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The International Academy of Astronautics has created in 2001 a special Award to recognize extraordinary performance and achievement by a team of scientists, engineers and managers in the field of Astronautics.

                                                                      2013 -   Chandrayaan-1 Mission
                                                                      2012 -   MESSENGER Team

                                                                      2011 -  
Hayabusa Asteroid Sample Return Mission Team
                                                                      2010 -   Double Star and Cluster Team
                                                                      2009 -   Sea Launch Space Rocket System
                                                                      2008 -   International Team PSLV Cartosat
                                                                      2007 -   Spirit and Opportunity Missions Team 
                                                                      2006 -   Cassini - Huygens Program Team
                                                                      2005 -   VLBI Space Observatory Program Team
                                                                      2004 -   Hubble Space Telescope Team
                                                                      2003 -   SOHO Team
                                                                      2002 -   US Space Shuttle Team
                                                                      2001 -   Russian Mir Space Station Team 




The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2013 to

Chandrayaan-1 Mission

The 2013 Laurels for Team Achievement recognizing extraordinary performance and achievement by a team of scientists, engineer s and managers in the field of Astronautics, are given to the team of engineers and managers, whose talent, skills and dedication made possible the Chandrayaan-1 Mission.

The citation reads as follow:
The 2013 Laurels for Team Achievements is given to the team of scientists, engineers and managers whose talent, skills and dedication made possible to achieve the Chandrayaan-1 mission of the Indian Space Research Organization to the Moon, with unique combination of international and Indian scientific experiments comprising of five Indian payloads, two Indo-European collaborative payloads, and four international payloads from t he European Space Agency, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, successfully resulting in significant scientific findings including discovery of water molecules on the lunar surface.

The Laurels for Team Achievement are presented to: Technology Team Leaders V. Adimurthy, S. Ramakrishnan, M. Annadurai, MY S Prasad, S K Shivakumar, J A Kamalakar Science Team Leaders J N Goswami, P Sree lrumar, R Sridharan, A S Kiran Kumar, Carle Pi eters, Stas Barabash, Paul Spudis, Manuel Grande, Urs Mall, T. Dachev


The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2012 to


The MESSENGER Team


The 2012 Laurels for Team Achievement recognizing extraordinary performance and achievement by a team of scientists, engineers and managers in the field of Astronautics, are given to the team of engineers and managers, whose talent, skills and dedication made possible the MESSENGER Mission.

The citation reads as follow: 
The 2012 Laurels for Team Achievements is given to the team of scientists and engineers whose creativity and expertise made possible the development and operation of the MESSENGER Mission, the first to orbit Mercury, as a breakthrough in scientific solar system exploration. During its unprecedented one-year primary mission, this robotic explorer has provided an extraordinary, comprehensive scientific overview of the planet, its makeup, its exosphere and its magnetosphere, providing the text for a new and overdue chapter of humankind's knowledge of the smallest of the terrestrial planets. This unique achievement of technology was conducted by the JHU APL and accomplished with the collaboration of NASA, namely:

Team: S. C. Solomon (PI), M. H. Acuña (†), B. J. Anderson, D. Baker, W. Boynton, C. Chapman, A.Cheng, D. Domingue, W. Feldman, G. Gloeckler, R. Gold, J. Head III, S. Krimigis, W. McClintock, R. McNutt Jr., S. Murchie, S. Peale, R Phillips, L. Prockter, M. Robinson, J. Slavin, D. Smith, R. Strom, J. Trombka, M. Zuber, T. Zurbuchen
Management Team: P. Bedini, D. Grant, M. Peterson, E. Finnegan, S. Jaskulek, M. Holdridge, J. McAdams, W. Huntress
Instrument and Spacecraft Engineering Support Team: G. B. Andrews, O. Barnouin, R. Bokulic, J. Cavanaugh, C. DeBoy, C. Ercol, J. Goldsten, T. Hartka, E. Hawkins III, A. Hill, G. Ho, H. Korth, M. Lankton, D. Lohr, R. Moore, L. Mosher (†), G. Neumann, J. Raines, E. Rhodes, C. Schlemm II, R. Stillwell, R. Vaughan, S. Wiley



 
The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2011 to

The Hayabusa Asteroid Sample Return Mission Team



The 2011 Laurels for Team Achievement recognizing extraordinary performance and achievement by a team of scientists, engineers and managers in the field of Astronautics, are given to the team of engineers and managers, whose talent, skills and dedication made possible Hayabusa.

The citation reads as follow: 
To the team of scientists and engineers whose creativity and expertise made possible the development and operation of the Hayabusa Asteroid Sample Return Mission as a breakthrough in scientific solar system exploration. This unique achievement of technology and international cooperation was conducted by ISAS/JAXA and accomplished with the collaboration of NASA, USA and Australia officials, namely:
Japan: Junichiro Kawaguchi, Hitoshi Kuninaka, Akira Fujiwara, Makoto Yoshikawa, Kazuo Tsuchiya, Shinichi Hagino,
USA: Donald K. Yeomans, Michael E. Zolensky, Scott A. Sandford
Australia: Trevor R. Ireland


The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2010 to

The Double Star and Cluster Team

To the team of engineers and managers, whose talent, skills and dedication made possible the Double Star and Cluster Team. Representing both the first Chinese space science mission and the first Sino-European space program cooperation, the team of scientists, engineers and managers of the Double Star and Cluster missions have made the extraordinary achievement of the first ever coordinated six-point multiple-satellite measurements, which have advanced our understanding of the dynamic properties of the Earth’s magnetosphere, in both macro and micro scales.

China: Zhenxing Liu, Ji Wu, Yongwei Zhang, Shigeng Yuan, Qiang Liu, Kaixiang Zeng, Yansong Xu, Hongliang Xu, Zuyin Pu, Jiankui Shi, Jinbin Cao, Chao Shen, Li Lu, Shoulun Dai, Jinrong Cai, Fengyu Liao, Fengmei Bian, Guangwu Zhu, Xiaomin Chen, Xin Meng, Xuzhi Li
Europe: C. Philippe Escoubet, Bodo Gramkow, Karl Bergquist, Henri Reme, Susan McKenna-Lawlor, Andrew Fazakerley, Christopher Carr, Tielong Zhang, Nicole Cornilleau-Wehrlin, Hugo Alleyne, Klaus Torkar, Trevor Dimbylow, Roland Nord, Stephane Osipenco, Gunter Laky, Eric Soerensen



The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2009 to

The Sea Launch Space Rocket System


To the team of engineers and managers whose creativity and skill made it possible to develop and operate the Sea Launch space rocket system as a unique achievement of technology and international cooperation by some the world largest aerospace companies.

The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2009 is given to the Sea Launch Space Rocket System Team of distinguished experts, namely: USA: James Maser, Bohdan Bejmuk, Аllen Ashby, Boeing Company,
Ukraine: Stanislav Konyukhov, Alexander Degtyarev, Vladimir Goudim, Yuzhnoye State Design Office, Yuriy Alexeev, Alexander Naumenko, Viktor Denisov, Yuzhny State Enterprise Production Association, Vladimir Gorbulin, founder of National Space Agency of Ukraine,
Russia: Yuriy Semenov, Viktor Legostaev, Valeriy Aliev, Vyacheslav Filin, RSC Energia, Yuriy Koptev, Federal Space Agency of Russia,
Norway: Per Herbert Christensen, Jan Bakke, Kjell Karlsen, Company Aker ASA (Kvaerner).

 

The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2008 to

The International Team PSLV Cartosat

The 2008 Laurels for Team Achievement to recognize extraordinary performance and achievement by a team of scientists, engineers and managers in the field of Astronautics, are the team of engineers and managers, whose talent, skills and dedication made it possible to successfully complete realization and launch of India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the Indian Remote Sensing Satellite Cartosat-2, deployment and recovery of the Space capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE) and two satellites from international customers, the Indonesian satellite Lapan-Tubsat and Argentina’s nano-satellite Pehuensat-1 in a single mission.

The Laurels are given on behalf of thousand of scientists, engineers and others who contributed in the critical technology areas such as development of launch vehicle, high resolution imaging satellite and promoting international cooperation:
N. Narayana Moorthy Mission Director, George Koshy, Launch Vehicle, V. Ganesan, Liquid Propulsion, M. Krishnaswamy, Cartosat-2, A. S. Kiran Kumar, Imaging Systems, N. K. Malik, S/C Mission & Control, A. Subramonian, Satellite Recovery Experiment, N. C. Bhat, SRE Mission Reentry, S. K. Shivakumar, Tracking, Telemetry & Command, V. Krishnamurthy, SRE Recovery, M. R. Ajith, Thermal Protection System, P. S. Sastry, Program & International Cooperation.


The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2007 to

Spirit and Opportunity Missions Team



From their spectacular launches to their breakthrough science return, Spirit, Opportunity, and their precursor Sojourner, are the most successful robotic explorers of the surface of Mars. They have continually captured the public imagination and provided the scientific community with tools of unprecedented capability that have greatly increased our knowledge of surface geology and past environments that might have fostered life. The missions were made possible by the team of scientists, engineers, managers, and support staff from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who have dedicated their careers to robotic exploration.

The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2007 is given to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Team of distinguished experts, namely:

Mark Adler, Deputy Mission System Manager, Deputy Project Manager (extended mission), John L. Callas, Science Manager; Project Manager (current), Richard A. Cook, Flight System Manager; Project Manager (prime mission), Joy A. Crisp, Project Scientist, James K. Erickson, Mission System Manager; Project Manager (extended mission), Robert M. Manning, Flight System Engineer, Jacob R. Matijevic, System Engineering;  Engineering Team Chief (extended mission), Steven W. Squyres, Principal Investigator, Peter C. Theisinger, Project Manager (pre-launch & prime mission), Jennifer H. Trosper, Project System Engineer.


The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2006 to

Cassini - Huygens Program Team

From its spectacular launch to its breakthrough science return Cassini-Huygens has continually captured the public imagination and provided the scientific community with a tool of unprecedented discovery. The epochal landing of the Huygens probe on the surface of Titan and the continuous sustaining discoveries of Cassini of the Saturn planetary system with its rings and moons will go into history as one of the milestones in the exploration of our solar system. This is made possible by the team of scientists, engineers, managers, and support staff from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the European Space Agency who have dedicated their careers to this purpose.

The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2006 is given to the Cassini - Huygens Program Team of distinguished experts, namely:

Enrico Flamini, Daniel Gautier, Hamid Hassan, Gérard Huttin, Wing H. Ip, Jean-Pierre Lebreton, Dennis Matson, Robert T. Mitchell, Toby Owen, Richard J. Spehalski.
 

The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2005 to

The VLBI Space Observatory Program Team

The technique of Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) has enabled the longest astronomical wavelengths to be used to produce the highest angular resolution images.  The VLBI Space Observatory Program (VSOP) realized the long-held dream of radio astronomers of extending those baselines into space by observing celestial radio sources with the HALCA satellite, supported by a dedicated network of tracking stations and arrays of ground radio telescopes from around the world. Representing the entire VSOP Team are the astronomers and engineers who made key contributions to realizing and operating a radio telescope bigger than the Earth.

The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2005 is given to the Very Long Baseline Interferometry Space Observatory Program Team of distinguished experts, namely: Haruto Hirosawa, ISAS, Hisashi Hirabayashi, ISAS, Yasuhiro Murata, ISAS, Makoto Inoue, NAO, Hideyuki Kobayashi, NAO, Noriyuki Kawaguchi, NAO, Joel Smith, JPL, Robert Preston, JPL, Jon Romney, NRAO, Edward Fomalont, NRAO, Peter Dewdney, DRAO, Leonid Gurvits, VLBI, David Jauncey, CSIRO, Takeshi Orii, NEC TOSHIBA, Kazuo Miyoshi, MELCO.

The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2004 to
The Hubble Space Telescope Team

From its spectacular launch and dramatic repair and upgrades to its regular revelations about our Universe, Hubble has captured the public imagination and provided the scientific community with a tool of unprecedented discovery. It has served as a source of inspiration to people around the world. This is made possible by the team of scientists, engineers, managers, and support staff from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the European Space Agency and the Space Telescope Science Institute who have dedicated their careers to this purpose.

The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2004 is given to the Hubble Space Telescope outstanding team of distinguished experts, namely:

John Bahcall, Preston Burch, John Campbell, Frank Cepollina, Hugh Dougherty, Rodger Doxsey, Holland Ford, Riccardo Giacconi, John Grunsfeld, Keith Kalinowski, Duccio Macchetto, Story Musgrave, Robin Laurance, David Leckrone, Robert O'Dell, James Odom, Jean Olivier, Adam Riess, Joseph Rothenberg, Ronald Sheffield, Larry Simmons, Lyman Spitzer, John Trauger, Edward Weiler, Bruce Woodgate. 
 

The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2003 to 

The SOHO Team

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory Team was selected to receive the third Laurels for Team Achievement Award.
To the team of scientists, engineers and managers whose talents, skills and dedication made possible the development and operation of the world class SOHO mission leading to substantial advancements in understanding the Sun and the solar-terrestrial relationship:

Science
Prof. Roger-Maurice Bonnet, Director of Science, ESA, Dr. Paal Brekke, SOHO Deputy Project Scientist, ESA,  Dr. Vicente Domingo, SOHO Project Scientist, ESA, Dr. Bernhard Fleck, SOHO Project Scientist, ESA, Dr. Joseph B. Gurman, SOHO Project Scientist, NASA,  Prof. Martin C.E. Huber, Head of the Space Science Department, ESA, Dr. J. David Bohlin, SOHO Program Scientist, NASA,  Dr. Arthur I. Poland, SOHO Project Scientist, NASA

Spacecraft Engineering
Michel Bouffard, SOHO Project Manager, Astrium Toulouse, Fabrizio Felici, SOHO Project Manager, ESA, Rob Harris, AOCS Engineer, BAE Bristol, Michel Janvier, AOCS Engineer, Astrium Toulouse, Ken Sizemore, SOHO Project Manager, NASA, Francis Vandenbussche, SOHO Spacecraft Manager and Head of Recovery Team, ESA

Ground Segment
Harold W. Benefield, Head of the Flight Operations Team, Honeywell, Dr. Luis Sanchez, SOHO Science Data Coordinator, ESA,  Dr. Chris St. Cyr, Ground Segment Lead Scientist, NASA, William D. Worrall, Ground Segment Manager, NASA

  

The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2002 to 

The US Space Shuttle Team

The citation of the Laurels for Team Achievement Award reads:
To the team of engineers and managers, whose talent, skills and dedication made it possible to successfully complete the design and development of the Space Shuttle, a piloted reusable launch vehicle and spacecraft which has the capability to deploy and retrieve payloads in Earth orbit, and to successfully operate it for over twenty years. The Space Shuttle Team consists of thousands of engineers, scientists, technicians, support personnel, operators and crewmembers.

On behalf of the entire Space Shuttle Team are highlighted those who contributed most to its early development, particularly in the key critical technology areas of propulsion, thermal protection and avionics, and those who are responsible for its current operations:

NASA Developers
Arnold D. Aldrich, Aaron Cohen, Robert L. Crippen, Maxime Faget, Christopher C. Kraft, Robert E. Lindstrom, George F. Page, J.R. Thompson, Robert F. Thompson, John Yardley, John W. Young

Industry Developers
Richard M. Davis, Edward G. Dorsey, George Jeffs, John B. Peller, Dominick Sanchini, Ed Smith,

Current Operators
Dennis R. Deel, Ron Dittemore, Howard DeCastro, Frederick D. Gregory, Steven S. Oswald, Gerald W. Smith, William F. Readdy, Russ Turner, Byron K.Wood

 

The Laurels for Team Achievement Award 2001 to

The Russian Mir Space Station Team


The citation of the Laurels for Team Achievement Award reads:
To the team of scientists, engineers and managers, whose efforts, talent and skills made it possible to perform and successfully complete the first unique historical 15-year long flight of the Mir Space Station.

In this multi-year and multi-level activity the main roles were played by an outstanding team of Russian distinguished experts, namely:

Yu P. Semenov (RSC Energia), A.I. Kiselev (Khrunitchev Company), A.F. Strekalov (RSC Energia), N.I. Zelenschikov (RSC Energia), A.I. Grigoriev (SRC IBMP RAS), G.I. Severin (Zvezda Corporation), P.I. Klimuk (Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center), V.A. Solovyov (RSC Energia), and L.A. Gorshkov (RSC Energia).

 
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