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July 2nd, 2015

It's An Honor To Reach The Top Of This Hill... Nominations For Space Foundation's James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award 

[SatNews] The Space Foundation is now accepting nominations for its highest award, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award


Honoring its late, long-time chairman, Gen. James E. Hill, USAF, Ret., the award recognizes outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through lifetime contributions to humankind through exploration, development and use of space, or through use of space technology, information or resources in academic, cultural, industrial or other pursuits of broad benefit to humanity. 

Nominations must be received by September 30, 2015, and the award will be presented at a special luncheon during the Space Foundation’s 32nd Space Symposium at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in April 2016. 

Space Foundation Contact: 
Carol Hively, Director - Public Relations & Team Communications, media@spacefoundation.org

Director General of the European Space Agency, Jean-Jacques Dordain

The 2015 award was presented to Director General of the European Space Agency, Jean-Jacques Dordain.

Any person may nominate a candidate for the award, with the exception that individuals may not nominate themselves. 


The nomination criteria must meet at least two of the following measures:

  • Significantly advanced the state-of-the-art of space technology
  • Significantly advanced humankind’s understanding of space or space technology
  • Significantly contributed to public understanding of, or support for, space endeavors
  • Significantly and positively shaped governmental policy toward space
  • Effectively interpreted, through visual or other communicative arts, the majesty and importance of space
  • Effectively provided – by management, advocacy or design – significant, enduring or crucial space systems or infrastructure
  • Effectively employed space technologies, research systems, or space-derived data to improve the human condition through the artistic, scientific or humanistic endeavor

Exemplification of Mission Criteria 

The mission of the Space Foundation is "To advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." Nominees must exemplify the Space Foundation mission by meeting at least three of the following criteria:

  • Has written or published papers, textbooks, articles, etc., relating to the exploration, development or utilization of space, or has spoken in public forums such as conferences and symposia
  • Has been active in promoting and disseminating information about space exploration, development or utilization through any medium
  • Has been active with non-space-related groups—whether professional, fraternal, industrial, academic or community based—resulting in a transfer of space knowledge to other professions or groups
  • Has been active in community or public service not related to normal job responsibilities
  • Has volunteered or otherwise contributed significant or extended effort on behalf of the Space Foundation and its mission


  • 2015 Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA)
  • 2014 A. Thomas Young
  • 2013 Neil A. Armstrong and Sally K. Ride, Ph.D.
  • 2012 Gen. Thomas S. Moorman, Jr., USAF, Ret.
  • 2011 Charles Elachi, Ph.D.
  • 2010 CAPT John Young, USN, Ret.
  • 2009 The Honorable Peter B. Teets
  • 2008 Hans Mark, Ph.D.
  • 2007 Simon Ramo, Ph.D.
  • 2006 Buzz Aldrin, Ph.D.
  • 2005 The Honorable Edward C. Aldridge, Jr.
  • 2004 Gen. Bernard A. Schriever, USAF, Ret.
  • 2003 CAPT James A. Lovell, Jr., USN, Ret.
  • 2002 Norman R. Augustine

Submit a nomination in the form of a letter, not to exceed two pages, by September 30, 2015, addressed to:  

Elliot Pulham, Chief Executive Officer
Space Foundation
4425 Arrowswest Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907

Upon ratification by the Space Foundation Board of Directors, the honoree will be notified immediately in writing. Questions may be directed to Space Foundation Vice President – Operations & Human Resources, Kathleen Vinson, at kvinson@spacefoundation.org.