Press Release

Congressman David Hobson and Orbital Sciences Corporation’s David Thompson Receive AIAA Awards

By SpaceRef Editor
May 15, 2007
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May 15, 2007 – Washington, D.C. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) presents its highest awards tonight at the Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Two newly announced award recipients are Congressman David L. Hobson (R-OH), receiving the AIAA Public Service Award, and David W. Thompson, chairman and CEO, Orbital Sciences Corporation, receiving the Barry M. Goldwater Educator Award.

Congressman Hobson received his award for outstanding contribution and service to the aerospace industry and community. The award is presented to honor a person outside the aerospace community who has shown consistent and visible support for national aviation and space goals.

The Barry M. Goldwater Educator Award is presented by the AIAA National Capital Section to an individual of national stature who has supported the advancement of science and technology in commerce and education at all levels. Thompson received the award for accomplishments as a space entrepreneur and pioneer of smaller size space systems that have made space applications more beneficial and accessible to people and organizations around the world.

The evening’s other award recipients, including the prestigious AIAA Reed and Goddard Award winners, were previously announced, along with the 2007 Honorary Fellows and Fellows. Please go to to see the press release.

AIAA advances the state of aerospace science, engineering, and technological leadership. Headquartered in suburban Washington, D.C., the Institute serves over 35,000 members in 65 regional sections and 79 countries. AIAA membership is drawn from all levels of industry, academia, private research organizations, and government. For more information, visit

SpaceRef staff editor.