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Nominees shortlisted for Sir Arthur Clarke Awards

14 Jun 2011


The Space Education Trust (SET), British Interplanetary Society (BIS) and UK Space Agency are pleased to announce the shortlisted nominees for the 2011 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards (the Arthurs).


The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards recognize notable contributions to the UK space sector, and the winners will be announced at this year’s UK Space Conference on 4-5 July 2011. Each of the Arthurs will be given either to an individual or to groups/organisations that have contributed to, originated in or have strong links to the United Kingdom, or have benefited the national space sector in some capacity.

The award categories are:

1) Achievement in Space Education and Outreach
This award is made for achievement in space education and outreach. This includes: formal education at all levels, informal education, education about space, education for the space community (e.g. workforce development), education using space assets/resources, and outreach to the general public or specific target groups. The judging of this award is carried out by the Space Education Trust.

2) Achievement in Space Research
This award is made for achievement in space research. This includes research carried out in any subject related to space whether in science, engineering, medicine, humanities, art or design.

3) Achievement in Space Commerce
This award is made for achievement in space commerce. This includes any activity in any are related to space pursued for commercial reasons.

4) Achievement in Space Media
This award is made for achievement in space media. This includes any media related to space such as journalism, documentary, drama or other entertainment, scholarly record in any of the following forms: written, filmed, broadcast, web/internet-based or staged.

5) Space Student Achievement
This award is made for achievement by an undergraduate or postgraduate student(s) of no more than 28 years of age on 12 April 2011 for any space-related activity.

6) International Space Achievement
This award is made for achievement which either features or furthers a significant international aspect in an area of space activity. The judging of this award is carried out by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.

7) Exceptional Space Achievement
This award is made for exceptional achievement in an area of space activity. Examples of this might include lifetime achievement, breakthroughs in space science/technology, space undertakings of global impact/significance, etc.

The awards are owned by the Space Education Trust and sponsored this year by the UK Space Agency. The British Interplanetary Society (BIS) are administering the judging process on behalf of the SET and Agency.

Shortlisted Nominees are:

Achievement in Space Education and Outreach

  • UK Space Biomedical Association (UKSBA)
    UKSBA is run by volunteers for the creation of educational, research and career opportunities for UK students and professionals interested in the disciplines related to space life and medical sciences
  • The Bradford Robotic Telescope Team
    This team provide for all children the wonder of space and the dark night sky and educate teachers about space and supporting observation led projects to understand the Universe around us.
  • Unlimited Theatre for ‘Mission to Mars’
    ‘Mission to Mars’ is a play written for 7-11 year olds, intended to inspire them about science, space and the solar system.

Achievement in Space Research

  • Dr Lloyd Wood, Research Fellow, Centre for Communication Systems Research at the University of Surrey
    Lloyd Wood, in collaboration with colleagues at SSTL, NASA Glenn Research Center and Cisco Systems, is instrumental in new developments in computer networking for space.
  • University of Strathclyde Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory
    The Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory undertakes frontier research on visionary space systems.
  • LHR – the Laser Heterodyne Radiometer - Lead: STFC RAL Dr Damian Wiedmann. Partner: QinetiQ, Prof Mike Jenkins, and Dr Brian Perrett.
    This team have developed a breadboard Laser Heterodyne Radiometer (LHR) – a novel and alternative technique for air quality applications.

Achievement in Space Commerce 

  • SSBV Space and Ground Systems
    In three years, SSBV Space and Ground Systems has become one of the most significant and fastest growing space companies in the UK, delivering 99 reaction wheel units and placing it second in the European market and probably third in the world for these products.
  • AMPAC ISP UK Westcott Ltd
    The UK-based company designs, develops and manufactures high performance valves, pressure regulators, propulsion systems, and precision structures for space applications. One of the apogee engines built at Westcott was chosen as the engine for the Mercury Messenger mission to perform the important Mercury Orbit insertion.
  • Clyde Space
    In the last five years, Clyde Space has become established as a leading supplier of small and micro spacecraft systems, has around a 40% global market share for CubeSat power systems and is a leading CubeSat vendor.

Achievement in Space Media 

  • Stephen Slater
    Producer and Director of the film ‘Destination Titan’ which features the story about the UK team responsible for the Surface Science Package on the Huygens Titan Lander.
  • Clive Horwood, Chief Executive of Praxis Publishing Ltd
    For the past 20+ years Praxis has provided a publishing outlet for British and international authors on scientific and especially space subjects.
  • Ben Gilliland (MetroCosm and CosmOnline)
    Ben is one of the most influential space communicators in the business - reaching over 6 million readers with each article he writes.

Space Student Achievement

  • Chris Brunskill
    Chris is a PhD student at the University of Surrey. In 2009 he led the bid for Surrey to host the annual UKSEDs student space conference and then later organised the event. He did the same for the 2011 UKSEDS conference in Manchester.
  • Charlotte Lucking
    Charlotte is a PhD student at Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory, University of Strathclyde. She has delivered notable achievements in a short period of time, including the development of a novel method for orbit control of microspacecraft which is both elegant and practical.
  • Willem van der Weg, Massimo Vetrisano, Federico Zuiani - SpaceART, Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
    This team form the core of the Mission Analysis and Flight Dynamics Team of the European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) mission.
  • Alison Gibbings, SpaceART, Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory, University of Strathclyde. Alison has supported the development of planetary missions such as MarsNEXT and MoonNEXT – in the preparations for the future scientific and human exploration of planetary bodies.

International Space Achievement 

  • David Thompson
    David left NASA in 1982 to found the Orbital Sciences Corporation which now has more than a billion dollars in annual sales by providing lower cost launch services, mid-sized communications and other applications satellites and also spacecraft for military and strategic missions
  • Jean Yves Le-Gal
    Jean-Yves Le Gal is CEO of Arianespace and has achieved 43 consecutive successful launches of the Ariane 5 rocket.
  • Space-X Space-X launched the Falcon 9 and successfully launched and recovered the Dragon capsule.
  • Secure World Foundation
    The Secure World Foundation (SWF) was established in 2002 to promote secure, sustainable and peaceful uses of outer space in order to contribute to global stability on Earth.

Exceptional Space Achievement 

  • Prof David Southwood, latterly Director of Science and Robotic Exploration at the European Space Agency.
    David was instrumental in creating the current form of ESA's Earth observation programme.
  • Professor Ian Robinson, recently retired as Professor of Satellite Oceanography, National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton.
    Ian has made many significant contributions over his career to the development of satellite oceanography in the UK and Europe.
  • Dr Constantinos Stavrinidis
    Dr Stavrinidis has dedicated a large part of his working life to pushing forward space technology and contributed enormously to learned societies and associations.

Visit the UK Space Conference 2011 website for more information.

For more information on the Sir Arthur Clarke Awards please visit our website or the Space Education Trust.

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