Presentation on theme: "Otto C. Winzen Lifetime Achievement Award"— Presentation transcript:
1 Otto C. Winzen Lifetime Achievement Award AIAA Balloon Systems Technical CommitteeHenry M. Cathey, Jr.AIAA Balloon Systems TC ChairMike SmithAwards Subcommittee Chair
2 AIAA and the Otto C. Winzen Award This award is in memory of Otto C. Winzen, a pioneer of modern day ballooningApproved by the AIAA Board of Directors in 1993The award is presented for outstanding contributions and achievements in the advancement of free flight balloon systems or related technologiesThe AIAA Balloon Systems Technical Committee (TC) is the responsible custodian within the AIAA organization to facilitate the reviews and selection recommendation for this awardThere is no higher award or honor in the advancement of ballooning than the Otto C. Winzen AwardThe award selection process has been rewritten to be in line with the AIAA provided guidelines
3 What is Free Flight Ballooning? Most people think of the Aeronautics and Astronautics in AIAA as aircraft and space systems – balloons “live” in both of these worldsBalloons are the oldest form of flightThe first Historical Site recognized by the AIAA History TC was Annonay, France, where Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier flew the first balloon on June 4, 1783Modern free flight ballooning takes many different forms and serves many different needsLargest balloons are the volume of a football stadium!Balloon at float altitude of ~39 km (130,000 ft) with ~2,700 kg payload
4 What Communities Are Served By This Award? NASA Science Flights - Large observatories launched at a fraction of the cost of space missionsCutting Edge Science - This years Nobel Prize in Physics was presented to John Mather and George Smoot who were the chief architects of NASA’s COBE (Cosmic Background Explorer) satellite, launched in 1989, which provided precise measurements of the microwave radiation coming from all directions of the universe. Much of the research leading to the development and success of COBE was done aboard high-altitude scientific balloons.2001 “Science News” Metrics – 9% of the NASA Space Science Discoveries and Technical Achievements were from “Balloon Programs”
5 Large Balloon Payloads Its no wonder we have to have such large balloons, look at the size of some of these scientific instruments, and no, those aren’t just small people! Instruments can weigh up to 8000 lbs, that’s like 3 or 4 cars.
6 What Communities Are Served By This Award? Balloons are being used for wireless data communications in geographic regions that are not served or are poorly served by existing wireless technologies and servicesThere are active programs for using balloons to provide near space communications systems for DOD and Homeland Security effortsPlanetary Ballooning – Design and testing efforts are ongoing for placing balloons on other bodies in our solar system (Mars, Venus, Titan, and more!)Planetary entry system testingOther system test flights
7 Award ConsiderationsThe award is presented biennially (odd years) to individuals who have had extended involvement and who have contributed significantly to the advancement of balloon capabilities and technologies and the advancement of this aerospace vehicle as a platform for scientific, military, and commercial applications. Such advancements shall include, but are not necessarily limited to:Flight capabilities such as altitude, payload weight, durations, or reliabilityTechnical understanding of balloon performance, structures, or materialsBalloon operational technologies such as ground and flight systemsThe recipient of the award is presented with a bronze medal, certificate, and rosette pinThis award is traditionally presented at the AIAA Balloon Technology Conference.
8 Award EligibilityAny living person may be nominated for the award if the nominator believes the nominee has made significant contributions to balloon technologyThe recipient will be selected based on the importance and significance of their achievement(s) or contribution(s) in relation to the overall advancement of ballooningThe nominee's length of service and skills in implementation and communication in the furtherance of ballooning will also be consideredThe nominee may not be a current Balloon Systems Technical Committee member, and must not have been a member of the Balloon Systems Technical Committee for the past two years.
9 Nomination and Selection Procedure Follows the AIAA Honors and Awards Committee’s recommendations for nomination and selectionComplete nominations are due to AIAA by February 1 of the award yearSelection committee, made up of current Balloon TC members and other AIAA members, selects a recipient from current nominations every other year per the written proceduresQuantitative rating criteria included as part of the selection processNominations are held for two subsequent award cycles as long as the nominee is eligible for the award
10 Previous Winzen Award Recipients Sigvard Stenlund2004 James Rand2003 Vincent Lally1999 James Winker1997 Charles Moore1996 Justin Smalley1994 Alfred Shipley1991 Jean Nelson
11 Sampling of Previous Citations Sigvard StenlundFor over forty years of significant contributions to the advancement of balloon capabilities and technologies and the advancement of this aerospace vehicle as a platform for scientific, military and commercial applications.2004 James RandFor an exceptional career in scientific ballooning which has provided numerous innovations in analytical modeling, manufacturing and design as well as the mentoring of the next generation of ballooning professionals2003 Vincent LallyFor pioneering the application and development of superpressure balloons to worldwide atmospheric measurements utilizing long duration flights and state-of-the-art electronics1999 James WinkerIn recognition of a career in the advancement of balloon design and manufacturing; and for preserving the history and technology of scientific ballooning through the NASA Balloon Technology Database
12 Balloon Programs Serving the Science Community Low cost access to near spaceExpanding the flight capabilitiesProviding communication and support for commercial, DOD,and Homeland Security applicationsReaching beyond Earth to otherbodies in the Solar System