2011 General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award
As the Space Foundation's highest honor, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award is presented annually to only the most distinguished life-long achievers and role models in the space community. In 2011 the honor will go to Charles Elachi, Ph.D., director of the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and vice president of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif.
The award will be presented at a special luncheon on April 13, 2011, at the Space Foundation's 27th National Space Symposium at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. William F. Ballhaus, Jr., Ph.D., chairman of the board of the Space Foundation, will present the award to Elachi. The luncheon is sponsored by Raytheon.
"Dr. Elachi ideally exemplifies the spirit of the Hill Award. He is the first NASA center director to be selected and joins an illustrious list of former recipients," said Ballhaus. "We set exacting criteria and solicit nominations from space leaders around the world for this award. It is our highest honor and can only be conferred by unanimous vote of our board of directors."