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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Aerospace Maintenance Award

This award was first presented in 1987 to an individual who has made a major contribution to the aerospace maintenance discipline (aviation, missile and space) resulting in a significant improvement in operational and cost effectiveness. The intent was to recognize an individual who has developed and implemented new maintenance concepts and has been instrumental in the resolution of key aerospace issues. This award was discontinued in 2005.
  • Full Name: Dr James D A Van Hoften
  • Category: Technical Excellence
  • AIAA Citation: In recognition of his extraordinary innovative aerospace maintenance feats as a Mission Specialist Astronaut, performing four extra vehicular activities to retrieve and repair the Solar Maximum and Leasat IV-3 Satellites