David W. Thompson Lecture in Space Commerce Open for Nominations 1 July 2021 1 October 2021

The David W. Thompson Lecture in Space Commerce Award provides an annual lecture to recognize a prominent industry leader or senior management team (up to three individuals) who have created or grown a space-related business and generated substantial economic benefits and market value. The award is sponsored and endowed by Orbital ATK Inc., to commemorate the long and distinguished career of commercial space pioneer, David W. Thompson. This award is presented at AIAA ASCENDNomination Deadline: 1 October

Award Recipients


  • Eddy Hartenstein
    Tribune Publishing | Yahoo!
    Award: “Communications Satellites — Then, Now, and Where Next?”


  • Charles R Trimble
    Trimble Navigation
    Award: TBD