Collier Trophy Nominees Listed
Nine aviation and aerospace projects will compete for the 2013 Robert J. Collier Trophy, the National Aeronautic Association announced this week. The nominees are: Pratt & Whitney's PurePower geared turbofan engine, the P-8A Poseidon aircraft in development by Boeing for the U.S. Navy, the X51a scramjet demonstrator, the X-47B unmanned combat air system demonstrator, the Atlas/Gamera human-powered helicopter project, NASA's Deep Space Network, the NASA lunar laser communications demonstration project, the Voyager project team, and the Orbital Sciences commercial orbital transportation services program.
The trophy, which has been awarded annually for 102 years, has been given to such projects as the B-52, the Gulfstream V and the International Space Station, and to individuals including Chuck Yeager, Scott Crossfield, Howard Hughes, and the crew of Apollo 11. The 2012 trophy went to the NASA/JPL team that sent the Curiosity rover to Mars. The 2013 winner will be announced March 18, and the formal presentation of the trophy will take place May 8 in Arlington, Va. More details about each of this year's nominees can be found in the NAA news release (PDF).