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Sir Arthur Clarke Award

Sir Arthur Clarke Awards 2006

The Sir Arthur Clarke Award is a British award given annually in recognition of notable contributions to space exploration, particularly British achievements. Founded in 2005, it was devised by Dave Wright and Jerry Stone and is independent of and separate from awards given by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation. Nominations for the awards are made by members of the public, with shortlists drawn up by a panel of judges, who also choose the winner. The award was established with the permission of Sir Arthur Clarke, who also chose a special award independently of the public nominations prior to his death on 18 March 2008.

Initially the awards were presented at the UK Space Conference (the British Rocketry Oral History Programme until it was renamed in 2008) which was held annually at Charterhouse School, Surrey, from 1998 to 2010. The association with the conference continues but only in alternate years, as the conference has been bi-annual since 2011.

The award has the same proportions (1:4:9) as the monolith featured in Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey, and is made of glass. It features the diagram Clarke drew in 1945 in order to demonstrate how satellites can provide global communications around the Earth from geostationary orbit, also called the Clarke Orbit. It was co-designed by Jerry Stone and Howard Berry.

Not all categories are awarded each year; 2008 was the first year in which nominations were shortlisted in the category of Best Film Presentation. An additional award was given in 2007 and 2008 that was named after and presented by George Abbey, the former director of the Johnson Space Center. It was awarded to those "whose space achievement made us laugh the most".[1]

The award ceremony is similar to the Oscars in that multiple awards are given in various categories at the same event, which is different from other awards given in the field. As a result, the awards have been referred to as the Arthurs[2] and are known as the Space equivalent of the Oscars. The awards are held in high regard by the international Space community:

The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards are held in great esteem and it is a huge honour to have been nominated. It was a fantastic surprise when we heard the news and we are very flattered.

— Dr Andy Newsam, Director of the National Schools' Observatory, Sir Arthur Clarke award for NSO, 28 March 2008.

This award is very nice... I thank all of you for this grand night and this grand award.

— Ray Bradbury, Sir Patrick Moore and the Sky at Night win Sir Arthur Clarke Awards, Brian May, 19 April 2007.



[3] The 2017 awards were presented at a gala dinner at the 2017 UK Space Conference, held at Manchester Central on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Category Recipient
Space Achievement – Industry/Project Team (Large Projects) Airbus Gaia Team
Space Achievement – Industry/Project Team (Small Projects) Oxford Nanopore Technologies Team
Space Achievement – Industry/Project Individual Alan Bond, Reaction Engines
Space Achievement – Academic Study/Research UK Gaia Science Team
Space Achievement – Education and Outreach (Team) Science Museum Cosmonauts Exhibition Team (Ian Blatchford, Doug Millard, Natalia Sidlina, and Alexandra Smirnova)
Space Achievement – Education and Outreach (Individual) Kathie Bowden, UK Space Agency
Space Achievement – Student CranSpace Mars Flyby Team
Space Achievement – Media, broadcast and written Dallas Campbell, Science Television Presenter
Special Lifetime Space Achievement Piers Sellers
Lifetime Space Achievement Paul Flanagan, UKspace
International Achievement Roy Gibson, First Director General, European Space Agency


[4] The 2016 awards were presented at a gala dinner at the 2016 Reinventing Space Conference at The Royal Society on Thursday 27 October 2016. The event was sponsored by the UK Space Agency.

Category Recipient
Space Achievement – Special Award for Individual Outreach Tim Peake
Space Achievement – Education and Outreach The UK Space Agency Principia Education Team
Space Achievement – Media: Broadcast and written David Shukman, Science Editor, BBC News
Space Achievement – Education Mike Grocott
Space Achievement – Industry/Project Team The SSTL Galileo Team
Space Achievement – Industry/Project Individual Dave Honess
Space Achievement – Academic Study/Research Dr Harry Ward and The LISA Pathfinder Team, University Of Glasgow
Space Achievement – Student Joseph Dudley
Lifetime Achievement Pat Norris
International Achievement The Global VSAT Forum


[5] The 2015 awards were presented at the UK Space Conference Dinner in St George’s Hall, Liverpool on Tuesday 14 July 2015. They were sponsored by the UK Space Agency.

Category Recipient
Space Achievement – Industry/Project Team Beagle 2 Team
Space Achievement – Industry/Project Individual William Marshall, Planet Labs, San Francisco
Space Achievement – Academic Study/Research The Stardust Team, University Of Strathclyde
Space Achievement – Education and Outreach The Rosetta/Philae Outreach Team
Space Achievement – Student King’s College London Msc Students
Space Achievement – Media, broadcast and written Richard Hollingham, BBC Future
Lifetime Achievement Prof. J L Culhane, Mullard Space
International Achievement Dr Burton Edelson


[6] The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards 2014 were presented at an event at The Royal Aeronautical Society[7] on Wednesday 8 October 2014, by the Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, Dr David Parker.

Category Recipient
Space Achievement – Industry/Project Team The ESA/Industry Rosetta Team (members below)
Space Achievement – Industry/Project Individual John Ellwood – Ex ESA
Space Achievement – Academic Study/Research Prof Louise Harra, MSSL, UCL
Space Achievement – Education and Outreach Dr Lucie Green, Dept of Space & Climate Physics, MSSL, UCL
Space Achievement – Student The Cranspace Team: Idriss Sisaid, Enrique Gardia Bourne, Edward Anastassacos
Space Achievement – Media, Broadcast and Written Arrow Media – "Live from Space" series
Lifetime Achievement Colin Pillinger, Open University
International Achievement James Lovelock, Author and proposer of the Gaia hypothesis, UK

The specific ESA/Industry Rosetta team members who received the "Space Achievement - Industry/Project Team" award:

  • Dr. Andrea Accomazzo, Rosetta Flight Director, ESOC, Darmstadt
  • Dr. Paolo Ferri, Head of Mission Operations, ESOC, Darmstadt
  • Dr. Rainer Best, Rosetta Project Manager, Airbus DS, Friedrichshafen
  • Hans-Martin Hell, Rosetta Platform Manager, Airbus DS, Friedrichshafen
  • Rod Emery, Rosetta UK Platform Project Manager, Airbus DS, Stevenage
  • Phil McGoldrick, Rosetta UK Platform Engineering Manager, Airbus DS, Stevenage
  • Penny Irvine, Rosetta UK Platform System Engineer, Airbus DS, Stevenage
  • Dr. Stephan Ulamec, Philae Project Manager, DLR


[8] The 2013 awards were presented at the UK Space Conference at the Glasgow Science Centre, at a black tie dinner on 16 July hosted by Helen Keen. Tim Peake, the UK's ESA astronaut presented the awards to the recipients.

Category Recipient
Industry/Project Team Award e2v (presented to Richard Gibbs)
Industry/Project Individual Award Paul Flanagan of UK Space
Academic Study/Research Award Herschel-SPIRE Team (presented to Tanya Lim)
Student Award Rebecca Hayward of Hockerill Anglo European College
Education and Outreach Award Stuart Eves
Media Award Ben Gilliland of the Metro newspaper
Lifetime Achievement Award Professor Alan Wells, University of Leicester
International Award Dr. Joseph N. Pelton


As the UK Space Agency are only planning to run the space conference in alternate years, the 2012 awards were presented at a special event in the Cholmondeley Room at the House of Lords on 26 October 2012. The host was Lord Cobbold and the MC for the event was the impressionist Jon Culshaw.

Category Recipient
International Award Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director-General of the European Space Agency
Lifetime Achievement Paul Money
Space Activity - Academic Study / Research Rosetta Ptolemy Team
Space Activity - Industry SSTL NigeriaSat 2 Team
Space Education - Outreach Heather MacRae
Space Education - Student Achievement Charlotte Lücking
Space Media Space Boffins


The 2011 award took place at the UK Space Conference at the University of Warwick in July 2011.[9][10][11]

Category Recipient
Achievement in Space Education and Outrearch Unlimited Theatre for 'Mission to Mars'
Achievement in Space Research University of Strathclyde Advanced Space Concepts Lab
Achievement in Space Commerce Clyde Space
Achievement in Space Media Clive Horwood
Space Student Achievement Chris Brunskill
International Space Achievement David Thompson, Orbital Sciences Corporation
Exceptional Space Achievement Professor David Southwood


The award dinner was held on 27 March 2010 at the UK Space Conference at Charterhouse.[12]

Category Recipient
International Award International Space University[13]
Inspiration Award Anu Ojha[14]
Team of the year Qinetiq[15]
Individual Achievement Matt Griffin
Best Film/TV/Radio Presentation James May on the Moon
Best Space Reporting Jonathan Amos, BBC News Online
Education Becky Parker
Entrepreneur David Williams
Outreach The EADS STEM Ambassadors
Student Áron Kidsi
Special Award Roy Gibson, first Director-General of the European Space Agency


The 2009 Awards dinner was held on 4 April 2009 at the UK Space conference.[16][17]

Category Recipient
Achievement in Education Chris Welch, Kingston University[18]
Best Corporate/Team Achievement Automated Transfer Vehicle Team, John Ellwood: ATV project manager[19]
Best Individual Achievement Richard Garriott
Best Lifetime Achievement Professor Fred Taylor
Best Space Reporting BBC News Science Team, special citation for Paul Rincon
Best Student Achievement Dr David Boyce
Best TV/Radio Presentation Dan Walker, producer and director of BBC Four's The Satellite Story
Best Written Presentation Red Moon Rising, by Matthew Brzezinski
Inspiration Award Lord Drayson
Outreach Award for the Public Promotion of Space The UK IAC2008 Team
Special Award Alistair Scott


The 2008 Awards dinner was held on 29 March 2008 at Charterhouse. Special guests were George Abbey and Joe Engle.

The glass version of the George Abbey Award
Category Recipient
Best Corporate/Team Achievement Mars Express Team; Project Manager Rudi Schmidt
Best Individual Achievement Ian Taylor MP
Best Student Achievement Alison Gibbings
Best Space Reporting "Spaceflight" magazine; Editor Clive Simpson
Achievement in Education Faulkes Telescope Project; director Paul Roche
Inspiration Award Piers Sellers
Best Presentation, Film In the Shadow of the Moon; Director David Sington & Christopher Riley
Best Presentation, TV & Radio Martin Redfern and Heather Couper: "Britain's Space Race"
Best Presentation, Written David A. Baker: Jane's Spaceflight Directory
Outreach Award for the Public Promotion of Space Margaret Aderin-Pocock
Space Entrepreneur Alan Bond
Lifetime Achievement Sir Martin Sweeting, Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
George Abbey Award A glass version of the award presented to two members of the Rocket Men team in replacement for the paper versions given the previous year (see 2007 Awards below/picture (right)).


The 2007 Awards dinner was held on 14 April 2007 at the BROHP conference at Charterhouse.[20]

Category Recipient
Best Corporate/Team Achievement The Mars Exploration Rovers Team
Best Individual Achievement Steve Squyres
Best Space Reporting Robin Scagell
Achievement in Education The International Space School Educational Trust
Inspiration Award Sir Patrick Moore
Best Presentation, TV & Radio The Sky At Night
Best Presentation, Written Charles S. Cockell: Space on Earth
Outreach Award for the Public Promotion of Space Lord Sainsbury
Lifetime Achievement Eric "Winkle" Brown
Special Award Ray Bradbury
George Abbey award[21] The Rocket Men Team that made a Space Shuttle out of a Reliant Robin for the BBC TV series Top Gear[22]

Among the other nominees were Anousheh Ansari, and the British-born astronaut Piers Sellers.


The 2006 Awards dinner was held on 8 April 2006 at the BROHP conference at Charterhouse.[23]

Category Recipient
Best Corporate/Team Achievement The UK Huygens Industry Team
Best Individual Achievement David Parker
Best Student Achievement Sabrina Pottinger
Achievement in Education Alex Blackwood
Inspiration Award Michael Foale
Best Presentation, TV & Radio Space Race
Best Presentation, Written Alan Lawrie: Saturn
Outreach Award for the Public Promotion of Space The PPARC Communication Team
Lifetime Achievement Reginald Turnill

Among the other nominees were Sir Richard Branson, and the Robson Green drama television series Rocket Man.


Presented at the inaugural awards dinner at Charterhouse, Saturday 2 April 2005.[24]

Category Recipient
Best Corporate Achievement EADS Space
Best Individual Achievement John Zarnecki
Best Student Achievement Julia Tizard
Best Space Reporting David Whitehouse
Achievement in Education National Space Centre
Inspiration Award George Scoon
Best Presentation, TV & Radio Christopher Riley, producer: Space Odyssey: Voyage To The Planets
Best Presentation, Written David A. Hardy and Patrick Moore: Futures—50 Years in Space
Outreach Award for the Public Promotion of Space Colin Pillinger
Special Award British Interplanetary Society

Sir Arthur was also presented with a special award commemorating the 60th anniversary of his paper on global communication by satellite in the October 1945 edition of Wireless World. This award was accepted on behalf of Sir Arthur by his brother Fred.

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "UK Space Conference 2017". Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  4. ^ Society, British Interplanetary. "The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards 2016". Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "UK Space Conference 2015". Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  6. ^ Society, British Interplanetary. "Sir Arthur Clarke Awards 2014 Winners". Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "The British Interplanetary Society: Sir Arthur Clarke Awards 2005-2014". British Interplanetary Society. 5 April 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Ben. "Sir Arthur Clarke Awards 2013 Winners". Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  9. ^ Nominees shortlisted for Sir Arthur Clarke Awards, UK Space Agency press release, 14 June 2011.
  10. ^ UK Space Conference 2011 Dinner and the Sir Arthur Clarke Awards 2011,, May 2011.
  11. ^ UK ESA astronaut Tim Peake presents Sir Arthur Clarke awards at UK Space Conference 2011, UK Space Agency press release, 5 July 2011.
  12. ^ "Wayback Machine" (PDF). 2 March 2011. Archived from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  13. ^ "ISU Receives the International Sir Arthur Clarke Award". Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  14. ^ In the news - Anu Ojha, Times Educational Supplement, 30 April 2010.
  15. ^ "QinetiQ ion propulsion team recognised with Sir Arthur Clarke award for contribution to space exploration". Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  16. ^ "BBC NEWS - Science & Environment - BBC science wins 'Arthur' awards". Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  17. ^ "Sir Arthur Clarke Award nominations 2009 - Rocketeers". Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  18. ^ "Finding Water On The Moon Has Major Implications For Human Space Exploration". Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 October 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  21. ^ Following a presentation by the Rocket Men Team about their activities, the day before the awards ceremony, George Abbey felt that they deserved an award. As there was not enough time to have a glass award made and etched, Jerry Stone made a paper version.
  22. ^ "Top Gear Production notes: Reliant Robin - space shuttle". BBC. Archived from the original on 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  23. ^ "2006 Sir Arthur Clarke Award Winners Announced". British National Space Centre. 12 April 2006. Retrieved 2008-04-09. 
  24. ^ Individual Awards For CEPSAR Members At The Inaugural Sir Arthur Clarke Award Archived 8 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine., Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research, Open University, page retrieved 8 May 2011.

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