Jacobs Team Member Honored by National Space Club Florida Committee
Jacobs Vice President, General Manager and three-time Space Shuttle Astronaut Andrew Allen recently received Florida’s most prestigious space-related honor: the Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award.
The Award was named after the first director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and recognizes individuals for their contribution to the space program while working on Florida's Space Coast. Typically the award is given to individuals associated with launch vehicles, spacecraft operations, ground support services, range activities, space education or spaceport research and development.
Andrew’s career in aerospace has spanned the globe: from being a US Marine Top Gun aviator he went on to pilot the Space Shuttle Atlantis on the STS-46 mission in 1992 and Space Shuttle Columbia on STS-62 in 1994, followed by his third and final flight as Mission Commander aboard Columbia on STS-75 in 1996. He has logged more than 900 hours in space.
Andrew started his current role in March 2013, working on Jacobs’ Test and Operations Support Contract (TOSC) at KSC. The TOSC team supports Kennedy Space Center transition into a multi-user spaceport with the capability to launch new generation spacecraft, including NASA’s new Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft.
In 2016, Andrew also received a KSC Group Honor Award for his support to the Forever Remembered Memorial at the KSC Visitor Center. Andrew’s leadership has been crucial in the team’s numerous achievements and we are proud to have him in the Jacobs team.
Andrew accepting the award (L-R: Jacobs Director of Program Integration Bill Carr, Andrew Allen and Kevin Brown, National Space Club Chairman FL Committee) (Photo c/o Teresa McIntyre / NSCFL)
August 8th 1992: Andrew prepares for the final leg of the STS-46 mission. Allen and six fellow crew members had just shared a busy eight-day stay in Earth-orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. (Photo c/o NASA)
Andrew at the awards ceremony with Jacobs Chairman and CEO Steve Demetriou (Photo c/o Teresa McIntyre / NSCFL)