other speaker, Bill Ayrey, has over 25 years of experience working at the Test Lab at ILC Dover, a Delaware based company that has designed and manufactured spacesuits from the Apollo mission, shuttle program, and current Space Station missions. He explains the importance of a well-developed spacesuit and reveals the formula for suits that are now in a condition that should be preserved for decades to come.
Get suited up for space as we take you on a journey through nearly a century of spacesuit design, development and exploration!