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:
December 9, 2013
As reported on the Heinlein Society website…
Heinlein Selected for Hall of Famous Missourians
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN™
The Kansas City Star reported December 7, 2013 that Robert Heinlein was selected for inclusion in the Hall of Famous Missourians.
“The public also opted for science fiction writer Heinlein. He was born in Butler, and his works include Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Heinlein received more than 10,000 votes,” the Kansas City Star said of Heinlein being one of the 2013 recipients of this honor.
The Heinlein Society campaigned for this, and is very pleased with the support and votes Robert A. Heinlein received.
“Wonderful news! A fine Christmas present!” was the reaction of the trustees of the Heinlein Prize Trust.
A fan in Russia, hearing of the honor, said, “It really is a wonderful event! Accept my sincere congratulations! …in the name of his blessed memory.”
December 5, 2013
The Heinlein Prize Trust offers SpaceX congratulations on achieving an important commercial spaceflight milestone on December 3, 2013.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, being the first commercial launch SpaceX has done from that location. The Falcon 9 delivered the SES-8 satellite to its targeted orbit.
Elon Musk, CEO and Chief Designer of SpaceX, and winner of the second Heinlein Prize® For Accomplishments in Commercial Space Activities, said, “The successful insertion of the SES-8 satellite confirms the upgraded Falcon 9 launch vehicle delivers to the industry’s highest performance standards.”
Offering his congratulations to SpaceX, Heinlein Prize Trustee, Art Dula said, “This is an extremely important commercial milestone.” SpaceX has almost 50 more launches planned, over 60% of which are for commercial customers.
The Heinlein Prize Trust also congratulates China on their Lunar rover launch!
“Things are really happening,” said Art Dula of the exciting space flight events of this week. While Mr. Dula attended a space conference in Asia on behalf of the Heinlein Prize Trust, yet another space flight milestone took place, for which congratulations are extended.
On December 1st a rocket was launched from China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center carrying a robotic rover named Yutu – Jade Rabbit – which should be landing on the moon in mid-December. The Chang’e 3 mission is a precursor to an ultimate manned moon landing.
“We will strive for our space dream as part of the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation,” the launch center’s director is quoted as saying. If successful, China will become only the third nation to achieve a “soft landing” of a craft on the moon, and will be the first since an unmanned landing in August 1976 by the Soviet Union.
Buzz Aldrin, second man to walk on the moon, is quoted in Aerospace America as saying, “…the U.S. now absolutely must start communicating with the Chinese about lunar cooperation.” In a speech given on behalf of the Heinlein Prize Trust at the IAC, Aldrin also said, “…space provides a unique opportunity to work with our international partners. When we work together in space there are no boundaries and we are working towards a common goal. I think now is the time to take this opportunity to get the world excited about space again.”
November 6, 2013
Buzz Aldrin and the Heinlein Prize Trust at the 64th International Astronautical Congress in Beijing
The Heinlein Prize Trust and Trustee Art Dula brought Buzz Aldrin, and a piece of the moon, to Beijing, China for the 64th International Astronautical Congress hosted by the China National Space Administration and organized by the Chinese Society of Astronautics for the celebration of World Space Week.
The moon rock, delivered to Earth “by God, not NASA,” as Art Dula said, is a slice of an asteroid confirmed to be of lunar origins. This rare piece of Luna, NWA 6355, accompanied the Heinlein Prize Trust’s exhibits of genuine space-worn spacesuits to the event.
“I have worked with them many times in the past and I support the work they do,” Dr. Aldrin said about the Heinlein Prize Trust educational activities and competitions in his talk, including the Asian Flying Into the Future contest.
Speaking about the importance of space travel, and how to get people interested and involved, in the U.S. and around the world, Buzz Aldrin said, “I consider myself a Global Statesman for Space and have been doing my best to get the public interested again so that we can move things forward. People ask me all the time – why do we need to go to Mars or why do we even need a space program? Because by venturing into space we improve life for everyone here on Earth. The scientific advancements and innovations that come from this type of research create products and technology that we use in our daily lives and provide even more convenience to people all over the world every day. For example, cell phones, TV, GPS. All of these wouldn’t have been possible without investments in the space program.”
Chinese television interview with Art Dula about metals in space (part Chinese/part English)
Chinese television interview with Buzz Aldrin (part Chinese/part English)