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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Otto C. Winzen Lifetime Achievement Award

Approved by the Board of Directors in 1993, the Otto C. Winzen Lifetime Achievement Award is presented for outstanding contributions and achievements in the advancement of free flight balloon systems or related technologies. It is presented in memory of Otto C. Winzen, a pioneer of modern day ballooning. This award is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) at either the AIAA Balloons Conference (co-located with the PIA Symposium when in the U.S.) or at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum (AVIATION) when the PIA Symposium is outside of the U.S. The next award will be made in 2019. Nomination Deadline: 1 October 2018
  • Full Name: Erich Klein
  • Category: Technical Excellence
  • AIAA Citation: In recognition of a career dedicated toward advancing scientific balloon launch support equipment including the padded spool vehicle, LDSD launch tower, and Antarctic Launch Vehicle.