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Aerodyne Industries Quartet receive 2022 Annual Awards at Kennedy Space Center

A quartet of Aerodyne Industries employees were honored in July with 2022 Annual Awards for their support to the Test and Operations Support Contract (or TOSC) at the Kennedy Space Center.

Headlining the foursome was Kathy Saint, who received Aerodyne’s President’s Award, which is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the success of the company. Other honorees included Richard Varn, Beyond Zero Safety Award, Joel Tomlin, Mentor Award, and Amy Unsworth, Volunteer Award.

A Software Architect for the Launch Control System, Saint is responsible for several software systems integral to the successful launch of Artemis I on Nov. 16, 2022.

“It was an honor and a surprise to receive the President’s Award, but I know that none of this is possible without a strong team around me and the good Lord above guiding me,” said Kathy. “I recognize how fortunate I am to work on such an important and historic program and am thankful every day for the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Varn, an Electrical Engineer supporting the Hazardous Gas Leak Detection System, and teammate Tim Griffith of Jacobs earned the Beyond Zero Safety Award for contributing to the safety of personnel by providing critical early warnings of potential oxygen deficient environment.

Tomlin, the department engineering lead for NASA’s International Space Station and Launch Services Programs, provided exceptional mentorship to recent new hires within his department. He led by example and consistently encouraged personnel to develop engineering skillsets at an accelerated pace to earn the Mentor Award.

A Maximo Data Administrator, Unsworth earned the Volunteer Award by dedicating nearly every Saturday for many years working with the Valor Medical Service Dogs and Valor K9 Training organizations as a dog handler/trainer. This service provides Medical Service Dogs for ex-military personnel who are in need. These Service Dogs are invaluable to a veteran who suffers from traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and amputations.

“We are so proud of all of our honorees,” said CEO Andrew Allen. “We have gone through a major contract transition from TOSC to COMET [Consolidated Operations, Management, Engineering & Test] at KSC and their dedication and support are the primary reason we have the opportunity to continue to support NASA and the Artemis Program for many years to come.”

(L to R): Neil Mizell, Aerodyne Program Manager for COMET, Kathy Saint, 2022 Aerodyne President’s Award recipient, and Dave Brown, COMET Manager.

Richard Varn

Joel Tomlin

Amy Unsworth

About Aerodyne Industries LLC

Aerodyne Industries LLC is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that was established in 2006 by CEO Andrew "Andy" Allen. We are headquartered in Cape Canaveral, FL with a primary focus on serving NASA programs and resolving NASA’s most challenging technical issues.

A seasoned business executive and program manager, Mr. Allen is a former Marine aviator who has logged more than 6,000 flight hours in more than 30 different aircraft. He is also a veteran NASA astronaut, Space Shuttle Pilot and Mission Commander.

Aerodyne Industries is a subcontractor on the Consolidated Operations, Management, Engineering & Test (COMET) contract at the Kennedy Space Center. The contract provides overall management and implementation of ground systems capabilities, flight vehicle/spacecraft processing and launch, landing and recovery operations at KSC. These tasks support the International Space Station, Exploration Ground Systems, Space Launch System, Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, Launch Services Program, and other NASA programs, commercial venture, and partnerships at KSC.

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