Dr. David Baker – Winner of the Frederick I Ordway III Award

Winner of the Frederick I Ordway III Award, presented at the von Braun lecture at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in October 2017, Dr. David Baker is recognized for a sustained excellence in space coverage, through books and articles, as well as engagement in the early US space program.

David Baker

Dr. Baker joined the space program during Apollo and worked to develop advanced concepts for keeping astronauts on the moon for extended periods of time. Later, Dr. Baker worked on development of NASA’s Space Shuttle and later, during the 1980s, to commercialize payloads and to integrate aerospace technologies in India and other Asian countries. Dr. Baker has written several hundred articles and more than 100 books on air and space histories, including The Rocket and The History of Manned Spaceflight.

Dr. Baker appears regularly in electronic media and has been editor of Aerospace Review, Jane’s Aircraft Upgrades and Jane’s Space Directory.

He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS), where he chairs the BIS Publications Committee, serves as Editor of Spaceflight and oversees publication of the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society. In 1986 Dr. Baker was elected as a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). He received the 1998 Rolls-Royce Award for Aerospace Journalist of the Year.

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