Webb Telescope Wins 2022 Collier


The 2022 Collier Trophy has been awarded to the James Webb Space Telescope Team. The massive effort, led by Northrop Grumman, resulted in a device that can peer literally back to the origins of the universe in startling detail. “In a matter of months, Webb has changed our understanding of the universe, and many more discoveries lie ahead,” said Kathy Warden, chair, chief executive officer and president at Northrop Grumman. 

The Collier, presented by the National Aeronautic Association, is generally considered to be aviation’s most prestigious award and has been won by the likes of Orville and Wilbur Wright, Chuck Yeager and, in 2021, the NASA/JPL Ingenuity Team. “The James Webb Space Telescope integrates multiple advanced technologies into a system with unprecedented capabilities,” said NAA Chairman Jim Albaugh. “Its use will accelerate humankind’s understanding of the world we live in and help unlock the mysteries of the universe. The team is truly deserving of this great honor.” The prize is awarded annually to the “greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. A great choice. Like all previous recipients, those who are awarded this trophy are the best examples of advancing aviation and space.

  2. Yeah, some years the choice is tough, but not so much this year. An instrument like this comes along once in a generation.