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Theodor W. Knacke Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Award

The Theodor W. Knacke Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Award is presented to recognize significant contributions to the advancement of aeronautical or aerospace systems through research, development and application of the art and science of aerodynamic decelerator technology. This award is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) the Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Conference (co-located with the PIA Symposium). Nomination Deadline: 1 October
  • Full Name: Dr Vance L Behr
  • Category: Technical Excellence
  • AIAA Citation: For his significant contributions to the design of several high-performance parachute systems for NASA and the Department of Energy, and for his ongoing dedication to the education of the next generation of aerodynamic decelerator systems engineer.