OSC’s Thompson, Clyde Space Win Sir Arthur Clarke Awards

Orbital Sciences Corporation Co-founder David Thompson and CubeSat pioneer Clyde Space were among the winners of the Sir Arthur Clarke Awards given out by the Space Education Trust earlier this week. Details from the Trust:

  • David Thompson (International Space Achievement)
    David left NASA in 1982 to found the Orbital Sciences Corporation which now has more than a billion dollars in annual sales by providing lower cost launch services, mid-sized communications and other applications satellites and spacecraft for military and strategic missions.
  • Clyde Space (Achievement in Space Commerce)
    In the last five years, Clyde Space has become established as a leading supplier of small and micro spacecraft systems, has around a 40% global market share for CubeSat power systems and is a leading CubeSat vendor.

View a list of the other honorees below.

Sir Arthur Clarke Award Winners

  • University of Strathclyde Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory (Achievement in Space Research)
    The Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory undertakes frontier research on visionary space systems
  • Prof David Southwood (Exceptional Space Achievement)
    David has spent a lifetime working in space science, first in academia around the world and later in European Space Agency where he created the current form of the European Space Agency’s Earth observation programme and also became Director of Science (and latterly Director of Science and Robotic Exploration).
  • Clive Horwood (Achievement in Space Media)
    Clive is the Chief Executive of the UK publishing company Praxis which, for more than twenty years has specialised in space books and given British and other authors access to a global readership.
  • Chris Brunskill (Space Student Achievement)
    Chris is a PhD student at the University of Surrey. In 2009 he led the bid for Surrey to host the annual UKSEDs student space conference and then later organised the event. He did the same for the 2011 UKSEDS conference in Manchester.
  • Unlimited Theatre for Mission to Mars (Achievement in Space Education and Outreach)
    ‘Mission to Mars’ is a play written for 7-11 year olds, intended to inspire them about science, space and the solar system.

“The Space Education Trust is very pleased to acknowledge the winners of the 2011 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards,” said Dr Chris Welch, Chair of the Space Education Trust. “Space is one of the UK’s hidden success stories, but the Awards – named after the UK space visionary and inventor of the geostationary orbit used by communication satellites – demonstrate very clearly the range and level of UK achievements in space in many different areas, from science to space commerce, from education to entertainment. It is our hope that they will make the many successes of the UK space community much more visible.”

Each Sir Arthur Clarke award is given to an individual or to groups/organisations that have contributed to, originated in or have strong links to the United Kingdom, or have benefited the national space sector in some capacity.

The awards are owned by the Space Education Trust and sponsored this year by the UK Space Agency. The British Interplanetary Society (BIS) are administering the judging process on behalf of the SET and the UK Space Agency.

Jeremy Curtis, Chair of the Organising Group for the UK Space Conference and Head of Education at the UK Space Agency, said, ‘We are delighted to be able to include these important awards as a highlight of the UK Space Conference – it is the ideal place to honour the achievements of some of the brightest stars in the UK space community.’

More info about award categories:

1) Achievement in Space Education and Outreach
This award is made for achievement in space education and outreach. This includes: formal education at all levels, informal education, education about space, education for the space community (e.g. workforce development), education using space assets/resources, and outreach to the general public or specific target groups. The judging of this award is carried out by the Space Education Trust.

2) Achievement in Space Research
This award is made for achievement in space research. This includes research carried out in any subject related to space whether in science, engineering, medicine, humanities, art or design.

3) Achievement in Space Commerce
This award is made for achievement in space commerce. This includes any activity in any are related to space pursued for commercial reasons.

4) Achievement in Space Media
This award is made for achievement in space media. This includes any media related to space such as journalism, documentary, drama or other entertainment, scholarly record in any of the following forms: written, filmed, broadcast, web/internet-based or staged.

5) Space Student Achievement
This award is made for achievement by an undergraduate or postgraduate student(s) of no more than 28 years of age on 12 April 2011 for any space-related activity.

6) International Space Achievement
This award is made for achievement which either features or furthers a significant international aspect in an area of space activity. The judging of this award is carried out by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.

7) Exceptional Space Achievement
This award is made for exceptional achievement in an area of space activity. Examples of this might include lifetime achievement, breakthroughs in space science/technology, space undertakings of global impact/significance, etc. Space Education Trust.

The Space Education Trust (SET) is a charitable trust established in 1988, to promote space education through using space as an educational tool to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects with young people, education of and outreach to the general public and demonstrating that space encompasses many important areas of activity in academia, industry, commerce and entertainment.