Lifetime Achievement Award
For contributions of outstanding significance to the Small Satellite Community
Mr. Raymond Gilbert “Gil” Moore
Presented: August 2020
This special merit is awarded to Professor Raymond Gilbert “Gil” Moore in recognition of his considerable contributions of outstanding significance to the small satellite community over the course of his distinguished career. As noted by many throughout our industry, the service provided by Mr. Moore to the small satellite community has had a far-reaching effect as he has played a considerable role in its significant growth.
With over 70 years of experience in the aerospace industry, Mr. Moore has played significant roles in the development and launch of numerous sounding rockets, upper atmospheric balloons, the Space Shuttle, solar-terrestrial physics research campaigns, and small satellites. Mr. Moore is a strong proponent for research and education, providing hands-on training and mentorship opportunities to tens of thousands of students through small satellite projects including “Get Away Special” experiments aboard NASA’s Space Shuttles, and Project Starshine which involved students from hundreds of schools across 40 countries.
Mr. Moore was one of the founders of the Small Satellite Conference, which brings the world’s community of small satellite developers together annually to share lessons learned and innovative concepts. Even today, 35 years after its inception, many of the attributes of the Conference owe their beginnings to Mr. Moore.
As a pioneering force and technical leader throughout the small satellite community for decades, Mr. Moore has continually distinguished himself as one of the community’s leading champions.
Mr. Steven J. Buckley
Presented: August 2010
This special merit is awarded to Mr. Steven J. Buckley in recognition of his considerable contributions of outstanding significance to the small satellite community over the course of his distinguished career. As has been noted by many throughout our community, Mr. Buckley’s commitment to the vital role of “small space” stands out among space pioneers and technical experts.
While serving for over 35 years in the aerospace industry, Mr. Buckley has performed major roles in acquisition, launch operations, test and evaluation, risk management/mitigation, vulnerabilities assessments, and technology development. Mr. Buckley has amassed an impressive list of accomplishments including the planning and conducting of over 50 air-to-air missile or small launch missions, as well as over 550 test and evaluation flight test campaigns. Mr. Buckley played critical roles during the development and launch of many programs including AMRAAM, Minuteman II, OSP/Minotaur, Taurus, Pegasus XL, Scorpius, Falcon 1, Falcon 9, the Merlin Engine, and Raptor. Through his outstanding efforts, Mr. Buckley has enabled space access for hundreds of future missions.
Of significance is Mr. Buckley’s positive influence and impact on the next generation through his mentoring of countless junior engineers as he worked tirelessly to educate eager engineers on the intricacies of space flight.
With his phenomenal record of achievement in space transportation, small launch vehicle development, and technical prowess, Mr. Buckley has had monumental and far-reaching effect on the Small Satellite Community.Nominate an Award Recipient