IAF Distinguished Service Award

The IAF Distinguished Service Award is intended to reward active volunteers for their contributions to the progress of astronautics and the Federation.

The Distinguished Service Award Sub-Committee reviews the nominations received for the IAF Distinguished Service Award and makes recommendations to the IAF Honours and Awards Committee (HAC). The HAC reviews the recommendations and makes final recommendations to the IAF Bureau.

The Award comprises a distinctive pin and certificate presented at the IPC General Meeting during the Spring Meeting the following year. The recipient’s registration fee for the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) will be reduced to 50% of the applicable fee for the year of induction.


Who may nominate?

Representatives of IAF member organisations, the IAF Secretariat and IAF volunteers

Who can be nominated?

All IAF volunteers

Selection criteria:

Outstanding and continuous contribution to the progress of the Federation and astronautics

Nomination Submission:

– Nomination package:

Nominations should contain:
– A citation of the contribution to the IAF (one sentence);
– A summary description of the nominee’s role in support of the IAF;
– A letter of support from the nominee’s committee chairman or line manager.

Number of recipients and Expiration of Nomination:

Up to 25 recipients can be awarded every year.
A submission which is not successful in any given year may be resubmitted for later years.