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AIAA award to be presented at AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

August 13, 2007 -- Reston, VA -- The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is proud to announce that Dr. Shannon Coffey will receive the AIAA Mechanics and Control of Flight Award during the August 19-23 American Astronautical Society (AAS)/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference at the Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

The award will recognize Dr. Shannon Coffey for developments in parallel processing that have resulted in a significant improvement in the U.S. capability in space situational awareness, and consists of an engraved medal, a certificate of citation, and a rosette pin.

Coffey received his PhD in mathematics from the University of Cincinnati. Since graduation he has worked for the Naval Research Laboratory as a mathematician and head of the Mathematics and Orbit Dynamics Section. Coffey's research has been devoted to classical satellite orbit theory and computational techniques for satellite orbit determination for space object cataloging. He has also been involved in mission planning and operations of space systems.

The conference is organized by the AAS Space Flight Mechanics Committee and the AIAA Astrodynamics Technical Committee.


For more information about this award or the AIAA Honors and Award program, please contact Carol Stewart at or at 703/264-7623.

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