Rotary Recognizes Michael Coats with National Space Trophy, Stellar Winners
Johnson Space Center director Michael Coats was honored with the National Space Trophy at the 26th annual Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) Foundation gala April 27, 2012. The Foundation also recognized 21 individuals and seven teams with Stellar Awards.
The National Space Trophy is presented each year to the U.S. citizen, who, as judged by his or her peers, has made the most significant contribution to the U.S. Space Program. The RNASA Foundation was founded by the Space Center Rotary Club of Houston in 1985 to organize and coordinate an annual event to recognize outstanding achievements in space and create greater public awareness of the benefits of space exploration. The awards are presented each year.
Former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin and former Kennedy Space Center director Bill Parsons presented the National Space Trophy to Coats.
In accepting the award Coats said, “Every member of the JSC workforce should be standing up here tonight. But if somebody has to take credit for their success, then I’m very lucky that it’s me.
“I’m particularly proud of the Stellar nominees and awardees here tonight,” he added. “Many of them will be the leaders of the space program over the next half century of human space flight as we continue to lead the world in our exploration of the solar system and the universe.”
Five government and 16 corporate aerospace workers were recognized with Stellar awards. The seven teams recognized included two from JSC, two from Boeing, one each from Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, and one joint government-industry team of NASA JSC, Oceaneering, General Motors, and Jacobs.
The winners were selected based on which accomplishments held the greatest promise for furthering future activities in space, the extent to which the nominee played a key role in the accomplishment, and the extent to which the nominee met the goal of recognizing “unsung heroes.”
Astronauts Megan McArthur and Robert Behnken presented the 2012 Stellar Awards. Receiving awards were:
Early Career Category
Dr. Andrew F. J. Abercromby of Wyle
--Technical excellence and innovation in advancing the Lunar Electric Rover/Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle from concept to functional prototype.
Pamela A. August of United Space Alliance
--Exceptional dedication and support to assembly and maintenance operations of the International Space Station (ISS).
Babak E. Cohanim of Draper
--Outstanding technical leadership in the development, test and demonstration of autonomous precision guidance, navigation, and control for robotic landers.
Brian R. Crisp of United Space Alliance
--Outstanding leadership of the U.S. Command and Data Handling Instructor and Onboard Data Interfaces and Network officer flight control teams supporting ISS flight operations.
Adam M. Schlesinger of NASA Johnson Space Center
--Exceptional cross-agency and international contributions to network developments, space data standards, and integrated communication testing and analysis for Space Shuttle, ISS, and Orion.
Christopher R. Vande Zande of NASA Johnson Space Center
--Significant contributions towards the execution of safe EVA operations and continued advancements in the development of continually evolving EVA suits.
Mid Career Category
Judith C. Blackwell-Thompson of NASA Kennedy Space Center
--Superior leadership and unmatched dedication to NASA, the Space Shuttle program, and human spaceflight for launch and landing and as Processing and Operations chief.
Michael J. Burghardt of The Boeing Company
--Exceptional technical expertise and leadership in positions of increasing responsibility in management in the Space Shuttle and Commercial Crew programs.
Nicholas P. Costen of MEI Technologies
--Outstanding innovation in the advancement of detector technology including process development used in fabrication of the micro-shutter array for the James Webb Space Telescope.
Paul R. Hearn of Hamilton Sundstrand
--Outstanding support of the ISS, including development of the common cabin air cooling system and fans inside the habitation modules, and as lead analyst for the water processor and oxygen generation assembly.
Anna M. Jarvis of United Space Alliance
--Outstanding leadership, project management, and technical excellence in extravehicular activity throughout the entire ISS assembly sequence.
Kevin J. Lunde of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
--Technical excellence and exceptional leadership towards the advancement of the state-of-the-art in rotating machinery for rockets.
Nancy L. Rustemeyer of United Space Alliance
--Outstanding contributions to the assembly and operation of the ISS.
Joan A. Singer of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
--Distinguished career including recent exceptional accomplishments in leading and guiding three highly visible, high priority human space flight efforts.
Julie H. Watanabe-Sloan of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
--Technical excellence and exceptional leadership resulting in state-of-the-art innovations in rotating machinery for rockets.
Late Career Category
Thomas M. Davis of USAF/DoD
--Extraordinary accomplishments and far reaching impact in leading the development and demonstration of small satellites and space technologies including the pioneering ORS-1, TacSat-3, and XSS-10 programs for the Department of Defense.
Dennis Eads of SAIC
--Storied aerospace career exhibiting strong leadership skills and unparalleled technical expertise that have significantly reduced risk, and strongly impacted NASA programs and projects.
Dr. Antonio L. Elias of Orbital Sciences Corporation
--Exemplary career and outstanding technical excellence in the conception, development and execution of multiple new generations of Earth-to-orbit transportation systems.
Vernon P. Gregoire of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
--Exceptional leadership in the development of space propulsion systems for the military and human space programs.
David Hartman of Hamilton Sundstrand
--Demonstrated expertise, technical solutions, and leadership in fluid and thermal control systems for manned and unmanned space applications, including the ISS and Space Shuttle.
Bradley Johnson of ATK
--Extraordinary engineering contributions and team building, leading rocket motor teams to innovative, reliable, high performance solutions for the Orion launch abort system.
Team Awards Category
Boeing Advanced Recycle Filter Tank Assembly (ARFTA) Project Team
--ARFTA hardware deliveries accelerated to allow for ULF-7 (Utilization and Logistics Flight 7, STS-135) launch of reusable tanks for improved urine processing treatment for the ISS. Mohammed Nasrullah accepted for the team.
Boeing Solar Alpha Rotary Joint–Full Redundancy (SARJ-FR) Project Team
--Successful design, manufacturing, and integration of SARJ-FR hardware (electronic controller, mechanical attachments, cabling, soft goods), mitigating top program risk for future SARJ failures. Gary Wedekind accepted for the team.
Lockheed Martin Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV)–Ground Test Vehicle Production and Integrated Testing Team
--Production of the Orion MPCV crew module and successful integrated testing with the launch abort system. Brian Sompayrac accepted for the team.
NASA Johnson Space Center Sensor Test for Orion Relative Navigation Risk Mitigation (STORRM) Team
--Outstanding technical excellence in the development and demonstration of Orion relative navigation sensor technologies for use in future crewed and un-crewed rendezvous, proximity operations, and docking capabilities. Howard Hu accepted for the team.
NASA Johnson Space Center WB-57 Halo Viper Team
--Outstanding team performance in the completion of the High Altitude Observatory (HALO) Viper mission in support of operations in Southwest Asia for NATO. Joe Gerky accepted for the team.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne J-2X Engine Program Team
--Successful development, assembly, and test of the first J-2X upper stage rocket engine system. Vernon Gregoire accepted for the team.
Robonaut 2 (R2) Team of NASA Johnson Space Center, Oceaneering, General Motors, and Jacobs
--Outstanding team contributions to advancements in the field of dexterous humanoid robotics. J.D. Yamokoski accepted for the team.