American Astronautical Society
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (October 2009)|
|Formation||January 22, 1954|
Formed in 1954, the American Astronautical Society (AAS) is an independent scientific and technical group in the United States dedicated to the advancement of space science and exploration. AAS supports NASA's Vision for Space Exploration and is a member of the Coalition for Space Exploration and the Space Exploration Alliance. The AAS also focuses on strengthening the global space program through cooperation with international space organizations.
AAS members include: engineers, scientists, administrators, institutions and corporations working in support of the nation's space activities, as well as military space specialists, physicians, lawyers, educators, historians, journalists, artists and other professionals.
The AAS runs national meetings, symposia and publications. Members meet with leaders in their field and in related disciplines, exchange information and ideas, discuss career aspirations and expand their horizons.
The AAS sponsors professional, scientific and engineering meetings and maintains a publications program.
The American Astronautical Society established the AAS awards to recognize outstanding contributions in space flight and space exploration; flight testing; space science and technology; commercial utilization of space technology; space flight safety; space flight mechanics and astrodynamics; extravehicular protection in space; public leadership in promoting the Nation's space programs and policies; development of space systems for National defense; and to recognize books that further public understanding of the impact of astronautics upon society.
The awards are listed in the order in which they were established by the society:
- Space Flight Award
- Melbourne W. Boynton Award
- Flight Achievement Award
- Victor A. Prather Award
- William Randolph Lovelace II Award
- Lloyd V. Berkner Award
- Dirk Brouwer Award
- John F. Kennedy Astronautics Award
- Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award
- Military Astronautics Award
- Industrial Leadership Award
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Carl Sagan Memorial Award
- Advancement of International Cooperation Award
- American Astronautical Society Official website