July 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California

Awards Gala

Be sure to join us for the NewSpace 2012 Awards Gala! The fabulous gala event serves to honor recipients of several top awards for the innovators and achievements in our field.

The gala event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara on July 28th, 2012. The evening will begin with drinks and entertainment from the Magnolia Jazz Band starting at 6:30pm followed by a delicious 3-course meal (options listed below). Come and enjoy the evening with the most influential individuals in the industry.

This year, we are pleased to honor the following award winners:
  • NASA's Kepler Mission - Vision to Reality - This award is bestowed for outstanding achievement in the development and operation of a device, system or entity that helps open the space frontier. Kepler is literally unveiling new worlds we didn't know existed on a budget that can be viewed as tiny by space standards. They've even infiltrated pop-culture in a way few NASA programs ever have by proving that Tatooine exists! Dreams of planetary settlement abound when looking at Kepler mission data.
  • Bob Citron - Pioneer of NewSpace - This award is for early leaders of the NewSpace industry who have left a lasting legacy either through their own personal investment or the creation of a NewSpace business. Bob Citron, who helped create SpaceHab Inc., Kistler Aerospace Corp., and Lunar Transportation Systems Inc. (among others), has broken barriers between governmental and commercial space repeatedly throughout his life. His efforts paved the way for today's space entrepreneurs.
  • TEDx - Best Presentation of Space - This award is for excellent ability in highlighting past and present events in space exploration and development in non-fiction projects. TEDx has become an exciting venue for discussing "ideas worth spreading" about space and exposing the general public to the latest space projects. TEDx has fostered such thought-provoking presentations as Jeff Greason's "Rocket Scientist: Making Space Pay and Having Fun Doing It" and the TEDxMidtownNYC events hosted by the SFF.
  • Carol Pinchefsky - NewSpace Journalism - This award is for outstanding achievement in journalism spotlighting NewSpace. A self-described geek, Pinchefsky is a freelance writer who has frequently covered commercial space topics with insight and honesty. Her strong support, and often defense, of NewSpace has been a theme in her Forbes.com articles, at the SFF's New York events and during her many years as Editor of SpaceFuture.com, a site that advocates for space settlement and entrepreneurial space.
  • Bruce Pittman - Service to the Frontier - This award is given to someone who has dedicated exceptional volunteer service to the SFF. As a liaison between NASA and the SFF, Pittman is a linchpin for our partnership with NASA and an indispensable source of advice. We also commend his undying support of commercial space and efforts to further it. His work inside and outside the SFF enriches us all.
  • Dr. Simon "Pete" Worden - Spirit of Yuri's Night - Presented by the Yuri's Night organization, this award recognizes a person that embody the Yuri's Night mission of using space and art to contribute to the future of humanity, both in space and on Earth. Worden has supported many innovative ventures that sparked public interest and involvement with space exploration, particularly the Yuri's Night Bay Area events at NASA Ames. His involvement helped bring to life some of the largest events in Yuri's Night history and catalyzed interest in Yuri's Night across NASA and beyond.
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    The meal will begin with a salad of mixed greens with balsamic strawberries, feta cheese and brioche with champagne vinaigrette. Entrees may be chosen from the following delicious options:
    1. French Breast of Chicken with Artichoke, Peas, Roasted Garlic Emulsion, Served with Risotto Cake and Tri-colored Baby Carrots
    2. Beef Tenderloin with Port Reduction, Green Pea Risotto and Grilled Summer Squash
    3. Seared Salmon with Creamy Mushroom Polenta and Haricot Vert
    4. Crispy Zucchini-Potato Cakes, White Bean Puree, Sherry Vinaigrette Macerated Apples (vegetarian)
    The entree will be followed by a dessert of Ultimate Chocolate Blackout with Raspberry Sauce as well as coffee and tea.

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