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Heinlein Prize for Advances in Space Commercialization

The Heinlein Prize for Advances in Space Commercialization, generally known as the Heinlein Prize, was founded in 1988 to reward individuals who make practical contributions to the commercialization of space. The Heinlein Prize, offers a cash award of $500,000 to one or more individuals for practical accomplishments in the field of commercial space activities awarded by the Heinlein Prize Trust.[1]

Trustees for the award emphasize that the prize, which will be given as often as annually, is for effort by an individual or group of people, not government or corporate sponsored activities, and is intended to be worldwide in scope. The prize is awarded in July.

The Heinlein Prize honors the memory of Robert A. Heinlein, one of the most popular science fiction writers of the 20th century. The trust was established soon after his death in 1988 by his widow, Virginia Gerstenfeld Heinlein, whose estate will fund the prize.



2006 - Peter Diamandis, for accomplishments in commercial space activities[2]

2011 - Elon Musk, for advances in space commercialization[3]

2016 - Jeff Bezos, for his vision and leadership in commercial space activities that have led to historic firsts and reusability in the commercial spaceflight industry[4]

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  1. ^ Carreau, Mark (2006-05-25). "Leader in space tourism wins prize". Houston Chronicle.
  2. ^ Baxter, Amy (2006-07-07). "The Heinlein Prize for Advances in Space Commercialization Awarded to Dr. Peter H. Diamandis". The Heinlein Prize. Archived from the original on 2008-05-12.
  3. ^ Dula, Art (2011-06-16). "Heinlein Prize Honors Elon Musk of SpaceX". The Heinlein Prize.
  4. ^ ericgignac (2016-06-21). "JEFF BEZOS NAMED HEINLEIN PRIZE RECIPIENT". The Heinlein Prize. Archived from the original on 2016-06-25.

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