Space

December 5, 2012

Air Force receives space award

Tags:
Carla Rose-Pryor
Space and Missile Systems CenterPublic Affairs


Space and Missile Systems Center Commander Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski accepted the donation of the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy from Dr.
Bradford Parkinson on behalf of SMC and the GPS Directorate at a special ceremony held at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 30.

Parkinson and the “GPS Originators” were awarded the prestigious Goddard Trophy in March 2012. The award recognizes the team’s “significant contributions to the development of the GPS, one of the most innovative space inventions of all time and recently recognized as one of the greatest space contributions to humanity,” according to the National Space Club, which sponsors the award.

The GPS originators decided to give their trophy to Air Force Space Command’s SMC, the home of GPS.

In 1973, the NAVSTAR-Global Positioning System Joint Program Office, headed then by Col. Bradford Parkinson, developed the GPS architecture. Since its inception, GPS has evolved from an idea, to a prototype, to a reality that is a vital part of modern travel and commerce, in addition to its original duty of serving the needs of the warfighter. GPS also contributes vital capabilities to emergency response, agriculture, aviation, maritime operations, roads and highways, surveying and mapping, environmental issues, and the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure.

The history of the GPS program provides a source of “lessons learned” and a sound foundation that continues to make today’s GPS satellites, control systems and user equipment more reliable and effective, while ensuring the applications that acquire them are more efficient. Today, several GPS pioneers are still involved with the program, providing expert advice through frequent interaction or as members of independent program review teams.

GPS continues to partner with industry and other countries to develop newer and better ways to utilize GPS signals. As such, GPS continues to be the gold standard to which all other Global Navigation Satellite Systems are compared.

The Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, named for the man considered to be the father of modern rocketry, is sponsored by the National Space Club. This premier aerospace award is presented annually to the individual or group who has had the greatest impact on space activities.

Past winners include Presidents Johnson and Reagan, the Apollo 11 astronauts, Werner von Braun, John Glenn (twice), and many other space pioneers.
The National Space Club, founded in 1957, is a non-profit organization whose members come from industry, government, and educational institutions, as well as private individuals who collectively seek to promote leadership in rocketry, astronautics and related technologies.

The GPS Originators team is comprised of space professionals who have made significant contributions to the development of GPS: Parkinson, Dr. Jim Spilker, Roger Easton, Hideyoshi Nakamura, Dr. Charlie Cahn, Robert Kern, Pete Wilhelm, Dr. AJ VanDierendonck, Dr. Fran Natali, Dr. Robert Gold, Tom Stansell, Dr. William Guier, Dr. George Weiffenbach, Frank McClure, Dr. Dick Kershner, Dr. Ivan Getting, James Woodford, Ernst Jechardt, Gerhard Huebner, Gaylord Green, Dick Schwartz, Dr. Mal Currie, Walt Melton, Cmdr. Bill Huston, Dr. Brock Strom, Bob Rennard, Hugo Fruehoff, Bill Feess, Ed Lassiter, Steve Gilbert, Mel Birnbaum, Vito Calbi, Sherm Fransico and Don Henderson.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
NASA illustration

NASA awards radiation challenge winners, launches next round

NASA illustration This illustration depicts our heliosphere, showing the approximate locations of Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft. Galactic cosmic rays originate outside the heliosphere and stream in uniformly from all direc...
 
 
NASA photograph

Celebrate with NASA as agency commemorates Hubble’s 25th anniversary

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is turning 25 this year. The observatory has transformed our understanding of our solar system and beyond, and helped us find our place among the stars. NASA is celebrating the Hubble Space T...
 
 

ULA unveils America’s new rocket

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emmeil-0u5k&feature=player_embedded United Launch Alliance unveiled its Next Generation Launch System April 13 at the 31st Space Symposium. The new rocket, Vulcan, will transform the future of space by making launch services more affordable and accessible. The NGLS brings together decades of experience on ULA’s reliable Atlas and Delta vehicles, combin...
 

 
NASA/JHU APL/Carnegie Institution of Washington

NASA spacecraft achieves unprecedented success studying Mercury

NASA/JHU APL/Carnegie Institution of Washington NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft traveled more than six and a half years before it was inserted into orbit around Merc...
 
 

NASA selects American small business, research institution projects for further development

NASA has selected 149 research and technology proposals from American small businesses and research institutions that will enable NASA’s future missions into the solar system and beyond while benefiting America’s technology-driven economy right here on Earth. The selected proposals now will enter into negotiations for contract awards as part of Phase II of the agency’s...
 
 

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft nears historic encounter with Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is three months from returning to humanity the first-ever close up images and scientific observations of distant Pluto and its system of large and small moons. “Scientific literature is filled with papers on the characteristics of Pluto and its moons from ground based and Earth orbiting space observations, but we’ve never...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>