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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: Mr. Theodore W Knacke
  • AIAA Citation: For the introduction of modern technology and sound engineering principles to the former art of parachute design, thereby enabling aircraft, ordnance, spacecraft, and other advanced system designers to successfully use parachutes to satisfy system requirements