Honours & Awards

The BIS offers and awards a number of medals and awards, and supports the Sir Arthur Clarke Awards.  We believe that such prizes offer a way to recognise excellence, highlight innovation, and celebrate the work of exceptional and dedicated individuals.  The BIS’s own awards are evaluated through our Fellowship and Awards Committee, before recommendations are made to Council.

BIS Medals and Awards

  • PATRICK MOORE MEDAL

The Patrick Moore medal was made possible by long time Fellow of the BIS, Sir Patrick Moore, to recognise outstanding contributions to the Society.

  • GOLD MEDAL

The Gold Medal is awarded for famous achievements in Space. The Gold Medal is awarded to persons who have headed astronautical teams over a period of years, and is to recognise the achievement of the individual and the team of which they led.

  • SILVER AWARD

Silver Awards is awarded to commemorate special feats in space exploration or advancement. The physical award would take some form appropriate to the achievement they honoured – generally in the form of a small model or plaque.

  • HONORARY FELLOWSHIP

Honorary Fellowship is the highest honour awarded by the BIS, made to those who have contributed to the development of astronautics and to support for the BIS. The total number of Honorary Fellows is limited to no more than 10 individuals.

  • BIS UK-BORN ASTRONAUT SILVER PIN AWARD

Introduced in 2009, this BIS silver pin award recognises the achievement of UK- born individuals who have undertaken a spaceflight into full Earth orbit.