News of activities of The Heinlein Prize Trust and commercial space activities around the world

New Heinlein Award Announced

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 …  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein 107

On 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 …  Read MoreRead More

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Kids can try on real spacesuits at Challenger Space Center

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 …  Read MoreRead More

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William H. Patterson, Jr., Passes Away

We are saddened to note the untimely passing of William H. Patterson, Jr. on April 21st, 2014. The author of the two volume Heinlein biography, and first official Heinlein Scholar, Bill Patterson was a personal friend to many of us …  Read MoreRead More

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Science Deck from Virginia Edition Publishing Company

PRESS RELEASE from the Virginia Edition Publishing Company, introducing Science Deck non-fiction publications: Space Elevators_Press-Release_01-15-2014 Technology and way forward assessed in revolutionary, new space elevator book HOUSTON, January 15, 2014 – The foremost experts in the field unite to create …  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein Selected for Hall of Famous Missourians

As reported on the Heinlein Society website… Heinlein Selected for Hall of Famous Missourians 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 …  Read MoreRead More

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Space Flight Milestones

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. …  Read MoreRead More

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Buzz Aldrin in China With the Heinlein Prize Trust

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 …  Read MoreRead More

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Virginia Edition Publishing Supports Heinlein For Heroes

HOUSTON, October 22, 2013 – Beginning today all Virginia Edition sets purchased will also receive a $110 donation of Heinlein books to the Heinlein For Heroes (H4H) program on the purchaser’s behalf. H4H is a military appreciation program.  Its goal …  Read MoreRead More

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2013 U.S. Naval History Conference

The Past, Present, and Future of Human Space Flight was the subject of the 2013 U.S. Naval History Conference at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, attended by Art Dula, Trustee of the Heinlein Prize Trust, October 3, 2013. In …  Read MoreRead More

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Have Space Suit-Will TravelHave Space Suit — Will Travel to LoneStarCon

The Have Space Suit — Will Travel educational program traveled to LoneStarCon, the World Science Fiction Convention, in San Antonio, Texas August 29th through September 2nd, 2013. Art Dula of the Heinlein Prize Trust conducted the session, sharing insights and …  Read MoreRead More

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Have Space Suit-Will TravelMoon Day 2013

The Heinlein Prize Trust celebrated Moon Day 2013 with Girl Scout troop 2652, and an estimated 1500 other visitors, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, Love Field, in Dallas, Texas. In 2009, Moon Day was created by the Frontiers of …  Read MoreRead More

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HeinleinHeinlein’s 106th

On 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 …  Read MoreRead More

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Space Law: An Introduction for US Commercial Space Businesses

An overview of space law with emphasis on jurisdiction and control of commercial activities such as mining, settlement, and the tension between US national law and international treaty law. The Heinlein Prize Trust is pleased to offer this overview as a reference resource to commercial space businesses  Read MoreRead More

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Robert A. Heinlein – 25 Years

May 8, 2013 marks 25 years since the passing of Robert A. Heinlein. Rather than a cause of sadness, this milestone reminds us of the strength and lasting impact of Heinlein, his wisdom, and his works, and how they are, …  Read MoreRead More

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2013 Space Commercialization Award to Big Science

The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize® Trust has awarded a $15,000 prize as part of the Rice Business Plan Competition. The business whose plan was chosen to receive the Heinlein Prize Trust Space Commercialization Award is Big Science from …  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein Publishing History is Made!

Heinlein publishing history was made on March 26, 2013 when the Kickstarter project to fund a graphic novel version of Robert A. Heinlein’s Citizen of the Galaxy achieved its funding goal! With several days yet before the funding date of …  Read MoreRead More

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Citizen of the Galaxy Graphic Novel

Citizen of the Galaxy will be the first graphic novel adapted from Robert Heinlein’s Virginia Edition, which is the complete and definitive 46 volume collector’s set of all of  Heinlein’s works. This project is approved by the copyright owner, the …  Read MoreRead More

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Kenneth S. Reightler, Jr. Appointed to Heinlein Chair at USNA

Capt. Kenneth S. Reightler, Jr., USN (Ret), former NASA astronaut, was appointed to the Robert A. Heinlein Chair of Aerospace Engineering at the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in August 2012. The Heinlein Chair, endowed by the late Virginia …  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein Pay It ForwardHeinlein Pay-It-Forward Scholarship Fund

In 2006 The Heinlein Prize Trust started a modest, experimental scholarship/loan program with the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. The International Space University is an institution of higher learning offering Masters degrees in Space Studies, Space Management, and Business …  Read MoreRead More

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One Last LandingOne Last Landing

Out ride the sons of Terra, Far drives the thundering jet, Up leaps the race of Earthmen, Out, far, and onward yet– We pray for one last landing On the globe that gave us birth; Let us rest our eyes …  Read MoreRead More

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Ginny HeinleinThe 10th Anniversary of Ginny Heinlein’s Passing

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own… Heinlein’s definition of love. It was true for both of them, with respect to one another.  Without Ginny, Robert could not have created the …  Read MoreRead More

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Have Space Suit-Will TravelHave Space Suit — Will Travel to Strasbourg, France

International Space University Professor, Dr. Chris Welch held a session with one hundred 11th grade students at the English section of the International High‐School of Pontonniers in Strasbourg (France) on November 22, 2012. Accompanying Dr. Welch was the Have Space …  Read MoreRead More

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Flying Into the FutureFlying Into the Future Winners

The final results of the Third Flying Into the Future-Space Exploration Innovation Contest in Asia were announced in the ancient city of Xi’an on July 18, 2012. The contest was jointly organized by Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA) and the …  Read MoreRead More

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Lazarus Long 100FUTURE HISTORY IS MADE TODAY !

11-11-12: It’s Lazarus Long’s 100th Birthday ! Happy 100th Birthday Woodrow Wilson Smith, aka Lazarus Long; Ernest Gibbons; Captain Aaron Sheffield; “Happy” Daze; His Serenity Seraphin the Younger, Supreme High Priest of the One God in All His Aspects and …  Read MoreRead More

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World Space Week

The Heinlein Prize Trust joins in World Space Week at the International Astronautical Congress in Naples, Italy. If you are attending IAC, visit the Heinlein Prize Trust stand to get World Space Week information, posters, and teacher guides. Every year …  Read MoreRead More

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Honoring Neil Armstrong, 1930-2012

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, has died. He was 82. “Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job,” said a …  Read MoreRead More

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Virginia Edition Complete

The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust is proud to announce the completion of the Virginia Edition, the complete works of Robert A. Heinlein. Robert Heinlein was one of the preeminent writers of the last century. His work was …  Read MoreRead More

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Curiosity Touchdown!

Congratulations to NASA and JPL on the successful touchdown of Curiosity! “Share water,”  friends! In Heinlein Prize Trust news… Heinlein Prize Trust trustee Arthur M. Dula. Recently, Mr. Dula was honored with the NSS Space Pioneer Award at the International …  Read MoreRead More

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HeinleinHeinlein’s 105th

On 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 …  Read MoreRead More

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Art DulaSpace Pioneer Award for Heinlein Prize Trust’s Art Dula

Trustee of The Heinlein Prize Trust, Arthur M. Dula, was honored with the NSS Space Pioneer Award at the International Space Development Conference. Art Dula, who is also CEO and founder of Excalibur Almaz, a private spaceflight company, chose the …  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein PrizeHeinlein Prize Trust Movie News

A number of exciting productions based on Heinlein’s works have been announced in recent months. On May 23, 2012 Sony Pictures announced it had picked up the Spierig Brother’s science fiction action-thriller, Predestination. The film, which will star Ethan Hawke, …  Read MoreRead More

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Have Space Suit-Will TravelHave Space Suit – Will Travel to London

The Royal Aeronautical Society in London hosted the Have Space Suit – Will Travel educational program on June 18, 2012. Art Dula of The Heinlein Prize Trust, flight surgeon Dr. Jon Clark, and private space participant Anousheh Ansari  presented the …  Read MoreRead More

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Have Space Suit-Will TravelHave Space Suit – Will Travel to Paideia School

It was a time magical for everyone. That was the review of astronaut Dr. Don Thomas’s visit to Paideia School in Atlanta in April 2012. Amy Baxter, M.D., the ‘adopted’ granddaughter of the Heinleins, and an enthusiastic supporter of their …  Read MoreRead More

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Falcon9Congratulations SpaceX and Elon Musk!

This morning, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) launched its Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon spacecraft to orbit on a mission to the International Space Station. SpaceX becomes the first commercial company in history to attempt to send a spacecraft to …  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein Prize$15,000 Space Commercialization Award to SolidEnergy, MIT for “Shipstone”

The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize® Trust, has awarded a $15,000 prize as part of the Rice Business Plan Competition. The business whose plan was chose to receive the Heinlein Prize Trust Space Commercialization Award is SolidEnergy, MIT. SolidEnergy …  Read MoreRead More

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NSS Robert A Heinlein Memorial AwardStephen Hawking Receives NSS’s Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award

In a press release dated March 28, 2012, the National Space Society (NSS) announced Dr. Stephen Hawking was the fourteenth recipient of NSS’s Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award. The NSS’s Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award (not affiliated with The Heinlein …  Read MoreRead More

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Have Space Suit-Will TravelHave Space Suit — Will Travel 2011 Program

Besides being a lot of fun, the Have Space Suit — Will Travel experience exposes the students to new technologies that are used in both space suits and spacecrafts, and provides them with an opportunity to look into the future and envision the space travel that may be possible within their lifetimes.  Read MoreRead More

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Prophets of Science FictionProphets of Science Fiction

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 the Science Channel program Prophets of Science Fiction will run its episode focusing on Heinlein. The Heinlein Prize Trust provided assistance to the production by supplying original photographs from the online Heinlein Archives. Look for the …  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein PrizeA Million People on Mars?

A million people on Mars? Someday, certainly. But starting in just the next ten to twenty years, and at a budget price? That is the goal of Heinlein Prize winner, Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX. In an interview with NewScientist, …  Read MoreRead More

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Have Space Suit-Will TravelHave Space Suit – Will Travel: Colorado

The Have Spacesuit — Will Travel educational program expanded further across the United States as the spacesuit, a genuine Sokol spacesuit which has spent more than 196 days in space and traveled some 85 million miles, visited the 4th grade …  Read MoreRead More

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Have Space Suit-Will TravelHave Space Suit Adult Programs 2011

The Have Spacesuit — Will Travel educational program, which has been popular and successful with middle school and high school students, expanded to include engineering college students in Boulder, Colorado, and students at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, …  Read MoreRead More

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Have Space Suit-Will TravelThe Heinlein Guide in Malaysian

Working with World Space Week, The Heinlein Prize Trust has produced a translation of The Heinlein Guide in Malaysian. The Heinlein Guide is a collection of science and language arts activities for middle school teachers based on the book Have Spacesuit – Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein.  Read MoreRead More

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Heavenly Palace 1 in Orbit

The Heinlein Prize Trust offers its congratulations to the Chinese space program on this accomplishment. Said Art Dula, Trustee of The Heinlein Prize Trust, “It is a very significant step toward manned orbital stations and further manned exploration of space.”  Read MoreRead More

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2011 Heinlein NewSpace Business Plan Competition

LOUISVILLE, Colo., Aug. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — On July 30th, Altius Space Machines won the $25,000 grand prize in the 2011 Heinlein NewSpace Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Space Frontier Foundation. Altius’ winning business plan focused on their “Direct …  Read MoreRead More

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 Rod Walker, as Heinlein Intended

The recent release of “Tunnel In the Sky” by Full Cast Audio brought an opportunity to to present the character of Rod Walker as Heinlein intended him to be–as a young, black man.  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein PrizeHeinlein Prize 2011 Awarded to Elon Musk

The second Heinlein Prize® was awarded to the CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, for Accomplishments in Commercial Space Activities on June 29, 2011 in a luncheon ceremony in Washington, D.C. An award of $250,000, a Lady Vivamus sword from Robert …  Read MoreRead More

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HeinleinsHeinlein at the Popular Culture Association

For the seventh year in a row, Heinlein Studies was represented at the joint annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association (“PCA”) with the American Culture Association (“ACA”), April 21-24, 2011. The PCA/ACA usually holds it joint annual meetings from the …  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein PrizeThe Heinlein Prize Trust and Star City

The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust has given a grant of $10,000 to “United by Space,” which runs “Star Relay” 2010-2011: a competition of scientific, technological, and artistic projects on space.  This grant will pay for expert consultation, …  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein PrizeHeinlein Prize Honors Elon Musk of SpaceX

Trustees of the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust announced today that the second-ever Heinlein Prize will go to Elon Musk, founder, CEO and CTO of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein PrizeNewSpace Business Plan Prize

The Heinlein Prize Trust, in conjunction with the Space Frontier Foundation, announces a $5000 prize in the the 2011 Heinlein NewSpace Business Plan Competition. The competition is for new, independent ventures in the seed, start-up, or early growth stages. The …  Read MoreRead More

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Have Spacesuit-Will TravelHave Spacesuit – Will Travel 2010 Program

The Have Spacesuit — Will Travel program in 2010 was a great success. Four public schools in Maryland participated, with a total of232 students involved. Together with the students from 2009, the total students who have participated in HSWT to date is 436.  Read MoreRead More

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Heavenly Palace 1 in Orbit China launched Tiangong-1, which means Heavenly Palace 1, Experimental Module on September 29, 2011 as the first part of establishing a new, future manned space station. “…a dream home the Chinese have long envisioned in …  Read MoreRead More

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Flying Into the FutureFlying Into Future-Space Exploration Innovation Contest

July 7, 2010: The winners of the Asian Flying Into the Future – Space Exploration Innovation Contest were announced on July 7, 2010 at the Chinese Academy of Governance. As well as cash awards, the winners were also presented with copies of Robert A. Heinlein’s books Have Spacesuit—Will Travel and Tunnel in the Sky.  Read MoreRead More

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Have Spacesuit-Will Travel61st International Astronautical Congress

October 2010: Lesson plans for Have Spacesuit – Will Travel were distributed to Czech Republic teachers at the 61st International Astronautical Congress in Prague, Czech Republic  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein biorgraphyHeinlein Biography Author Speaks at Cato Institute

October 14, 2010: The Heinlein Prize Trust is pleased to announce Heinlein Scholar, William H. Patterson, Jr., author of the new Heinlein biography, will be making several appearances in the Washington, D.C. area.  Read MoreRead More

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Falcon9SpaceX’s Falcon9 Reaches Low Earth Orbit

June 4, 2010: The Heinlein Prize Trust Congratulates SpaceX on the successful launch of Falcon9  Read MoreRead More

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WinnersHeinlein Commercial Space Activity Prize Awarded to the University of Arkansas

April 22, 2010: Heinlein Commercial Space Activity Prize Awarded to the University of Arkansas  Read MoreRead More

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Rice Alliance$15,000 Heinlein Commercial Space Award

April 8, 2010: As part of its ongoing mission to encourage and advance commercial space activities, The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust, has underwritten a $15,000 prize as part of the Rice Business Plan Competition.  Read MoreRead More

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SeaLaunchHeinlein Prize Trust invests in Sea Launch

March 4, 2010: The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust, acting through its trustees, has agreed to make a secured investment in Sea Launch Company, a California based commercial launch services provider that has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization since mid-2009.  Read MoreRead More

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Have Spacesuit-Will TravelHave Spacesuit – Will Travel, And It Did!

October 9, 2009: A genuine spacesuit, was shown to 210 students participating in the “Have Spacesuit, Will Travel” educational program sponsored by The Heinlein Prize Trust, World Space Week, and Astronaut Leroy Chiao, Ph.D. who accompanied the spacesuit to the classes.  Read MoreRead More

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SpaceX Launches Falcon1

July 15, 2009: A partner of The Heinlein Prize Trust on events such as the Microgravity Research Competition, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announced the successful launch of Falcon 1 Flight 5 launch vehicle and the precision placement of Malaysia’s RazakSAT into Earth orbit. The Heinlein Prize Trust offers its congratulations on this achievement.  Read MoreRead More

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Space Frontier FoundationFinalists Selected for the Space Frontier Foundation’s Heinlein Business Plan Competition

June 30, 2009: Space Frontier Foundation is announces the 10 finalists for the Heinlein Business Plan Competition. The winner will be announced at the Apollo 11 Anniversary Gala during the NewSpace 2009 Conference.  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein PrizeMicrogravity Research Competition Winners Announced

April 21, 2009: University of Texas Health Science Center Wins Microgravity Research Competition with project focused on the development of the science and technology for controlled, long-term drug release. This research, conducted in space, could yield important cancer treatments here on Earth.  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein PrizeMicrogravity Research Competition Finalists Announced

April 3, 2009: Three finalists in the Microgravity Research Competition, sponsored by The Heinlein Prize Trust, SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies), and the Rice Alliance have been chosen. This competition gives student researchers an exciting opportunity to advance their projects in the ultimate laboratory—in Low Earth Orbit in the microgravity environment of a private spacecraft, the SpaceX Dragon.  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein PrizeMicrogravity Research Competition Proposals Received

March 25, 2009: Nine proposals have been submitted by Florida Tech, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Universities Space Research Association, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, College of Menominee Nation, University of Texas Health Science Center, Duke University Medical Center, and University of Alabama in Huntsville.  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein PrizeMicrogravity Research Competition Announced

January 19, 2009: The Heinlein Prize Trust announces the Microgravity Research Competition to reward innovation in the use of microgravity to advance biotech, nanotech, combustion, metallurgy, and other fields. The competition offers a $25,000 prize and transportation to and from Low Earth Orbit for the winning experiment aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft.  Read MoreRead More

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HeinleinsCelebration of Heinlein’s Centennial

July 7, 2007: The weekend of July 7, 2007 a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Robert A. Heinlein’s birth was held in Kansas City, Missouri.  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein ArchivesHeinlein Archives Online Launched

July 7, 2007: The Heinlein Archives launched to the public July 7, 2007 at the Heinlein Centennial in Kansas City, Missouri. The online Heinlein Archives brings the entire Archives collection of noted American author, Robert A. Heinlein, to the Internet.  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein PrizeFirst Heinlein Prize Award Ceremony

July 7, 2006: On July 7th, Robert A. Heinlein’s 99th birthday, Dr. Peter Diamandis was awarded the first Heinlein Prize. The ceremony was elating; a more appropriate culmination and beginning to Heinlein’s life work would be difficult to imagine.  Read MoreRead More

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Peter DiamandisInaugural Heinlein Prize Honors Dr. Peter H. Diamandis

May 26, 2006: Inaugural $500,000 Heinlein Prize for Advances in Space Commercialization Honors Dr. Peter H. Diamandis. Dr. Diamandis will be honored at a dinner and award ceremony on July 7, 2006 at the St. Regis Hotel in Houston, Texas and receive $500,000, a gold Heinlein Medallion, the Lady Vivamus Sword (as described in Heinlein’s book Glory Road) and a Laureate’s Diploma.  Read MoreRead More

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EnergiaNikolai Sevastyanov Elected Head of Energia

May 29, 2005: The Trustees of the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust congratulate Nikolai Sevastyanov on his election as head of Russia’s Rocket and Space Corporation Energia. His election is welcome news for all who are working for the commercial development of space industry.  Read MoreRead More

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Flight Into the FutureFlight into the Future Project Contest Announced

January 27, 2005: The “Robert A. Heinlein Flight into the Future Project Contest” is a competition to encourage young international students and researchers in the field of space exploration. The competition will identify, support, and promote innovative projects by these researchers. Winning researchers will receive a cash award, a prize diploma, and international recognition of their work.  Read MoreRead More

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CassiniCongratulations to the Cassini-Huygens Mission Team

January 14, 2005: The Trustees of the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust congratulate the European Space Agency, NASA, JPL, and the Italian space agency, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, for their successful landing of the Huygens probe on the surface of Titan!  Read MoreRead More

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SpaceShipOneSpaceShipOne

October 4, 2004: The Trustees of the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust congratulate the Mojave Aerospace Ventures Team and their successful flight of SpaceShipOne!  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein PrizeMajor Prize Focuses on Space Commercialization

September 29, 2003: The Heinlein Prize, a major new award for practical accomplishments in commercial space activities, was announced  Read MoreRead More

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For Us the LivingFor Us, the Living

August 31, 2003: The finding and publishing of “For Us, the Living”  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein SocietyHeinlein Society Matching Funds

August 27, 2003: The Heinlein Prize Trust Makes Matching Funds Pledge  Read MoreRead More

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PattersonHeinlein Scholar Named

August 26, 2003: The Heinlein Prize Trust funds Heinlein Scholar Position at the University of California Santa Cruz. William H. Patterson, Jr. named first Heinlein Scholar.  Read MoreRead More

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