2012 Aerospace Spotlight Awards
AIAA’s highest honors to be presented at the 2012 AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala include:
AIAA Distinguished Service Award
||Donald W. Richardson
President and COO
DonRich Research Corporation
West Palm Beach, Florida
For over 60 years of service to the IAS and AIAA, the aerospace profession, and outstanding leadership in navigation and air traffic management systems.
AIAA Foundation Award For Excellence
||Boeing 787 Dreamliner
For the groundbreaking development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner as a super-efficient, game-changing airplane that brings big-jet ranges and speeds to mid-size airplanes and provides airlines with unmatched value and efficiency by using 20 percent less fuel than today’s similarly sized airplanes.
AIAA Goddard Astronautics Award
||David W. Thompson
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Orbital Sciences Corporation
For 3 decades of contributions and innovations leading to expansion of knowledge of the earth and space to improve nation’s security and to enable success in commercial space.
AIAA International Cooperation Award
International Academy of Astronautics
For unique contributions to the cause of international cooperation with visionary and pioneering efforts within the world-wide aerospace community.
AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award
||Preston A. Henne
Senior Vice President of Programs, Engineering and Test
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
For exemplary leadership in the development, design, testing and certification of major airplane programs and significant contributions to supersonic boom mitigation.
Daniel Guggenheim Medal
Founder and CTO (Retired)/Designer Emeritus
Scaled Composites LLC
For a distinguished career of highly innovative and successful flight vehicles ranging from home built designs to Voyager and SpaceShipOne.
National Capitol Section Barry M. Goldwater Educator Award
Assistant Secretary of Commerce
for Environmental Observation and Prediction
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
For outstanding performance in designing and promoting STEM activities that inspire students to achieve from the depths of the ocean to the heights of outer space.