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Ken Beatty founded the National Aerospace Cadets in 1980 as a nonprofit organization that aimed to teach children skills for living in the space age, such as astronomy, computer science, electronics, model rocketry, and celestial navigation. Both youth members and adult leaders earned "ranks" as they acquired skills and passed tests. Mr. Beatty also ran the Delmarva Space Training Center from the basement of his home which served as an educational center for the cadets. The Delmarva Space Training Center contained a book and video library, a Space Shuttle simulator that was constructed by cadets, many models, and hands-on activities and kits. Mr. Beatty planned to find a large, permanent facility to house the Delmarva Space Training Center, but this was never realized due to a lack of funding. The National Aerospace Cadets maintained a membership of about 250 young people during its lifetime and had chapters in other states. Ken Beatty and the National Aerospace Cadets represents a portion of the public reaction to the Space Shuttle program and one version of how the advances of the Shuttle program would affect the future. The organization is also interesting because it represents a grassroots effort that works from the bottom-up, as opposed to a topdown structured organization such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Identifier

NASM.2008.0021

Creator

Beatty, Ken.

Date

bulk 1980-2001

Provenance

Ken Beatty, Gift, 2008

Extent

4.5 Cubic feet ((9 box))

Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Scrapbooks

Photographs

Correspondence

Records

Financial records

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 4.5 cubic feet of organizational records related to the National Aerospace Cadets and the Delmarva Space Training Center, including historical information, promotional materials, correspondence, financial records, building drawings, and educational materials. The collection also includes artwork depicting various cadet insignias and nine scrapbooks, mainly containing photographs.

Genre/Form

Scrapbooks

Photographs

Correspondence

Records

Financial records

Rights

Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Names

National Aerospace Cadets

Topics Astronautics
Manned space flight
Education
Clubs

Citation

National Aerospace Cadets Collection, Accession 2008-0021, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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