A large field of contenders from the full range of aviation and aerospace endeavors have been nominated for the 2018 Collier Trophy, arguably the most prestigious award in the industry. A total of 11 nominees have been approved for consideration and include: Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System (AGCAS), Bell V-280 Valor, Boeing T-X, Draken International Contracted Close Air Support & Adversary Air Services in Support of Combat Readiness Training, Embraer E190-E2, F-35 Integrated Test Force, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. Integration of Large UAS into Civil and International Airspace, NASA/JPL Mars Cube One (MarCO) Project Team,Perlan Project,Responsive Environmental Assessment Commercially Hosted (REACH) Project and the Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two Program.
Last year’s winner was the Cirrus SF50 Vision personal jet. Every year the National Aeronautic Association awards the prize for “the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America.” Previous winners have included the crew of Apollo 11, Orville Wright, the International Space Station and the Gulfstream G650.