Award Recipients Archive

2009 Space Frontier Award

The Space Frontier Foundation gives annual awards to people, companies and institutions who have made, in the Foundation’s view, the greatest contributions that year to opening the frontier.

Categories include Service to the Frontier, Vision to Reality, Vision of the Future, Best Presentation of Space, NewSpace Journalism, and Pioneer of NewSpace. A special award, The Founder’s Award, is given each year to honor a space activist for overall and long-term achievement.

The award, pictured at right, is a polished marble obelisk emerging from rough rock. On the face of the obelisk is the Foundation’s logo, the category of the award, and the recipient’s name and affiliation. The awards are presented at the Foundation’s annual conference each year, during the awards banquet.

2013

PIONEER OF NEWSPACE - Rene Anselmo, former CEO & Founder of PanAmSat, a private satellite service provider who broke the barrier on international satellite communications.

NEWSPACE JOURNALISM - Michael Belfiore, contributing author for Popular Mechanics magazine, for his excellent multi-year coverage of the developing NewSpace industry.

SERVICE TO THE FRONTIER - James Tumber & Bill Boland, for their volunteer dedication towards the Space Frontier Foundation.

2012

VISION TO REALITY - NASA Kepler Program, for their NewSpace-style mission of initially setting out to find “dozens” of exo-planets, and instead finding over a thousand, all while staying highly effective, with a budget that can be considered tiny by space standards.

PIONEER OF NEWSPACE - Bob Citron, for his entrepreneurial legacy of SpaceHab Inc., Kistler Aerospace Corp., and Lunar Transportation Systems Inc. (among others).

BEST PRESENTATION OF SPACE - TEDx, for getting the word NewSpace out, and spreading it to a large, un-tapped audience.

NEWSPACE JOURNALISM - Carol Pinchefsky, for her strong support—and more often defense—of NewSpace in her Forbes.com articles.

SERVICE TO THE FRONTIER - Bruce Pittman, for his undying support of commercial space, and for being the lynchpin for our continuous, highly-successful partnership with NASA.

2011

VISION TO REALITY – NanoRacks, LLC, for outstanding achievement in the development and operation of a device, system, or entity that forwards the opening of the Space Frontier.

VISION OF THE FUTURE – Live Free or Die (Troy Rising) – for outstanding achievement in presenting the possibilities of the Space Frontier to the general public.

Author John Ringo accepts the 2011 “Vision of the Future” Award

BEST PRESENTATION OF SPACE – Yuri’s Night, for outstanding achievement in highlighting past and present events in space exploration and development.

NEWSPACE JOURNALISM – Rand Simberg, for outstanding achievement in journalism spotlighting NewSpace.

SERVICE TO THE FRONTIER – Kyle Schember and Ryan Stuit, for outstanding achievement in volunteer service to the Space Frontier Foundation.

2010

VISION TO REALITY – Masten Space Systems, for winning the Lunar Lander Challenge

VISION OF THE FUTURE – “Moon” by Duncan Jones

BEST PRESENTATION OF SPACE – Spacevidcast.com, by Ben & Cariann Higginbotham

NEWSPACE JOURNALISM – Miles O’Brien, for “This Week In Space”

PIONEER OF NEWSPACE – Art Dula

Gwynne Shotwell accepts 2009 Vision to Reality award on behalf of SpaceX.

2009

VISION TO REALITY – SpaceX, for Falcon 1 Launch

PIONEER OF NEWSPACE – Dr. Pete Worden, for NASA and NewSpace collaboration

VISION OF THE FUTURE – Star Trek

BEST PRESENTATION OF SPACE - “The Universe”, Sex in Space

NEWSPACE JOURNALISM – Dr. Charles Lurio, for The Lurio Report

SERVICE TO THE FRONTIER – Jack Kennedy, for Virginia NewSpace legislation

Rod Roddenberry accepts 2009 Vision of the Future award on behalf of Star Trek.

FOUNDERS’ AWARD – Lori Barth, for 25 years of service to the Space Frontier

2008

VISION TO REALITY – NASTAR Center

BEST PRESENTATION OF SPACE – Orphans of Apollo

NEWSPACE JOURNALISM – Dr. David M. Livingston, for The Space Show

SERVICE TO THE FRONTIER – Vanna Bonta, for The Cosmos Review

VISION TO REALITY – Anousheh Ansari

VISION TO REALITY – Robert Bigelow

PIONEER OF NEWSPACE – David Hannah

Anousheh Ansari receives Vision to Reality Award, presented by then-Executive Director, Jeff Krukin

2007

BEST PRESENTATION OF SPACE – Clark S. Lindsey, for HobbySpace.com

NEWSPACE JOURNALISM – Jeff Foust

SERVICE TO THE FRONTIER – Rich Pournelle

FOUNDERS’ AWARD – Gary C. Hudson

2006

VISION TO REALITY – Space Adventures

VISION OF THE FUTURE AWARD – Joss Whedon, for Serenity/Firefly

SERVICE TO THE FRONTIER – Robin Snelson

PIONEER OF NEWSPACE – Courtney Stadd

SPACE JOURNALISM – Alan Boyle (MSNBC)

FOUNDERS’ AWARD – Walt Anderson

2005

VISION TO REALITY – The Deep Impact Mission

VISION OF THE FUTURE AWARD – “Fantastic Four”, for its depiction of a commercial space station

SERVICE TO THE FRONTIER – Michael K. Heney

BEST PRESENTATION OF SPACE – Mark Cowen, Tom Hanks and IMAX Corporation, for “Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D”

BEST PRESENTATION OF SPACE – Paul Allen and The Discovery Channel, in association with Gemini Productions and Antenna Films, for “Black Sky: The Race for Space”

FOUNDERS’ AWARD – David Gump

2004

VISION TO REALITY – Scaled Composites, for flying the first private human-piloted spaceship into space

SERVICE TO THE FRONTIER – Robert Noteboom, for Outstanding Service To The Cause of Opening the Frontier

FOUNDERS’ AWARD – The X-Prize Foundation

2003

VISION TO REALITY – Dr. Pascal Lee and the NASA Haughton-Mars Project Team

VISION OF THE FUTURE AWARD – Tim McElyea, For “A Vision of the Future of Space Transportation”

SERVICE TO THE FRONTIER – Erin Medlicott, For Outstanding Service To The Cause of Opening the Frontier

2002

VISION TO REALITY – XCOR Aerospace and the EZ-Rocket Team

BEST PRESENTATION OF SPACE – Apogee Books, For their NASA Mission Report Books as well as other Titles Documenting the Opening of the Frontier

SERVICE TO THE REVOLUTION AWARD – Rick N. Tumlinson, For 14 years as President of the Space Frontier Foundation

SERVICE TO THE FRONTIER – Brook E. Mantia, For Outstanding Service To The Cause of Opening the Frontier

2001

VISION TO REALITY – Dennis Tito, World’s First Citizen Space Explorer

VISION TO REALITY – Yuri Koptev, General Director, Rosaviakosmos, For Leadership in the cause of Citizen Space Exploration

VISION TO REALITY – Dr. Yuri Semenov, RSC Energia, For the Tito / ISSA Mission

VISION OF THE FUTURE – PERMISSION TO DREAM – George Whitesides, Co-Founder, Yuri’s Night

VISION OF THE FUTURE – PERMISSION TO DREAM – Loretta Hidalgo, Co-Founder, Yuri’s Night

SERVICE TO THE FRONTIER – Joseph Gillin, For Outstanding Service To The Cause of Opening the Frontier

FOUNDERS’ AWARD – The Honorable Dana Rohrabacher, For Outstanding Leadership in the Cause of Opening Space

2000

VISION TO REALITY – The MirCorp Team, Yuri Semenov – Alexander Derechin – Chirinjeev Kathuria – Jeff Manber – Valeri Ryumin, For Sending the First Privately Funded Manned Mission to Mir

VISION OF THE FUTURE – Space Channel Canada, For Portraying Space as Accessible to Everyone

SERVICE TO THE FRONTIER – Ed Wright, Advocate, Space Frontier Foundation, For Putting Together the First Space Enterprise Symposium

1999

VISION TO REALITY – The Sea Launch Team

SERVICE TO THE FRONTIER – Dr. Alfred Differ, Advocate, Space Frontier Foundation

PROSPACE ACTIVIST OF THE YEAR – Kerinia Cusick

FOUNDERS’ AWARD – Dr. Gerard K. O’Neill, author of The High Frontier

1998

VISION TO REALITY – The Lunar Prospector Team, Dr. Alan Binder – Gregg Maryniak – Space Studies Institute

SERVICE TO THE FRONTIER – Benigno Muniz, Jr., Board Member, Space Frontier Foundation

BEST PRESENTATION OF SPACE – Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon

LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA

COMMITMENT TO THE VISION – Foundation Co-founders: Jim Muncy – Rick Tumlinson – Bob Werb

SPECIAL AWARD (for Pioneering the Space Frontier) – Vladimir Syromiantnikov, senior designer, Viktor Blagov, senior operator, Energia Mir Program, Russia

SERVICE TO HUMANITY – Armageddon – Deep Impact

30TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION – Apollo VII: Astronauts: Wally Schirra – Walter Cunningham – Donn Eisele

PROSPACE ACTIVIST OF THE YEAR – Jeff Krukin

FOUNDERS’ AWARD – Peter Thorpe, Creative Director, Space Frontier Foundation

1997

VISION TO REALITY – Celestis Corporation

VISION OF THE FUTURE – L-5 City in Space, Imax Corporation

FOUNDERS’ AWARD – Tom Rogers

1996

VISION TO REALITY – Spacehab – Chet Lee

VISION OF THE FUTURE – Babylon 5, John C. Flinn III – Suzanne E. Sternlicht – Paul Beigle – Ron Thorton

FOUNDERS’ AWARD – Walt Anderson

1995

VISION TO REALITY – Clementine Lunar Probe Team, Col. Pedro (Pete) Rustan – Col. Pete Worden – Dr. Stewart Nozette – Dr. Eugene Shoemaker

1994

VISION TO REALITY – Delta Clipper (DC-X) Team, Dr. Jerry Pournelle – Dr. Maxwell W. Hunter – Col. Pete Worden, Maj. Jess Sponable – Dr. William A. Gaubatz – Mr. Paul Klevatt, Hon. Dana Rohrabacher – Hon. John Murtha – Hon. Norm Mineta

VISION OF THE FUTURE – The Cast and Crew of Babylon 5 – Mr. J. Michael Straczynski, Creator and Executive Producer

SERVICE TO THE FRONTIER – Mr. Timothy Kyger, Vice-President, Space Frontier Foundation

1993

VISION TO REALITY – Founders of the International Space University, Peter H. Diamandis – Todd B. Hawley – Robert D. Richards