January 24, 2002
Griffin Vosburg Group & Kistler Aerospace Corporation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MUELLER, FATHER OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM, TO RECEIVE 2002
ROTARY NATIONAL AWARD FOR SPACE ACHIEVEMENT
HOUSTON - Officials with the Rotary
National Award for Space Achievement Foundation announced today
that Dr. George E. Mueller, also known as the "father of the space
shuttle program," will be honored with the 2002 Rotary National
Award for Space Achievement for his distinguished contributions
to the U.S. space program. Mueller will receive this award at
the 16th annual awards banquet, to be held on March 8, 2002 at
the South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center.
Mueller, 83, has spent nearly five decades in the aerospace industry.
In 1963, Mueller joined NASA as head of the Manned Space Flight
Program and led the effort to put a man on the Moon by the end
of the decade. As leader of the Gemini, Apollo/Saturn and other
related programs, he developed one of the most sophisticated and
successful management systems ever devised, which synergized the
activities of 20,000 industrial firms, 200 universities and colleges,
and thousands of individuals into one concerted effort. He was
the originator of Skylab, the first space station, and author
of "An Integrated Program of Space Utilization and Exploration,"
which has been the guiding document for NASA for several decades
following the Apollo program.
"For nearly 50 years, George has been a driving force in our nation's
space programs, both manned and unmanned," said Aaron Cohen, former
director of the NASA-Johnson Space Center. "Even today, in his
80's, he continues to remain active, daring and forward-looking
as he pursues his dream to develop a reusable space launch vehicle
for commercial purposes. The Rotary National Award for Space Achievement
was created to recognize people like him."
After leaving NASA, Mueller became senior vice president of General
Dynamics Corporation from 1969 through 1971, and then chairman
and president of System Development Corporation from 1971 through
1983. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including
the National Medal of Science and three NASA Distinguished Service
Medals. Mueller currently serves as the chief executive officer
of Kistler Aerospace Corporation in Kirkland, Wash. The company
is developing the K-1 aerospace vehicle to deliver satellites
into low-Earth orbit and provide a low-cost alternative to single-use
The Rotary National Award for Space Achievement is presented annually
to a United States citizen who has made a preeminent contribution
to the advancement of America's space program. The principal award,
The National Space Trophy, is a seven-foot-tall, conical Steuben
lead crystal that weighs 500 pounds and is permanently displayed
at Space Center Houston. It is bestowed for important accomplishments
in a space-related field such as research and development, operations
management, program administration or legislation. Aerospace corporations,
government agencies, professional organizations and individuals
submit nominations for this prestigious award. Finalists are voted
on by the Foundation's National Board of Advisors.
The Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation is
a nonprofit organization established in 1985 by the Space Center
Rotary Club of Houston. The Foundation was established to recognize
outstanding individual achievement in space and to create greater
public awareness of space exploration.
For more information on the 2002 awards banquet, call Floyd Bennett
at (281) 212-6213.
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