Nomination Period Opens For 2018 General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award

June 27, 2017 – 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 October 2, 2017, and the award will be presented at a special luncheon, co-sponsored by Boeing, on April 18, 2018, during the Space Foundation’s 34th Space Symposium at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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

The 2017 award was presented to Piers J. Sellers, OBE, Ph.D. (1955-2016). Dr. Sellers was a British-born former NASA astronaut and climate scientist who became an American citizen in 1991 to pursue his dream of going to space.


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 October 2, 2017, addressed to:

    Kathleen Vinson, Vice President – Operations
    Space Foundation
    4425 Arrowswest Drive
    Colorado Springs, CO 80907

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