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The Sacknoff Prize for Space History

Now Accepting Papers: Deadline 26 November 2019

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To encourage research and writing effort among university students in the area of space history

Students must be enrolled at educational institutions (upper-class undergraduate or graduate level) at the time of submittal. Papers already published or scheduled for publication will NOT be accepted.

  • A cash prize of $300 and a plaque.
  • The winning paper will be published in Quest: The History of Spaceflight
  • A free one-year subscription to Quest: The History of Spaceflight
  • Invitation to present at the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Aerospace Special Interest Group (Albatross)

    Submissions must be postmarked by 26 November 2019
    Winners will be announced in December.

    Criteria for Submission
  • Manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words (including notes) and should be typed, double-spaced and in English.
  • Submissions should emphasize in-depth research, with adequate citations of the sources utilized.
  • Originality of ideas is important.
  • Diagrams, graphs, images, or photographs may be included and should include appropriate captions and credits.
  • Although works must be historical in character, they can draw on methods of disciplines other than history, eg. cultural studies, literature, communications, economics, engineering, science, etc. Comparative or international studies of the history of spaceflight are encouraged.
  • Possible subjects include, but are not limited to historical aspects of space companies and their leaders, regulation of the space business, financial and economic aspects of the space industry, the social effects of spaceflight, space technology development, the space environment, and space system design, engineering, and safety.

    Submittal Instructions
    - Submissions must be electronic and importable into Word or Adobe PDF format and sent to quest@spacehistory101.com
    - A cover letter should be included stating the student's address, including email address, school, program, advisor, and stage in studies. The student should indicate how the paper submitted related to his or her professional future.

    Prize Committee
    Includes the editor of Quest: The History of Spaceflight and members of the Society for the History of Technology Aerospace Committee (SHOT/Albatross)


    2018 - None

    2017 - Haris Durrani, Columbia Law School
    "Our Window on the World: Life in the Orbital Heterotopia of the International Space Station"

    2016 - Tracee Haupt, University of Maryland
    "The NASA Art Program: Technology, Art, and Conflicting Visions of Progress, 1962-1973"

    2015 - Kerrie Dougherty, University of New South Wales, Australia
    "Spaceport Woomera: The Anglo-Australian Vision of Woomera Rocket Range as Spaceport"

    - Eric Fenrich, University of California, Santa Barbara
    "Detente and Dissent: Apollo-Soyuz, Ruth Bates Harris, and NASA's Rhetoric of Cooperation"

    - Jordan Bimm, York University
    "Rethinking the Overview Effect"

    - Amy Paige Kaminski
    "Explorers We? The Making, Unmaking, and Public Involvement Legacy of NASA's Space Flight Participant Program

    2011 - Megan Ansdell, George Washington University, Space Policy Institute
    "Language Protocols in International Human Spaceflight"-- A historical survey of language protocols and issues on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, Shuttle-Mir, and International Space Station.

    About Scott Sacknoff
    Scott Sacknoff has been involved in the space community for the past two decades as an engineer, analyst, financier, and entrepreneur specializing in the commercialization and business of space. Mr. Sacknoff is best known as the author of the "State of the Space Industry" market analyses produced from 1996 through 2005, the "North American Space Directory" (produced from 1993 to 2006), and from his efforts leading the International Space Business Council. He won a Ben Franklin award for his book "Space Careers" (co-authored with Leonard David) and was nominated for an AAS Emme award as editor of "In Their Own Words", a collection of interviews with astronauts and other key space figures. Currently, Mr. Sacknoff manages the SPADE Defense Index (www.spadeindex.com), an investment benchmark for the defense, homeland security, and government space sectors and volunteers as publisher of Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly.

    About Quest: The History of Spaceflight

    Published quarterly since 1992, Quest exists to capture the stories and behind-the scenes insight of the people, projects, politics, and programs that made the journey into space possible -- whether civil, military, commercial, or international. More information on Quest can be found at http://www.spacehistory101.com

    Rights and Legal

    By submitting an article, the author assigns rights of the material provided to the publisher of Quest, including but not limited to, its use in an upcoming issue of Quest and the right to reprint in future publications both print and/or electronic.

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