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 humankind, within the framework of the IAF activities.

2023 Call for Nominations - OPEN

The IAF Hall of Fame consists of a permanent gallery that recognizes eminent individuals who have contributed substantially during the course of their careers to the progress of astronautics including space science, space technology, management of space projects and space benefits to humankind.

Gallery of IAF Hall of Fame

2022

Ryojiro Akiba

Ryojiro Akiba

Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
Former Director General, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science
Japan

“Dr. Ryojiro Akiba has made outstanding contributions to the development of space engineering and space science throughout his illustrious career, and is worthy of being inducted into the IAF Hall of Fame”

Jaques Arnould

Jaques Arnould

Ethic Adviser,
Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES),
France

"Why go into space? Ethical interrogation as the new and ultimate frontier.”

Simonetta Di Pippo

Simonetta Di Pippo

Director,
SEE Lab (Space Economy Evolution Laboratory), SDA Bocconi School of Management,
Italy

“One-of-a-kind career in space activities. Visionary Leader, innovative thinker, highly skilled manager, STEM advocate, international complex programs, expert in change management, outstanding negotiator with globally recognised diplomatic skills, commercial space and space economy, one of the strongest supporters of space activities for sustainable socio-economic development and a firm believer in cooperation in space.”

JR Edwards

JR Edwards

Vice President-International
American Astronautical Society (AAS)
United States

“For his visionary leadership in the advancement of the mission of the International Astronautical Federation, the promotion of international dialogue and cooperation and the inspiration and preparation of the workforce of tomorrow.”

LIU Zhusheng

LIU Zhusheng

Chief Designer,
China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT),
China

“Liu Zhusheng, the space technology leader, the chief designer on the first manned space mission in China, has proven himself to be a subject expert in his current position and showed great efforts to enhance the reliability and safety of China manned rockets.”

Tianwen-1 Spacecraft Development Team

Tianwen-1 Spacecraft Development Team

*“The Tianwen-1 Spacecraft Development Team offered an innovative option for successful Mars exploration and outstanding contributed to the advance in deep space exploration technology. Tianwen-1 Mission achieved orbiting, landing, and roving on Mars in one mission for the first time globally. The scientific data acquired during the mission made an essential contribution to a deeper understanding of Mars and the solar system.”*

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2021

Dr. Alexander V. Degtyarev

Dr. Alexander V. Degtyarev

General Director - General Designer, Yuzhnoye State Design Office, Ukraine
(in memoriam)

“For outstanding contribution to development of space science and expansion of international cooperation in space exploration”

Prof. Guirong Min

Prof. Guirong Min

Chief Scientist and former President, China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), China
(in memoriam)

"An expert with distinguished contribution for China space development from first satellite to space station for more than 50 years”

Dr. Hiroki Matsuo

Dr. Hiroki Matsuo

President, Society for Promotion of Space Sciences, Japan

“MATSUO Hiroki has been dedicated to the research and development in space engineering from its dawn of history in Japan, including his notable contribution of strong leadership in space science and exploration.”

Hayabusa2 Team

Hayabusa2 Team

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

“Winners of the IAF 2021 World Space Award” Read more about the Hayabusa2 Team here

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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

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

Executive Director, World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC)

United States

2017

Charles F. BOLDEN

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

United States

Robert BRISKMAN

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

United States

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

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

2015

Hans E.W. HOFFMANN

Germany

Paolo FERRI

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

Italy

2014

Vladimir KOPAL

Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Czech Republic

2013

Edward C. STONE

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

United States

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