AIAA Mourns the Passing of Honorary Fellow Peter B. Teets Written 9 December 2020



AIAA Honorary Fellow Peter B. Teets | Wikipedia; Public Domain

December 9, 2020 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) mourns the passing of AIAA Honorary Fellow Peter B. Teets. He served as undersecretary and Acting Secretary of the Air Force, head of the National Reconnaissance Office, and president and chief operating officer of Lockheed Martin. He died Nov. 29, 2020.

Teets received AIAA’s highest honor for notable achievements in the field of astronautics, the Goddard Astronautics Award in 2010, for his four decades of contributions to manned and unmanned access to space and significant contributions to the world’s aerospace community. He also received several other awards from industry organizations for his significant roles as a civilian in national defense and military space.

“Pete was a great leader and demonstrated his passion and technical expertise throughout his career,” said Dan Dumbacher, AIAA executive director. “AIAA designated him as an Honorary Fellow to recognize his personal excellence and professional importance to the aerospace industry. Pete will be sorely missed.”

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