SpaceNews established these awards to honor the well-known champions and the unsung heroes shaping the global space industry. We endeavored to celebrate headline-grabbing breakthroughs as well as outside-the-limelight innovations.

The winners recognized in the pages ahead were chosen by the SpaceNews editorial team after an open nomination process that concluded with a reader poll.

This year, we are also identifying the Readers’ Choice for each award to recognize the top vote getters
in each category. More than 12,000 SpaceNews readers voted for this year’s slate of winners.