CAP CANAVERAL – Two Aerodyne Industries employees have been joined by partners on the Test and Operational Support (TOSC) contract at the Kennedy Space Center for honors from the National Space Club-Florida Committee.
Elhanon “EW” Hall III was inducted into the Space Worker Hall of Fame while Joseph Jones was named a rising star at the 2021 Celebrate Space Awards banquet held on Friday December 10, 2021 at the Radisson Resort at the Port of Cape Canaveral .
Four TOSC teammates for Jacobs were also inducted into the Hall of Fame: Randle Clay, Jennifer Hall, Jeff McAlear and Vijai Prabhudial.
“We are very proud of our 2021 inductees into the prestigious National Space Club Hall of Fame and our inaugural Rising Star recipient,” said Andy Allen, CEO of Aerodyne. “They symbolize the best of Aerodyne and Jacobs and I want to thank the National Space Club for promoting the US aerospace program by honoring these exceptional individuals. “
TOSC is made up of the best and brightest and includes subject matter experts at the top of their discipline, such as Elhanon (EW) Hall III from Aerodyne Industries.
Mr. Hall received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Ga. Tech at SoCal in 1979 to begin a career in the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International in the Combustion Devices Department, where he supported the development of the Space Shuttle Main Engine. and flight engine tests and checks.
In 1984, he and his new wife, Kay, moved to KSC for the launch / flight support of the Lockheed Space Operations Company (LSOC) and Rocketdyne, respectively. He continued in this function of LSOC at LMSO at United Space Alliance (USA) in support of the Space Shuttle program. This role continues with TOSC, where EW is an integral part of the processing and planning of the main propulsion system / RS25 for the world’s most powerful rocket with the Artemis program.
In 2020, he received the General Manager’s Award for Integrated Test and Checkout of Core Stage RS25 and Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage RL10 engines. He also received NASA’s Silver Snoopy and Space Flight Awareness Awards with the United States.
EW lives in Cocoa Beach with his wife Kay and daughter Libby. Son Caleb and his family live in Atlanta; Ches, also a TOSC engineer and his family residing in Titusville; and her engineer daughter Abby and her husband in Palm Bay.
After years as a hydro mechanic with the US Army Corps of Engineers and extensive mechanical / diesel experience with the US Air Force, it didn’t take long for Joseph Jones to make an impact at KSC.
Hired in 2017 as a Mechanical Engineer for Aerodyne Industries supporting TOSC, Joseph received the company’s prestigious President’s Award in 2018 for his substantial contributions to the Crawler Transporter (CT).
Joseph Jones and his teammates have received many accolades in recent years for upgrading CT to support the space launch system.
His enthusiasm made him a natural advocate, and he promoted the space program in print and social media. A skillful and engaging speaker, he is often called upon to speak to organizations about the iconic CT and he volunteers each year for the KSC Open House.
Mr. Jones is also community driven and has volunteered for the Parent / Teacher Council at Challenger 7 Elementary School in Cocoa, participates in the annual Indian River Lagoon Cleanup and provides weekend support to the Brevard Humane Society.
He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tennessee State University.
He and his wife, Kailey, his daughter Emiliana and his son Asher live in Port. Saint-Jean with the puppies Dexter, Hazel and Princess and Sawyer the cat.
Aerodyne Industries LLC is a Small Business Owned by Disabled Veterans (SDVOSB) that was established in 2006 by CEO Andrew “Andy” Allen. Our head office is located in Cape Canaveral, Florida with the primary focus on serving NASA programs and solving NASA’s toughest technical problems.
A seasoned business executive and program manager, Mr. Allen is a retired Navy aviator who has logged over 6,000 flight hours on more than 30 different aircraft. He is also a veteran NASA astronaut, space shuttle pilot and mission commander.
Aerodyne Industries is a Test and Operational Support Contract (TOSC) subcontractor at Kennedy Space Center. The contract provides for the overall management and implementation of the capabilities of the ground systems, the processing of flight equipment and launch operations at KSC. These tasks support the programs of the International Space Station, Ground Exploration Systems, Space Launch System, Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicles, and Launch Services.