AIAA to Recognize Technical Excellence in Aerospace at the 2018 AIAA SPACE Forum Written 12 September 2018

CONTACT: John Blacksten

September 12, 2018 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce the winners of technical excellence awards to be presented during the Space and Astronautics Forum (AIAA SPACE Forum) on 17-19 September, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, Fla. 

The awards will be presented during the Excellence in Aerospace Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, 18 September, and will include awards selected in 2017 and 2018 as the previous year’s event had been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. For more information about the awards presented, please visit the AIAA Honors and Awards website.  

The following aerospace professionals will be recognized for their outstanding contributions in their field having been chosen by their peers from related AIAA technical committees and local sections:

The Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) Team at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centerwas selected for the 2017 Space Automation and Robotics Award in recognition for their work in advancing the state of robotic servicing technology enabling the routine serving of satellites. 

Anthony Vareha and Todd Quasny, ISS flight controllers in the ISS Loop A Response Team at NASA Johnson Space Center, are being presented with the 2017 Space Operations and Support Award for leadership and innovation in working the External Thermal Control System Loop A Flow Control Valve failure on the International Space Station. 

The Juno Mission Team from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is being presented with the 2017 Space Systems Award to honor their exceptional achievement in the development and implementation of the Juno mission, resulting in groundbreaking data that has revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter. 

Retired Air Force Major General Roger Teague is being presented with the 2017 von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management for exceptional achievement in space missions, through innovative strategic thinking, revolutionary program management, and inspirational leadership on program execution. 

The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) Science Team from Lockheed Martin Space Systems is being presented with the 2018 Space Sciences Award for successfully operating the IRIS observatory and delivering high resolution images and UV spectra of the sun’s interface region. 

Garry Lyles, chief engineer of the Space Launch System at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, is being presented with the 2018 George M. Low Space Transportation Award for his visionary leadership in the development of NASA’s Space Launch System Vehicle. 

Daniel Bursch, a retired NASA astronaut and now NRO chair at the Naval Postgraduate School, is being presented with the 2018 Haley Space Flight Award in recognition of his advancement in the art, science, and technology of robotics and unexpected challenges during the early stages of the International Space Station. 

Dawn Flight Team from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is being presented with the 2018 Space Systems Awardfor accomplishing a unique interplanetary mission to orbit and explore two alien worlds, Ceres and Vesta, displaying exceptional space engineering with a rich scientific return. 

Retired Air Force Major General Thomas Taverney, senior vice president for Space Systems at Leidos is being presented with the 2018 von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management for significant contributions to the Space Mission as both a senior military leader and aerospace industry executive. 

Robert Mercier, deputy for technology with the Air Force Research Laboratory, High Speed Division, is being presented with the 2018 Hypersonic Systems and Technology Award in recognition of over 20 years of dedicated, sustained effort to advance air-breathing propulsion to a level of maturity that makes practical hypersonic vehicles a reality. This award will be presented at a separate event on Monday evening. 

In addition to the technical awards, AIAA will recognize Bob Greene, vice president of the 
Aeronaut Corporation, with a Sustained Service Award for his dedication and tireless efforts over 20 years of continuous service to the AIAA Atlanta Section as programs chair, Congressional Visits Day state team captain, section chair and officer, and STEM programs promoter.

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