The Space Foundation is now accepting nominations for its highest award, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award.

Honoring its late, long-time chairman, Gen. James E. Hill, USAF, Ret., the award recognizes outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through lifetime contributions to humankind through exploration, development and use of space, or through use of space technology, information or resources in academic, cultural, industrial or other pursuits of broad benefit to humanity. 

Nominations must be received by Sept. 30, 2015, and the award will be presented at a special luncheon during the Space Foundation’s 32nd Space Symposium at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., in April 2016.

The 2015 award was presented to Director General of the European Space Agency, Jean-Jacques Dordain.

Any person may nominate a candidate for the award, with the exception that individuals may not nominate themselves. 


The nomination criteria must meet at least two of the following measures:

Significantly advanced the state-of-the-art of space technology

Significantly advanced humankind’s understanding of space or space technology

Significantly contributed to public understanding of, or support for, space endeavors

Significantly and positively shaped governmental policy toward space

Effectively interpreted, through visual or other communicative arts, the majesty and importance of space

Effectively provided – by management, advocacy or design – significant, enduring or crucial space systems or infrastructure

Effectively employed space technologies, research systems, or space-derived data to improve the human condition through the artistic, scientific or humanistic endeavor

Exemplification of Mission Criteria 

The mission of the Space Foundation is “To advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Nominees must exemplify the Space Foundation mission by meeting at least three of the following criteria:

Has written or published papers, textbooks, articles, etc., relating to the exploration, development or utilization of space, or has spoken in public forums such as conferences and symposia

Has been active in promoting and disseminating information about space exploration, development or utilization through any medium

Has been active with non-space-related groups — whether professional, fraternal, industrial, academic or community based — resulting in a transfer of space knowledge to other professions or groups

Has been active in community or public service not related to normal job responsibilities

Has volunteered or otherwise contributed significant or extended effort on behalf of the Space Foundation and its mission

To Submit a Nomination 

Submit a nomination in the form of a letter, not to exceed two pages, by Sept. 30, 2015, addressed to:  

Elliot Pulham, Chief Executive Officer
Space Foundation
4425 Arrowswest Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907

Upon ratification by the Space Foundation Board of Directors, the honoree will be notified immediately in writing. Questions may be directed to Space Foundation Vice President – Operations & Human Resources, Kathleen Vinson, at

About the Space Foundation

Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston and conducts government affairs from its Washington, D.C., office. It annually publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit, follow us on FacebookInstagramLinkedInPinterestTwitterGoogle+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.