The Heinlein Prize® honors the memory of Robert A. Heinlein™, renowned American author. The purpose of the Heinlein Prize is to encourage and reward progress in commercial space activities that advances Robert and his wife Virginia’s dream of humanity’s future in space. Efforts include: the Heinlein Prize for Accomplishments in Commercial Space Activities, the Microgravity Research Competition, the  Heinlein Commercial Space Activity Prize, the “Flight Into the Future” international contests, the Have Space Suit — Will Travel educational program, and the online Heinlein Archives.


The Heinlein Prize Trust Announces:

New Heinlein Award Announced

July 7, 2014

Trust recognizes technical achievements “in space” with new Heinlein Award

HOUSTON, July 7, 2014 – The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust (HPT) have created a new Heinlein award class for an individual or individuals that have developed space-tested technology used to benefit space commercial activities.

“As opposed to the Heinlein Prize, which is a substantial award given to individuals with proven and practical achievements in the field of commercial space, the new Heinlein Award recognizes smaller, but no less important technical accomplishments in space,” said HPT Trustee Arthur M.  Dula.  “And what better day to announce the new award than today on Robert Heinlein’s birthday.”

Winners of the Heinlein Award will receive a diploma and monetary award.

“By creating a new class of prize the Trust will incentivize the public to bring such technical accomplishments to the Trust’s attention in order to win the award,” explained Mr. James M. Vaughn, HPT Trustee.

For more information or to suggest a nomination for the Heinlein Award contact info@heinleinprize.com or visit www.heinleinprize.com.

About the Heinlein Prize Trust

The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust honors the memory of Robert A. Heinlein, a renowned American author. The purpose of the Heinlein Prize is to encourage and reward progress in commercial space activities that advance Robert and his wife Virginia’s dream of humanity’s future in space.


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Robert HeinleinOn July 7th we always pause to note the anniversary of the birth of Robert A. Heinlein™. Though he passed away in 1988, Robert Heinlein continues to be an enduring and influential American writer of speculative fiction. Most of his books are still in print in many languages, and his influence can be seen in the writings of authors today.

A number of important milestones have taken place this past year in the realm of Heinlein-dom:

With mixed joy and sorrow came the publication of Volume 2 of the comprehensive biography of Robert A. Heinlein, In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 2, 1948-1988: The Man Who Learned Better (available on Amazon.com). This authorized biography was published by Tor in June of 2014. Sadly, the author, a close friend of many of us, and first official Heinlein Scholar, William H. Patterson, Jr. passed away unexpectedly only a matter of weeks before the final volume of his master work was released.

The Virginia Edition Publishing Company began a new publication branch called ScienceDeck, devoted to non-fiction space science publications. Space Elevators: An Assessment of the Technological Feasibility and the Way Forward and The Case For Space Solar Power, both important publications, have been very well received.

Citizen of the Galaxy Graphic NovelAnd released just days ago, came an exciting new publication entry, the first Heinlein graphic novel. Based on Heinlein’s Citizen of the Galaxy, this beautifully done graphic novel is set to reach an entirely new generation of readers, as well as provide a fascinating new view of CotG to long-time fans.

The Heinlein Prize Trust Have Space Suit — Will Travel educational program continues to spread and be enthusiastically received by students around the world. The spacesuits are on exhibit right now at the Challenger Space Center in Peoria, Arizona, among the many places they have traveled to throughout the year to educate and inspire the next generation of space explorers.

In December of 2013, Heinlein was selected for inclusion in the Hall of Famous Missourians.

One hundred and seven years after his birth, it’s a continual joy to see the many ways Robert Heinlein’s positive and forward-looking vision of the future continues to inspire.

Robert A. Heinlein:

July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988

Live with gusto, die with dignity.


Kids can try on real spacesuits at Challenger Space Center

July 6, 2014

The Heinlein Prize Trust Have Space Suit — Will Travel spacesuits traveled to Peoria, Arizona where they are on display at the Challenger Space Center now through August 1, 2014.

Read more about this display, where you may try on a real space-worn spacesuit at www.azchallenger.org/visit-the-center/exhibits/spacesuits.

The exhibit was covered by 3TV News in Phoenix:


Have Space Suit - Will Travel Program CertificateDr. Jon Clark and former NASA astronaut Don Thomas serve as the spokesmen for the Have Space Suit – Will Travel program. Dr. Jon Clark is one of America’s leading experts in space medicine and safety with over 30 years of experience as a medical professional, and Dr. Don Thomas is an engineer and former NASA astronaut who has flown four missions to space.

The HSSWT program aims to develop the next generation of space enthusiasts by encouraging students to read Robert Heinlein’s Have Space Suit – Will Travel. The program lesson plans provide discussion topics, creative writing assignments, and culminates with the winning schools having a real spacesuit from the Heinlein Prize Trust visit their class or club. Following a learning activity, classes will be rewarded with a Sokol pressure suit in their school. They are allowed to touch the suit and try on the gloves. Students who participated were “extremely enthusiastic” and “thrilled to have a spacesuit to play with…”

See more at the Heinlein Prize Trust Have Space Suit — Will Travel page.


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