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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Goddard Astronautics Award

The Goddard Astronautics Award is the highest honor AIAA bestows for notable achievements in the field of astronautics. It was endowed by Mrs. Goddard to commemorate her husband, Robert H. Goddard-rocket visionary, pioneer, bold experimentalist, and superb engineer, whose early liquid rocket engine launches set the stage for the development of astronautics. The award received its current form in 1975, when the Institute changed the name and widened the selection criteria of its former Goddard Award (which had been bestowed for contributions in the engineering science of propulsion and energy conversion). This annual award is generally presented at the Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala. Nomination Deadline: 1 October
  • Full Name: Prof Jean-Jacques Dordain
  • Category: Premier Award
  • AIAA Citation: For outstanding vision and leadership in space exploration particularly during the past eleven years as Director General of the European Space Agency.