IAF World Space Award

The IAF World Space Award is presented for an outstanding contribution or contributions in space science, space technology, space medicine, space law or space management of exceptional impact to the world’s progress in astronautics.

This award is given only when nominations of world-class outstanding merit are received and no more than one per year.

The award shall be preferably granted to a single person. Exceptionally, it may be granted to two or more persons if their contributions are equal or contributions made were the result of their joint efforts.

Any IAF member organisations in good standing , IAF officers and Chairs of IAF Committees may nominate candidates for the IAF World Space Award.

Every year during the IAF Spring Meetings in March, the IAF Honours and Awards Committee reviews the nominations received for the IAF World Space Award and makes a recommendation for the recipient to the IAF Bureau. If no suitable candidate is found, this award will not be given.

The award consists of a medal and the recipient is also included into a special section of the IAF Hall of Fame. His registration fees of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) are waived for the year of induction.

The IAF World Space Award recipient is inducted during the opening ceremony of the International Astronautical Congress. He/she will give a Highlight Lecture during the International Astronautical Congress. The IAF World Space Award recipient is invited to participate in the Gala Dinner of the IAC as a special guest of the IAF President.

For further information about this programme, please contact the IAF Secretariat at award [at] iafastro.org

Award Recipients

The Chang’e 4 Mission Leaders

2020 Award Recipients

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

Apollo 11 Crew

Apollo 11 Crew

2019 Award Recipients

Mr. Charles F. Bolden

Mr. Charles F. Bolden

2017 Award Recipient

Dr. Yuri Koptev

Dr. Yuri Koptev

2016 Award Recipient

Dr. Edward C. Stone

Dr. Edward C. Stone

first recipient of the IAF World Space Award (2013)

2019 IAF World Space Award: Award Ceremony and Highlight Lecture

2017 IAF World Space Award: Award Ceremony and Highlight Lecture

2013 IAF World Space Award: Award Ceremony and Highlight Lecture