The Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) Foundation of Houston, Texas, presented Draper Laboratory employees with two honors on April 30.
RNASA honors individuals and teams from the government, military, and industry based on the potential that the honorees’ work holds for advancing future activities in space.
Draper's Shuttle Orbit Flight Control team won a 2010 Stellar Award for “exceptional contributions in developing, certifying and providing real-time support of the Space Shuttle orbiter flight control system to enable assembly of the ISS [International Space Station].
Zach Putnam, a senior member of the technical staff at Draper, also won a 2010 Stellar Award in the "early career" category for "excellence and innovation in the development and implementation of the skip entry guidance algorithms to enable Orion lunar missions."
“This recognition is significant as it is indicative of Draper's contribution to NASA’s current Shuttle program as well as NASA’s future exploration capabilities,” said Séamus Tuohy, Draper director of space systems.