Theodor W. Knacke Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Award Open for Nominations 1 July 2020 1 October 2020

The Theodor W. Knacke Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Award is presented to recognize significant contributions to the advancement of aeronautical or aerospace systems through research, development and application of the art and science of aerodynamic decelerator technology. This award is presented biennially (in odd-numbered years) the Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Conference (co-located with the PIA Symposium). Nomination Deadline: 1 October

Award Recipients

2019

  • Ricardo A Machin
    NASA-Johnson Space Center
    Awarded
    Award: 2019 Theodor W. Knacke Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Award
    AIAA Citation: For excellence in the area of design, test, and certification of human rated capsule recovery parachutes enabling mankind to explore beyond the earth

2017

  • Elsa J Hennings
    independent
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For expertise in overcoming challenges in decelerator design: including regulated drag area, innovations on Space Shuttle, Mars and Orion landing systems and creative genius.

2015

  • Mr Robert J Sinclair
    Airborne Systems
    Awarded
    Award: 0
    AIAA Citation: For 30 years of innovation and leadership in the design, testing and fielding of parachutes for military systems, manned spacecraft recovery, and interplanetary probe descent and landing.

2011

  • Edwin D Vickery
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For five decades of dedication and innovation in the art of aerodynamic decelerator systems and for exceptional mentorship of the next generation of aerodynamic decelerator engineers.

2009

  • Mr Charles Lowry
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For nearly five decades of significant contributions to the understanding and application of aerodynamic decelerators while working with and mentoring several of the industry leaders.

2007

  • G. Brown
    Vertigo
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For breakthroughs in parafoil flight mechanics and parachute guidance and soft-landing as well as advances in supersonic and hypersonic planetary aerobraking and decelerator systems.

2005

  • Mr. Roy L Fox
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For four decades of outstanding contributions to the developmental and qualification testing of parachute deceleration and landing systems.

2003

  • Dr Vance L Behr
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For his significant contributions to the design of several high-performance parachute systems for NASA and the Department of Energy, and for his ongoing dedication to the education of the next generation of aerodynamic decelerator systems engineer.

2001

  • Phillip R Delurgio
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of a lifetime of achievement and dedication to the field of aerodynamic decelerator systems

1999

  • Dean F Wolf
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For sustained excellence in technical contributions to the development of parachutes for NASA Programs including Apollo, Pioneer Venus, Galileo, Space Shuttle and Space Station

1997

  • Dr J Stephen Lingard
    Vorticity Ltd
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For breakthroughs in the theory of gliding parachute aerodynamics, and advances to personnel safe escape systems and super sonic interplanetary parachute systems

1996

  • Mr. Matts J Lindgren
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For excellence of technical contribution, innovative design, and exemplary personal commitment to the CORONA photo reconnaissance reentry vehicle, SR-71, and D-21 programs

1995

  • Dr Carl W Peterson
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For contributions to the understanding of aerodynamic decelerators and their technical applications, both as an engineer and as an inspiring leader.

1994

  • Mr. Robert W Rodier
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For contributions in the development of sophisticated parachute recovery systems used in the Univeted States Space Program, military aircraft, and United States Army Airdrop Systems

1993

  • Dr Karl F Doherr
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For demonstrated leadership and experience in modeling flight dynamics of modern parachute systems; and for creativity, technical depth and other contributions to the science of decelerator systems design

1992

  • Mr. James D Reuter
    Pioneer Parachute Company Inc
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For continuing contributions to the art of parachute design, repeatedly pioneering new capabilities beyond the edges of the old performance envelope

1990

  • Maurice P Gionfriddo
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For over 30 years of dedication, management and administration that led to a significant amount of advances in the field of aerodynamic decelerator systems

1989

  • Dr David J Cockrell
    NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding sustained and continuing contribution to the science of parachute dynamics and mathematical modeling of parachute motion.

1988

  • Mr. John W Kiker
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For outstanding work in the development of parachutes and recovery systems of all types, and in particular for work on airplane and spacecraft parachute systems for the safe recovery of American airmen and astronauts

1986

  • Domina Jalbert
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    Award: -
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of a lifetime of innovation in parachutes, balloons and kites, in particular ,his invention of the Para-foil ram-air wing
  • Mr. William B Pepper
    Awarded-CoRecipients
    Award: -
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of twenty-seven years of major contributions to parachute technology and design in the areas of weapon parachute systems, re-entry vehicle and scientific payload recovery and Kevlar parachute technology

1984

  • Mr. Herman Engel
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: In recognition of 35 years of outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the design and development of many parachute systems for emergency escape of aircraft crew members and the recovery of unmanned vehicles

1981

  • Mr. Theodore W Knacke
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For the introduction of modern technology and sound engineering principles to the former art of parachute design, thereby enabling aircraft, ordnance, spacecraft, and other advanced system designers to successfully use parachutes to satisfy system requirements

1979

  • Helmut G Heinrich
    Awarded
    AIAA Citation: For 40 years of continous involvement with and significant contributions to the science and technology of aerodynamic deceleration systems, and for teaching by doing and doing by teaching.