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Robert Pearlman
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National Aeronautic Association (NAA) release
NAA Announces the International Space Station as Winner of the 2009 Robert J. Collier Trophy

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) announced at their Annual Spring Awards Luncheon that the International Space Station has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Robert J. Collier Trophy, "For the design, development, and assembly of the world's largest spacecraft, an orbiting laboratory that promises new discoveries for mankind and sets new standards for international cooperation in space."


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The Collier Trophy will be formally presented at the Annual Collier Dinner to be held on Thursday, May 13, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

"We had a remarkably strong list of candidates, one that visibly impressed the distinguished members of the Collier Trophy Selection Committee," stated Walter Boyne, Chairman of NAA as well as Chairman of the Selection Committee.

"I believe that the International Space Station is a wonderful example of what the Collier Trophy signifies: Accomplishment, vision, and advancement in aerospace."

"I want to thank the Collier Trophy Selection Committee for their commitment to this process. We were honored to have an outstanding group of aviation and aerospace experts participate in this very competitive and challenging competition."

The Collier Trophy is awarded annually "...for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year." The list of Collier winners represents a timeline of aviation, as most of the awardees mark major events in the history of flight.

The International Space Station Team nomination consisted of the National Aeronautic and Space Administration, The Boeing Company, Charles Stark Draper Labs, Honeywell Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, United Space Alliance, and United Technologies Corporation.

Other nominees for the 2009 Collier Trophy were:

  • Aircell;
  • Ares I-X Flight Test and Ares I Design Teams;
  • C-5M Super Galaxy;
  • Kandahar Airfield Operations Team;
  • MC-12W Project Liberty Enterprise Team;
  • SpaceX Falcon 1 Development Team; and
  • John Warner and the Excalibur Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle
"This was truly as professional and competitive set of deliberations as we could have hoped for," said Jonathan Gaffney, President and CEO of NAA. "I believe that all the nominees will look back at this process as a valuable experience for themselves and their organizations."

"The Selection Committee did a wonderful job evaluating nominations that spanned almost the entire spectrum of our tremendous aerospace industry, and I am very proud of the work that was done to select the International Space Station."

For tickets or more information about the Collier dinner on May 13, visit naa.aero and click on Events. For a complete list of previous recipients of the Collier Trophy, please visit the NAA website.

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NASA release
NASA's International Space Station Program Wins Collier Trophy

NASA's International Space Station Program has won the 2009 Collier Trophy, which is considered the top award in aviation. The National Aeronautic Association in Washington bestows the award annually to recognize the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America.

The association says it selected the station "for the design, development, and assembly of the of the world's largest spacecraft, an orbiting laboratory that promises new discoveries for mankind and sets new standards for international cooperation in space."

"We are very proud to receive the Collier Trophy," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "This prestigious award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of thousands of people around the world. With our intention to extend station operations to at least 2020, there are limitless possibilities for science and technological breakthroughs."

The station is a joint project of NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, the European Space Agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the Russian Federal Space Agency. The orbiting laboratory is nearing completion and will mark the tenth anniversary of a continuous human presence in orbit later this year.

"We're honored to be recognized for our past achievements for building and operating the space station, and we're excited about the future," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA's Space Operations Mission Directorate. "There's a new era ahead of potential groundbreaking scientific research aboard the station."

Congress designated the space station a national laboratory in 2005. The station provides a research platform that takes advantage of the microgravity conditions 220 miles above Earth's surface across a wide variety of fields. These include human life sciences, biological science, human physiology, physical and materials science, and Earth and space science.

After completion of assembly later this year, the station's crew and its U.S., European, Japanese and Russian laboratory facilities will expand the pace of space-based research to unprecedented levels. Nearly 150 experiments are under way on the station. More than 400 experiments have been conducted since research began nine years ago. These experiments already are leading to advances in the fight against food poisoning, new methods for delivering medicine to cancer cells and the development of more capable engines and materials for use on Earth and in space.

Supporting an international crew of six, the station has a mass of almost 800,000 pounds and a habitable volume of more than 12,000 cubic feet. It is approximately the size of a five-bedroom home. The station uses state-of-the-art systems to generate solar electricity, recycle nearly 85 percent of its water and generate much of its own oxygen. Nearly 190 people have visited the station, which is supporting its 22nd resident crew.

The award will be formally presented to the International Space Station Program team on May 13. The trophy is named for Robert J. Collier, a publisher who commissioned it in 1910 with the intent to encourage the U.S. aviation community to strive for excellence and achievement in aeronautic development.

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posted 03-04-2010 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space history has come full circle with this award as Collier's magazine was supporting the space station as far back as 1952!

music_space
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posted 03-04-2010 10:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will a replica of the trophy be flown to the ISS?

MCroft04
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posted 03-05-2010 04:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news! But let's hope LBJ's words about Apollo don't come back and haunt us; "we'll probably _____ this technology away".

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As the late English philosopher Bertrand Russell famously said, "The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation."

And there is no finer example of that today than the International Space Station.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-05-2010 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by music_space:
Will a replica of the trophy be flown to the ISS?
No word yet on flying a trophy but congratulations have come from onboard the station, via Expedition 22 commander Jeff Williams tweet:
Congrats to ISS Program and Team for winning the National Aeronautic Association's Collier Award!!

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