David Thompson (Credit: Orbital ATK)
HOUSTON (Rotary The Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) Foundation has selected Mr. David W. Thompson, Retired President and CEO of Orbital ATK, to receive the 2019 National Space Trophy. The banquet honoring Mr. Thompson will be held on April 26, 2019, at the Houston Hyatt Regency in Houston, Texas.
Rodolfo González, President of the RNASA Foundation said, “The RNASA Foundation is extremely excited about recognizing Mr. Thompson as the guest of honor at the 2019 RNASA Space Award Gala.”
Mr. Thompson was nominated for the award by Captain Frank Culbertson (U.S. Navy, ret.), of Northrop Grumman Corporation. In recommending Thompson, Culbertson cited his “four decades of outstanding leadership and pioneering innovations in the development and operation of launch vehicles and satellite systems, which have transformed scientific, exploratory, commercial and defense applications of space.”
Thompson said, “It is with great enthusiasm, and even greater humility, that I accept the 2019 National Space Trophy! My heart-felt thanks to the RNASA Board of Advisors for selecting me for this highly-regarded honor.”
Thompson began his four-decade long career in space technology as a young engineer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in 1978, following summer internships during ...