Missile Systems Award
This award is generally presented during the AIAA Space and Astronautics (SPACE) Forum and may be presented in two categories, Technical and Management.
The Technical Award is presented for a significant accomplishment in developing or using technology that is required for missile systems. The candidate must have demonstrated expertise in aerodynamics, guidance, thermophysics, navigation, control, propulsion, or other fundamental technical disciplines that has led to substantial improvement in missile systems.
The Management Award is presented for a significant accomplishment in the management of missile systems programs. The candidate must have demonstrated innovative leadership that has established an environment in which creativity in missile system technology can flourish and which led to the successful management of a major program by a government agency or an industry team.
Effective 1/2016, this award is being re-formatted and nominations are not being accepted.
- Full Name: Mick L Blackledge
- Category: Technical Excellence
- AIAA Citation: For outstanding leadership and technical depth that enabled SDIO to respond successfully to the 1991 Missiles Defense Act with affordable, high performance kinetic energy interceptors