Excellence in Aerospace

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Recognizing Top Achievements in the ASCEND and AIAA Community

AIAA, the organization that powers ASCEND, is committed to ensuring that aerospace professionals are recognized and celebrated for their achievements, innovations, and discoveries that make the world safer, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous. From the major missions that reimagine how our nation utilizes air and space to the inventive new applications that enhance everyday living, aerospace professionals leverage their knowledge for the benefit of society. Join us in celebrating that pioneering spirit showcasing the very best in the aerospace industry.

CELEBRATE DURING 2022 ASCEND

Please join us to recognize the winners of the 2022 AIAA Space Systems Award on 24–26 October.

2022 von Kármán Lecture in Astronautics
Monday, 24 October, 1830–1915 hrs PT
Kathleen Howell, Purdue University
Lecture: “An Orbital Transportation Network to Support the Cislunar Space Enterprise”

2022 AIAA Space Systems Award
Tuesday, 25 October, 0800 hrs PT
Mars2020 Sampling and Caching System (SCS) Team
Accepting the award: Keith Rosette and Louise Jandura, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Citation: “For the design and flight operation of the scientific acquisition system that became the foundation of Mars Sample Return”

2022 William H. Pickering Lecture
Tuesday, 25 October, 1830–1915 hrs PT

AIAA Lectures and Awards

Kathleen Connor Howell 2022ASCEND 1

2022 von Kármán Lecture in Astronautics

Kathleen Howell, Hsu Lo Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University

Lecture: An Orbital Transportation Network to Support the Cislunar Space Enterprise

The cislunar region is the next step in the expansion of human activities further into space. Cislunar space is increasingly strategically important for a variety of current activities that build capabilities and enable technology development. But it also serves as a bridge between the present operations and future deep space missions. Various proposals and plans are focused on expanding the human presence in cislunar space; scenarios include space-based human-crewed facilities, robotic science missions, commercial operations beyond GEO and in the lunar vicinity, national security throughout the region and a range of new technology demonstration options. Many challenges exist to enable a full range of capabilities, but a multipurpose infrastructure is a critical element to achieving human expansion and building a space economy. An orbital transportation network is a foundational element of such an infrastructure and is important for all sectors. Based upon insight and efficiency from the LEO and GEO regimes, current efforts seek to produce roadmaps in this more complex dynamical environment.

Mars2020 Sampling and Caching System (SCS) Team

2022 AIAA Space Systems Award

Mars2020 Sampling and Caching System (SCS) Team

Accepting the award: Keith Rosette and Louise Jandura, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Citation: “For the design and flight operation of the scientific acquisition system that became the foundation of Mars Sample Return”

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William H. Pickering Lecture

Lecture Topic: James Webb Space Telescope

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

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