December 9, 2013 (FDSC PR) — Gwynne Shotwell, President and Chief Operating Officer of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), has been named the 2013 winner of the Florida Space Development Council (FSDC) Bumper Award. Named after the first rocket launched from Florida (on July 24, 1950), the Bumper Award recognizes individuals or organizations that have had the greatest positive impact on Florida’s space industry, or Floridians who have had the greatest impact nationally.
“Under Gwynne Shotwell’s leadership, SpaceX has become a force for positive change at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport, disrupting the status quo for NASA, Air Force, and the commercial launch industry,” said FSDC President Laura Seward. “SpaceX’s growing manifest and its push for new launch sites has also challenged Florida’s state and local governments to more aggressively support the space industry.”
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