31 August–2 September 2015
Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California


For over 75 years, AIAA has been a champion to make sure that aerospace professionals are recognized for their contributions. Join with us throughout the AIAA SPACE Forum as AIAA recognizes the very best in our industry: those individuals and teams who have taken aerospace technology to the next level…who have advanced the quality and depth of the aerospace profession…who have leveraged their aerospace knowledge for the benefit of society. Their achievements have inspired us to dream and to explore new frontiers.

We celebrate our industry's discoveries and achievements from the small but brilliantly simple innovations that affect everyday lives to the major discoveries and missions that fuel our collective human drive to explore and accomplish amazing things.


von Kármán Lecture

Monday, 31 August 2015, 1800 – 1900 hrs, Grand Ballroom DE


Robert Q. Fugate
Manager and Owner, Arctelum, LLC
Senior Research Advisor, Emeritus, New Mexico Tech
Former Senior Scientist, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics: A Revolution for Ground-Based Astronomy

William H. Pickering Lecture

Tuesday, 1 September, 1800–1900 hrs, Ballroom D-E

The William H. Pickering Lecture is named for the former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director to honor his initiation and leadership of America’s unmanned scientific space program, from Explorer I in 1958 through the development of the Viking orbiters and Voyager outer planet and interstellar missions. The lecture is open to all attendees and the general public.

“New Horizons: The Engineering and Science behind the Pluto Encounter”

Glen Fountain (invited)
Project Manager, New Horizons Mission
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Bonnie J. Buratti
Principal Scientist and Supervisor: Comets, Asteroids, and Satellites Group
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 

Recognition Luncheon—Celebrating Achievements in Space and Astronautics

Wednesday, 2 September, 1200–1400 hrs, Grand Ballroom D-E

A ticket for the luncheon is required and included in the registration fee where indicated. Additional tickets for guests may be purchased on site, as space is available. The following awards will be presented:

Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award
Dennis R. Jenkins, Aerospace Historian
Dressing for Altitude: U.S. Aviation Pressure Suits–Wiley Post to Space Shuttle

Space Operations and Support Award
Wind Operations Team, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Award accepted by Jacqueline Snell, Engineering Manager, Wind, Geotail and ACE Missions
For exceptional ingenuity and personal sacrifice in the recovery of NASA’s Wind spacecraft

Space Systems Award
Herschel and Planck Project Team, European Space Agency, European Space Research and Technology Centre
Award accepted by Goran Pilbratt, Project Scientist of the Herschel Mission
For outstanding scientific achievements recognized by the worldwide scientific community and for outstanding technical performances of the two satellites

von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management
Lt. Gen. John T. “Tom” Sheridan, USAF (Ret.), Senior Vice President and General Manager, Space Group
Vencore, Inc.
For exceptional performance in management of military and evolutionary space programs and excellent leadership in achieving national security space superiority
(Award to be presented at a later date by the AIAA National Capital Section)

Certificate of Merit
Space Architecture Best Paper
David Akin, Katherine McBryan, Nicholas Liomparis, Nicholas D'Amore, and Christopher Carlsen, University of Maryland
ICES-2014-264, Habitat Design & Assessment at Varying Gravity Levels

The luncheon will be immediately followed by the plenary panel discussion, Future Explorations: Our Solar System's Origins, Water, and Life.

Dates to Remember

  • Manuscript Deadline: 11 Aug 2015
  • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 17 Aug 2015
  • Cancellation Deadline: 17 Aug 2015

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