CAPE CANAVERAL, FL, September 2, 2014 – The National Space Club (NSC) of Florida recently announced that Rick Blucker, Chris Fairey and Brice Lytle are the 2014 annual Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. They were recognized for their distinguished roles in the space community the September monthly luncheon of the NSC.
Chris Fairey, chair of the Florida FIRST Robotics Education Foundation that produces the Orlando FRC Regional, started his career with NASA in 1969 in ground systems for the Apollo, Sky-lab, and ASTP programs as a system engineer and test conductor.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Fairey served in many different positions as the Kennedy Avionics Test Set Project Manager, Chief Flight Element Project Engineer Office, Shuttle Project Engineer (SPE) for fifteen Shuttle missions and Discovery (OV 103) Flow Director for four missions, receiving the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for Shuttle Return to Flight (1988) and the National Space Club Eagle Manned Mission Success Award (1989). He worked on the International Space Station (ISS), and Expendable Launch Vehicle (ELV) and Institutional programs at KSC, as well.
In addition to the Florida FIRST Robotics Education Foundation, Mr. Fairey volunteers with numerous charity organizations.
We’re proud of our FIRST volunteers and Orlando Regional leadership, and congratulate Chris on this well-deserved recognition.