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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Space Operations & Support Award

Established in 1991, the Space Operations & Support Award is presented for outstanding efforts in overcoming space operations problems and assuring success, and recognizes those teams or individuals whose exceptional contributions were critical to an anomaly recovery, crew rescue, or space failure. This award is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) generally at the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum (SPACE). Nomination Deadline: 1 February
  • Full Name: Orbital Express Flight Operations Team
  • Category: Technical Excellence
  • AIAA Citation: For recovery from a post-launch anomaly which almost resulted in loss of the mission, and then successfully completing the prime mission objective resulting in becoming the first to perform an automated rendezvous, docking and servicing mission.
  • Notes: Award Accepted by Robert Friend, Boeing Defense Space and Security, Col Fred Kennedy, DARPA, and Randy Rubens, Boeing Phatom Works