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FEATURE
2007 SpotBeam Civil Space Award

11.09.07

LOS ANGELES - A packed house of 300 space enterprise leaders toasted the 2007 recipients of the California Space Authority's SpotBeam Awards the evening of Nov.1, 2007. The black-tie event showcased the important role space enterprise plays in the everyday lives of ordinary Americans and was the climax event of the annual Transforming Space 2007 Conference.

NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale spoke at the 2007 SpotBeam Awards held by the California Space Authority. NASA photo by Gus Schalkham.

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy Program (SOFIA) was this year's winner of the 2007 SpotBeam Award for Civil Space. The award was presented by Dr. Scott Hubbard. Vance Brand of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center accepted the award on behalf of the SOFIA team.

NASA is developing SOFIA as a world-class airborne observatory that will complement the Hubble, Spitzer, Herschel and James Webb space telescopes and major Earth-based telescopes. SOFIA features a German-built 100-inch (2.5 meter) diameter far-infrared telescope weighing 20 tons mounted in the rear fuselage of a highly modified Boeing 747SP aircraft. It is one of the premier space science programs of NASA's Science Mission Directorate.

Former astronaut Vance Brand of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center Former astronaut Vance Brand of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center accepted the 2007 SpotBeam award on behalf of the SOFIA team. NASA photo by Gus Schalkham.

SOFIA is a joint program by NASA and DLR Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt (German Aerospace Center). Major aircraft modifications and installation of the telescope were carried out at L-3 Communications Integrated Systems facility at Waco, Texas. Completion of systems installation, integration and flight test operations are being conducted at NASA Dryden, located on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., from 2007 through 2010. SOFIA's science operations are being planned jointly by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and the Deutsches SOFIA Institut (DSI) under leadership of the SOFIA Science project at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field near San Jose, Calif.

"The SpotBeam Awards Dinner is a rare opportunity for all segments of the California space enterprise community to celebrate each others' 2007 accomplishments," stated Andrea Seastrand, Executive Director of the California Space Authority. "It isn't easy to narrow them down, but the SpotBeam Awards honor those who have made unique contributions in their specific areas of space enterprise expertise."

For an in-depth synopsis of each award winner and the category, please visit: http://www.californiaspaceauthority.org/_spotbeam awards/2007.html

Cam Martin
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

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