SpaceX President and CEO and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell has been honored by the Rotary National Space Achievement Award (RNASA) Foundation for the 2023 National Space Trophy. RNASA will hold a banquet honoring Ms. Shotwell in Houston on April 28, 2023.
Each year an American who has made major contributions to the US space exploration program is honored with the RNASA National Space Trophy. The Foundation was founded by the Space Center Rotary Club of Houston, Texas, in 1985 to organize and coordinate an annual event to recognize outstanding achievements in space and to create greater public awareness of the benefits of space exploration.
Shotwell is set to take over SpaceX’s Starship program and Starbase facilities in November 2022.
SpaceX’s Gwynne Shotwell as credited Starship program, Starbase facilities
Nominations for the National Space Trophy are voted on by the foundation’s board of advisors, a group that includes people involved with the space program. NASA center directors, presidents of aerospace corporations, news media, political leaders and previous Trophy winners are among those who serve on the foundation’s board of advisors.
Ms Shotwell was nominated for the award by the founder and CEO of Delalune Space, Rob Meyerson. Meyerson described her as “a leader, a strong engineer, and a trusted partner to NASA, the Air Force, the National Security community, and commercial clients.”
Rodolfo Gonzalez, President of the RNASA Foundation, said, “The RNASA Foundation is excited to recognize Ms. Shotwell as the guest of honor at the 2023 Space Awards Gala.”
In 2002, Ms. Shotwell joined SpaceX as its first Vice President of Business Development. She was among the company’s first dozen employees and was initially responsible for marketing commercial launches and government clients before SpaceX had operational goals.
In 2008, he became SpaceX’s President and Chief Operating Officer and continues to serve in that role today. Under his leadership, SpaceX achieved a number of historic milestones, including NASA’s ability to send a human space shuttle back to the US in 2010.
Along with the award, Ms. Shotwell will be honored with a professional portrait that will later be displayed at the Houston Center and Omega Watch. RNASA extended an invitation to members of the public. Those who are, however, can reserve for each of the three tiers: platinum, gold or silver. Tables are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
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