Here are all the Readers’ Choice winners of the 2019 SpaceNews Awards

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In October, we asked SpaceNews readers to vote on the finalists for this year’s SpaceNews Awards for Excellence and Innovation. More than 40,000 votes were cast by the time the poll closed Nov. 1.

The  Readers’ Choice Award winners named below will be honored at our 3rd annual awards luncheon Dec. 10 in Washington along with the SpaceNews Award winners selected (but not yet announced) by the SpaceNews editorial team. The full slate of winners will also be featured in SpaceNews magazine that week.

A note for finalists: Winners of a Readers’ Choice Award are eligible to be selected as the SpaceNews Award winner in the same or different category. You or your organization will be notified in mid-November if you were chosen as the SpaceNews Award winner.


SpaceNews
 & Readers’ Choice Award Winners 


Company of the Year

SpaceNews Award: Announced live Dec. 10

Readers’ Choice Award: Rocket Lab

Finalists: Virgin Orbit • Planet •  Blue Canyon Technologies • Spaceflight Industries • Viasat • Spire


Corporate Leader of the Year

SpaceNews Award:  Announced live Dec. 10

Readers’ Choice Award: Maxar CEO Dan Jablonsky

Finalists: Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck • ULA CEO Tory Bruno • Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO Eileen Drake • NanoRacks CEO Jeffrey Manber • Eutelsat CEO Rodolphe Belmer


Startup of the Year

SpaceNews Award:  Announced live Dec. 10

Readers’ Choice: Relativity Space

Finalists: HawkEye 360 •  IceEye • LeoLabs •  Loft Orbital • LeoStella


Government Agency of the Year

SpaceNews Award: Announced live Dec. 10

Readers’ Choice Award:  NASA

Finalists: DARPA • ISRO • JAXA • CNES • DIU • Space Enterprise Council •  CNSA


Government Leader (Civil) of the Year

SpaceNews Award:  Announced live Dec. 10

Readers’ Choice: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine

Finalists: Jan Woerner, ESA • Kevin O’Connell, U.S. Office of Space Commerce • K. Sivan, ISRO • Jean-Yves Le Gall, CNES • Wayne Monteith, FAA-AST • Mohammed Al Ahbabi, UAE Space Agency • Pascale Ehrenfreund, DLR


Government Leader (Military) of the Year 

SpaceNews Award: Announced live Dec. 10

Readers’ Choice Award: U.S. Air Force Gen. John “Jay” Raymond

Finalists:  U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Douglas A. Schiess, commander, 45th Space Wing • U.S. Air Force Steve Butow, DIU director, space  • U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers and Jim Cooper, House Armed Services Committee


Unsung Hero of the Year

SpaceNews Award:  Announced live Dec. 10

Readers’ Choice Award: Brooke Owens Fellowship

Finalists: Karen St. Germain, NOAA • Jeff Manber, NanoRacks • Patricia Hynes, New Mexico Space Grant Consortium


Turnaround of the Year

SpaceNews Award:  Announced live Dec. 10

Readers’ Choice Award: Maxar Technologies

Finalists: Firefly Aerospace • Aerojet Rocketdyne • Swarm • HySpeqIQ


Breakthrough of the Year

SpaceNews Award: Announced live Dec. 10

Readers’ Choice Award: SpaceX’s Starhopper

Finalists: SpaceX’s Starlink • NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission •  JAXA’s Hayabusa-2 • China’s Chang’e 4 lunar landing • Spaceflight’s SSO-A SmallSat Express rideshare mission • Spektr-RG • Northrop Grumman’s MEV-1 satellite serving mission


Deal of the Year

SpaceNews Award:  Announced live Dec. 10

Readers’ Choice Award: Blue Origin forms Artemis lander “national team”

Finalists: SpaceX raises $1B+ • NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services awards • OneWeb raises $1B+ • HawkEye 360’s $70M Series B • Virgin Galactic’s IPO • Relativity’s $140M round •  Raytheon-United Technologies merger •  L3-Harris Corp. merger


Space Stewardship Award (sponsored by AGI)

SpaceNews Award:  Announced live Dec. 10

Readers’ Choice Award: Iridium Communications

Finalists: OneWeb’s Responsible Space initiative • LeoLabs • Space Safety Coalition • Secure World Foundation • Moriba Jah • T.S. Kelso


Past Winners

2018 SpaceNews Awards winners

2017 SpaceNews Awards winners