The 2018 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards – Finalists Announced

The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation is pleased to announce the Finalists of the 2018 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards for Space Achievement.

The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards recognise and reward those individuals and teams that have made notable or outstanding achievements in, or contributions to, all space activities in the past year, 2017/18. Better known as ‘The Arthurs’, they have been presented annually since 2005.

Sponsored by a number of organisations, the nine Awards will be presented on Thursday 1 November at the British Interplanetary Society’s Reinventing Space Conference Dinner in the Bill Boeing Room at the Royal Aeronautical Society, 4 Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7BQ. We are also pleased to announce that Dallas Campbell, celebrity TV Presenter and Author of ‘Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet’ has agreed to compere the Award Ceremony.

The British Interplanetary Society, selected once again as the organiser of the awards by the Foundation, invited nominations from the general public and a nominations panel of senior representatives from all areas of the space sector.

All finalists have been invited to the Award Ceremony where the winners will be announced.

The 2018 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards Finalists

1. Space Achievement – Industry/Project Team

  • Open Cosmos (Rafael Jorda Siquier) – For bringing mass customisation to the satellite industry by removing the major space access barriers, technology, time and cost, to offer a one-stop-shop to orbit providing simple and affordable small satellite missions to help solve the world’s biggest challenges.
  • Oxford Space Systems – For Innovation & enthusiasm at its best, growing from start-up to 30 people in four years, with the rapid development and production of new ways of stowing and deploying spacecraft
  • Lockheed Martin UK SpaceFlight Programme Team (Al Simpson, LM with MOOG, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Lena Space, Scisys Orbital Micro Systems and Leicester University) – For creating an innovative, cost-effective and low risk proposal with an international team of sector leaders for the ambitious UK Spaceflight Programme to build a thriving UK launch business.

2. Space Achievement – Industry/Project Individual

  • Robert Hill – For the highly successful championing of the space sector in Northern Ireland which greatly increased its international profile. For identifying what existed, organising and presenting it both nationally and internationally and attracting investment and interest from government and private sources.
  • Magali Vaissière – For exemplifying, as head of ESA’s Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, total commitment to making the European space sector commercially competitive globally.
  • Emily Gravestock – For the launch of the UK Space Agency’s National Health Service competition to mark its 70th anniversary. For understanding their challenges, to drive interest in the space sector and generate national coverage for the competition.


3. Space Achievement – Academic Study/Research

  • Professor Ian Crawford – For supporting the scientific and societal reasons for human spaceflight and lunar exploration, publishing 140 academic papers on a range of topics from the Moon’s geological history and Mars rover trials to astrobiology and the interstellar medium, and for inspiring and mentoring the next generation of scientists.
  • Robert Gurney – For his work as one of the leading researchers in the use of satellite Earth Observation for climate science, for advising the Met Office, NERC and NASA and for his teaching and establishing apprenticeship programmes. He is the author of many books on related space topics.
  • The UK Cassini team – For their massive contribution to the Cassini-Huygens mission which ended in
    spectacular fashion in September 2017 after over 13 years exploring the Saturn system. UK scientists were involved in 6 of the 12 instruments on the Cassini orbiter and 2 of the 6 instruments on the Huygens probe. The science has been spectacular and UK scientists were responsible for many of the revelations.


4a. Space Achievement – Education and Outreach Team

  • The ESERO-UK Space Ambassadors (Jo Richardson and colleagues) – For their inspirational and enthusiastic work with teachers and pupils in hundreds of schools per year across the UK, using space as a context in STEM subjects to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
  • Space Rocks (Alexander Milas & Mark McCaughrean) – For its inaugural outreach event with 1500 visitors at the O2 Indigo in London – it is a celebration of space exploration and the art, science-fiction, music, and culture it inspires. An innovative new endeavour from ESA and its commercial partners, Twin V Ltd, it aims to bring space exploration to the public with a focus on accessibility and diversity to encourage kids to engage with STE(A)M subjects.
  • The Ogden Trust Primary Team – For developing and supporting the biggest structured plan to enhance space education in primary schools by upskilling and inspiring teachers to use space as a context. They have successfully completed a year of Earth &Space outreach activities and have developed a CPD resource for promoting practical science, providing free equipment to over 350 of their primary schools and to over 250 schools beyond their partnerships. They have also promoted the ESERO-UK resources.


4b. Space Achievement – Education and Outreach Individual

  • Vix Southgate – For her dedication and efforts over many years on the behalf of the British Interplanetary Society, her promotion of space through STEM outreach at schools and public events, and for her achievements as World Space Week UK National Coordinator.
  • Dr Suzie Imber – For throwing herself into the role as an ambassador for space since her win on the BBC2 ‘Astronauts – Have you got what it takes?’ series whilst still working on her research at Leicester University in advance of the launch of Bepi Columbo. Her enthusiasm and passion for space has made a huge impact and inspired many young people.
  • David Evans – For bringing the hope of a better tomorrow for Syrian refugees by relentlessly and selflessly supporting Space education in Iraq, Syria and Turkey, supplying schools with teaching aids, involving his colleagues from NASA and CERN to host monthly lessons for students and for teaching simple engineering skills to refugees.


5. Space Achievement – Student

  • Dr Ravi Desai – For his PhD work at UCL-MSSL on negative ions in the solar system, on Titan, Europa and Rhea, by analysing data from MSSL’s Cassini CAPS Electron Spectrometer, and making hybrid simulations. He published 3 papers on this work in 2017-18.
  • Rob Garner – For his work and support for UKSEDS, building partnerships with major space companies, giving many students the opportunity to gain experience. He served on the UKSEDS Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, where he helped turn the organisation around and was instrumental in the development of, and in the organisation of the annual National Student Space Conference.
  • Isaac Mutie – For inspirational determination and achievement. Brought up in a rural community in Kenya, he had to pay his own way through school and walked miles every day to attend classes. He progressed through university and was offered a place on a DARA course which led to him taking an MSc course at Manchester University. His aim is to teach other Kenyan students and provide them with the opportunities he had had to fight so hard for himself.


6. Space Achievement – Media, broadcast and written

  • BBC Horizon for “Goodbye Cassini, Hello Saturn (Steve Crabtree, Toby MacDonald) – For a highly engaging documentary showcasing the story of this fascinating mission and its discoveries. This is a “must watch”, receiving praise not only from those with an active interest in space, but also those who wouldn’t normally engage with space. It is an excellent testimony to the success of the mission and its impact on our understanding of the Solar System.
  • The BBC 2 ‘Astronauts – Do you have what it takes?’ Team (Tom Coveney and Helen Thomas) – For an excellent programme that entertained and educated the general public in the trials and tribulations of astronaut training and selection. The candidates, with such a wide range of interests and expertise, proved interesting. The experts, Cdr Chris Hadfield, Dr Kevin Fong and Dr Iya Whiteley had the combined knowledge and experience to make excellent assessors and they gave good advice to the candidates through their numerous ups and downs. Many of the candidates have gone on to be great Space ambassadors.
  • Mr Keith Haviland and the Production Team behind the Film ‘Mission Control – The Unsung Heroes of Apollo’ – For a superbly crafted British ‘behind the scenes’ feature documentary revealing the skill of those who helped land human beings on the Moon. Made independently and with passion, it tells the story through the people who were actually there. Inspiring and riveting storytelling at its best, it is the most accurate portrayal of our successes, our failures, and our personal experiences. It is THE definitive story of Apollo Mission Control.


7. Lifetime Achievement

  • Richard Peckham – For being a mainstay of the UK space sector, always diplomatic and supportive and the leader of key UK Space initiatives that have strongly benefited the UK Space community. With 30 years in the aerospace sector, ultimately as Director of Strategy & Business Development in Astrium and Airbus Defence and Space, Richard, as Chair of UKspace from 2010 to 2012, was a member of the Space Leadership Council, VP Space for the industry association ADS and a founding director of ISIC which became the Space Applications Catapult. He led the delivery of the Integrated Growth Strategy initiative published in 2010 which led to the formation of the UK Space Agency. In 2017 he stepped back in as chair of UKspace at short notice due to the resignation of the current incumbent. He retired in early 2018 to join a consultancy.
  • Prof. Mazlan Othman- For her many years of service to the space community, particularly as Director of the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and as a member of the London Institute of Space Policy and Law Advisory Board. She was the first Director General of the Malaysian Space Agency and served two terms as the Director of UNOOSA where she strongly focused on international co-operation in space, sustainability of space activities and space debris, use of space-based remote-sensing platforms for sustainable development, co-ordination of space law between countries and the risks posed by near-earth asteroids. She has been an active academic and has taught at many universities around the world. She has a multidisciplinary approach to space and is an outstanding scientist.


8. International Achievement

  • The SpaceX Falcon Team – For the development and successful launch of the Falcon Heavy. They created a great spectacle, generating excitement around the world and demonstrated the next stage in the development of launchers. Falcon Heavy leads the way for a new generation of commercial launch vehicles demonstrating SpaceX’s commitment to widening access to space. It was a great team effort.
  • The Cassini-Huygens Mission Team – For revolutionising our knowledge and understanding of the Saturn system and for the scientific, instrumental, engineering and inter-agency teamwork. The mission, which ended on 15 September 2015, spent over 13 years at Saturn producing a rich science return from hydrothermal vent plumes on Enceladus and liquid methane lakes and hydrocarbon dunes on Titan to hurricane winds and stunning electron aurorae on Saturn itself.
  • Moriba Jah – For giving testimony to Congress on the importance of Space Traffic Control. Now at the University of Texas, he has travelled widely to highlight the need for improved tracking and better space situation awareness as a means of managing the debris population in orbit around the Earth. This has culminated in making the US Congress aware of some of the principal issues, which has led to major political emphasis on this issue at the Space Symposium in Colorado


The Sir Arthur Clarke Award 2018 Categories

1. Space Achievement – Industry/Project Team
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements by a team, in space projects. This includes any activity by a commercial or government organisation that designs, manufactures, supplies or operates space systems, equipment or hardware, or supports and promotes the space industry.

2. Space Achievement – Industry/Project Individual
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements by an individual, in all space activities. This includes any activity by a commercial or government organisation that designs, manufactures, supplies or operates space systems, equipment or hardware, or supports and promotes the space industry.

3. Space Achievement – Academic Study/Research
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements in space research by a team or individual employed by an academic organisation. This includes research carried out in any subject related to space, whether in science, engineering, medicine, humanities, art or design.

4a. Space Achievement – Education and Outreach (Team)
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements in space education and outreach by a team. 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.

4b. Space Achievement – Education and Outreach (Individual)
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements in space education and outreach by an individual. 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.

5. Space Achievement – Student
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements by a school, undergraduate or postgraduate student team or individual, for any space-related activity, from basic research to awards and outreach.

6. Space Achievement – Media, broadcast and written
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements in space media. This includes any media, related to space, such as journalism, documentary, drama or other entertainment or scholarly record in any form, including written, filmed, broadcast, web/internet-based or staged.

7. Lifetime 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.

8. International Space Achievement
This award is made for significant or outstanding achievements which either feature or further an important international aspect in an area of space activity. Final selection and judging of this award is carried out by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.

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