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Aerodyne Industries Quintet inducted into National Space Club Hall of Fame



CAPE CANAVERAL, FL — Aerodyne Industries is proud to announce a record-breaking group of inductees into the National Space Club-Florida Committee Space Worker Hall of Fame Class of 2022.

Five Kennedy Space Center teammates, four supporting the Test and Operations Support Contract (Paul Gene Espy, John McClelland, Chuck Rake, and Lynda M. Thompson) and one supporting the Base Operations and Spaceport Services contract (Al Studt), were inducted during the 2022 Celebrate Space Awards Banquet held at the Radisson Resort in Cape Canaveral on Oct. 8, 2022.

“We are extremely proud of our record-breaking group of 2022 inductees and I want to thank the National Space Club-Florida Committee for doing so much to increase awareness of America’s aerospace programs,” said Andy Allen, Aerodyne CEO. “Paul, John, Chuck, Lynda and Al symbolize what is best about Aerodyne and epitomize the passion and dedication exhibited by all of our employees across the country.”

Espy’s KSC career began in 1987 supporting the Space Shuttle Program as an Engineer with United Space Alliance. He currently serves as a Project Manager for Aerodyne Industries supporting NASA’s Artemis Program. He has two children, Addison and Marrin, and resides in Titusville with his wife Teresa.

McClelland grew up watching Apollo launches as a child and in 1987 began his KSC career as an Instrumentation Engineer for Lockheed Space Operations Co. He is currently a Lead Propulsion & Engine Avionics Engineer for Aerodyne Industries supporting the Artemis Program.

McClelland lives in Viera with wife, Bonnie, and son, Ryan. Son Kyle attends the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Rake joined United Space Alliance in 1990 as an Engineer supporting the Space Shuttle Program, he eventually became Systems Specialist of the Flight Electrical team that supported the Electrical Power Distribution and Control systems for the entire Space Shuttle fleet. He is currently Manager of the Flight Electrical & Pyro Engineering Team responsible for some of the most critical aspects of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft. Rake and wife Candy live in Titusville.