IAF Hall of Fame

The IAF Hall of Fame is intended to create a standing forum of personalities that have contributed substantially to the progress of space science, technology and space benefits to mankind, within the framework of the IAF activities.

It will consist of a permanent gallery of these personalities, including a citation, biographical information, and a picture, in a special part of the IAF web presence.

Who may nominate?

IAF Members organisations

Who can be nominated?

Any member of the astronautics community

Selection criteria:

Outstanding contribution to the advancement of astronautics in a specific field (science, technology, management, applications…) within the framework of the IAF activities or lifetime achievements.

Nomination submission:

Nomination package:

The nomination should contain: – A citation of the merits honoured (one sentence) – A biography of the nominee including, i.e., the person’s profile, career achievements and history, education, list of publications, etc. – At least 2 letters of support by personalities qualified to nominate addressing contributions of the nominee to the advancement of astronautics

Number of recipients and Expiration of Nominations:

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

The Hall of Fame Sub-Committee will review the nominations received for the IAF Hall of Fame and will make recommendations to the IAF Honours and Awards Committee (HAC). The HAC would review the recommendations and make final recommendations to the IAF Bureau.

The induction into the IAF Hall of Fame is recognised by the award of a certificate presented during the closing ceremony of the International Astronautical Congress. The recipient will be invited to attend the Gala Dinner as guest of the IAF President (free of charge). His/her registration fees for the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) will be waived for the year of induction.

Pierre Bescond IAF Hall of Fame Sub-committee Chair

Gallery of IAF Hall of Fame

2020

Weiren WU

Designer-in-Chief, China’s Lunar Exploration Program

China

Dengyun YU

Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Committee, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

China

Zezhou SUN

Designer-in-Chief of probe system, Chang’e-4 Program

China

Tomifumi GODAI

Former Senior Vice President, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Japan

Elizabeth KORDYUM

Ukraine

Meng ZHIZHONG

China

Yu MENGLUN

China

2019

Apollo 11 CREW

United States of America

Faren QI

China

Roberto BATTISTON

Former President, Italian Space Agency (ASI)

Italy

2018

Long LEHAO

China

Joan VERNIKOS

Kiyoshi HIGUCHI

Former Vice-President, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Japan

Barbara J. RYAN

United States of America

2017

Charles F. BOLDEN

12th Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

United States of America

Robert BRISKMAN

Chief of Program Support for the Office of Tracking and Data Acquisition, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

United States of America

Stanislav KONYUKHOV

Russia

Berndt FEUERBACHER

Research scientist, European Space Agency (ESA)

Germany

Richard L. “DICK“ KLINE

Program Vice President, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

United States of America

2016

Yuri KOPTEV

Russia

Manfred FUCHS

Founder, OHB Italia SpA

Italy

Wang XIJI

China

U.R. RAO

Director of ISRO Satellite Centre at Bangalor, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

India

Norman CRABILL

Scientist, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

United States of America

2015

Hans E.W. HOFFMANN

Germany

Paolo FERRI

Head of ESA’s Mission operations Department, European Space Agency (ESA)

Italy

2014

2013

Edward C. STONE

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

United States of America