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Sir Martin Sweeting receives the International Von Kármán Wings Award

Sir Martin Sweeting, Executive Chairman and founder of SSTL, has been presented the International Von Kármán Wings Award by the Aerospace Historical Society and the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology. The award has been presented to aerospace pioneers who have made outstanding contributions in the field of science and engineering since 1985.
Sir Martin Sweeting is handed the International von Kármán Wings award by G. Ravichandran, Chair, Aerospace Historical Society and Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories.
Sir Martin Sweeting is handed the International von Kármán Wings award by G. Ravichandran, Chair, Aerospace Historical Society, and Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories.
This year, Sir Martin is recognised for his pioneering use of commercial off-the-shelf technology that kickstarted the small satellite market and made space more accessible for the world. In particular, he is credited with the vision of using constellations of highly capable small satellites for rapid response to disasters. In receiving the award, Sir Martin Sweeting joins an elite echelon of the space industry; previous recipients include Arthur C. Clarke and Buzz Aldrin. Sir Martin has received messages of congratulations from leading figures in science. Dr. S. Pete Worden, Center Director of NASA Ames Research Center, and Mr. Elon Musk,"¨CEO and Chief Designer at SpaceX, spoke of Sir Martin’s contribution to space at the award presentation at the Athenaeum, California Institute of Technology on the 13th September. David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, as well as colleagues, past and present, recorded the above video message commending Sir Martin’s work and Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, has sent a letter personally congratulating Sir Martin on the achievement. Sir Martin is recognised in NASA and ESA and is a fellow of the Royal Society as well as a Distinguished Professor at the University of Surrey. In 2002, Sir Martin was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in the British New Year Honours for services to the small satellite industry and featured in the UK’s "Top Ten Great Britons".





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