Public Service Award
The Public Service Award honors a person who has demonstrated sustained and visible support for aviation and space goals.
Nominees may or may not be members of AIAA and should be widely known outside of the aerospace community, should present a positive public image, should support and advocate for the aerospace industry through consistent and visible support of aeronautics and/or astronautics research and development, should demonstrate unhesitant willingness to be identified with aerospace programs/supporters, and should have no personal vested interest in advocacy. Because of the unique nature of this annual award, it is generally presented at the Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala.
Nomination Deadline: 1 October
- Full Name: Hugh Downs
- Category: Premier Award
- AIAA Citation: In recognition of the enduring contributions to the United States space and aeronautics programs through his personal participation and effective use of the news media