Space Foundation, a 501(c)(3) global space advocate for nearly 40 years, today announced that it is now accepting nominations for its highest honor, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award.


Awarded in honor of Space Foundation’s late, longtime chairman, Gen. James E. Hill, USAF (Ret.), the accolade recognizes outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through lifetime contributions of 20 years or more 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 between March 1 and April 30, 2021, via standard mail or email. Any person may nominate a candidate for the award, with the exception that individuals may not nominate themselves. Nominees and their contributions must be judged to be of the highest caliber and of national or international significance by the Board of Directors of Space Foundation. The award will be presented in August 2021, at Space Foundation’s 36th Space Symposium at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Recent recipients have included:

2020    Eugene F. “Gene” Kranz, former NASA Flight Director

2019    Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, USAF (Ret.).

2018    Christopher C. Kraft, Jr., former NASA Flight Director

2017    Piers J. Sellers, OBE, Ph.D.

2016    VADM Richard H. Truly, USN (Ret.)


Nomination Criteria for the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award


Nominees must meet at least two of the following measures, in that they have:

  • 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


Space Foundation’s mission is to be the preeminent advocate and gateway for lifelong education, trusted information, and seamless collaboration for all people and organizations engaging in space exploration and space-inspired industries that drive the global space ecosystem. Nominees must exemplify Space Foundation’s mission by meeting at least three of the following criteria:


  • Having written or published papers, textbooks, articles, etc., relating to the exploration, development or ut
    ilization of space, or has spoken in public forums such as conferences and symposia
  • Having been active in promoting and disseminating information about space exploration, development or utilization through any medium
  • Having 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
  • Having been active in community or public service not related to normal job responsibilities
  • Having volunteered or otherwise contributed significant or extended effort on behalf of Space Foundation and its mission


Submit a nomination in the form of a letter by standard mail or via email, not to exceed two pages in length, and addressed to:


Rich Cooper

Vice President – Strategic Communications & Outreach

Space Foundation Washington, D.C., Office

1700 North Moore Street

Ste. 1105

Arlington, VA 22209


Upon ratification by Space Foundation’s Board of Directors, the honoree will be notified immediately in writing. Questions may be directed to



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Space Foundation

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