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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics



    Recognizing the best in the aerospace community for their outstanding achievement is one of the primary goals of AIAA. SPACE 2013 features a number of activities that help us honor achievements and contributions to the profession. Please join us in saluting the accomplishments of your peers as we celebrate aerospace ingenuity and collaboration with the presentation of the following awards.

    AIAA Space Automation and Robotics Award 


    Robonaut 2 Development Team

    NASA Johnson Space Center

    Houston, Texas


    Award To Be Accepted By:

    Ron Diftler, Robonaut Project Manager    


    “In recognition of the Robonaut 2 Development Team’s pioneering technical achievement and advancement of humanoid dexterous robotics for human space exploration.”

    AIAA Space Operations and Support Award

    Orbital Express Orbital Express Flight Operations Team

    Award To Be Accepted by:
    Robert Friend, Boeing Defense Space and Security
    Col. Fred Kennedy, USAF, DARPA
    Randy Rubens, Boeing Advanced Space Systems

    “For recovery from a post-launch anomaly which almost resulted in loss of the mission, and then successfully completing the prime mission objective resulting in becoming the first to perform an automated rendezvous, docking and servicing mission.”

    AIAA Space Systems Award

    LCROSS Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) Team

    Award to be accepted by:
    Anthony Colaprete, Principal Investigator
    NASA Ames Research Center
    Moffett Field, California 

     “For extraordinary achievements of LCROSS, a secondary mission that impacted the moon to obtain the first definitive signature of lunar water.”

    AIAA von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management

    Tattini Eugene (Gene) Tattini
    Deputy Director
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Pasadena, California 

     “For exceptional technical management and performance to achieve space mission success and excellence, and for pioneering the development of National Security Space.”

    AIAA Space Architecture Best Paper Certificate

    Best Paper Award Cohen "Mockups 101: Code and Standard Research for Space Habitat Analogues"

    AIAA Paper 2012-5153, Marc Cohen 


    Best Space History, Society, and Policy Student Paper Competition

    The AIAA History, Society & Aerospace Technology Technical Committee and Legal Aspects of Aeronautics and Astronautics Technical Committee are proud to sponsor a Best Student Paper Competition for technical papers submitted by students in the Space History, Society, and Policy track. Entrants are judged based on merit including: (1) relevance of the topic to the study of space history, society, or policy, (2) organization and clarity, (3) technical accuracy and appropriateness of selected analysis methods, and (4) meaningful research conclusions. In addition to a certificate, the winning paper receives a $750 award.