SpaceX President Gwen Shotwell presented the 2023 National Space Trophy

SpaceX's president Gwynne Shotwell
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SpaceX President and Chief Operations Officer Gwen Shotwell has been honored with the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) Foundation’s 2023 National Space Trophy. RNASA will hold a black-tie banquet honoring Ms. Shotwell in Houston on April 28, 2023.

Each year an American who has made significant contributions to the US space exploration program is honored with RNASA’s National Space Trophy. The foundation was established in 1985 by the Space Center Rotary Club of Houston, Texas to organize and coordinate an annual event to recognize outstanding achievements in space and to create greater public awareness of the benefits of space exploration.

Shotwell was named to oversee SpaceX’s Starship program and Starbase facilities in November 2022.

Gwen Shotwell of SpaceX to oversee the Starship program, the Starbase facility

Nominations for the National Space Trophy are voted on by the Foundation’s Advisory Board, a group that includes people involved in the space program. NASA center directors, space corporation presidents, news media, political leaders and previous trophy winners are among those serving on the foundation’s advisory board.

Ms. Shotwell was nominated for the award by Rob Meyerson, founder and CEO of Delaloon Space. Meyerson described him as “a strong leader, engineer and trusted partner to NASA, the Air Force, the national security community and commercial customers.”

“The RNASA Foundation is excited to recognize Ms. Shotwell as the guest of honor at the 2023 Space Awards Gala,” said RNASA Foundation President Rodolfo Gonzalez.

In 2002, Ms. Shotwell joined SpaceX as its first vice president of business development. He was among the company’s first dozen employees and was primarily responsible for selling launches to commercial and government customers prior to SpaceX’s operational rockets.

In 2008, he became President and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX and continues in that role today. Under his leadership, SpaceX achieved several historic milestones, including helping NASA Return of the human spaceship in the United States in 2020.

In addition to the award, Ms. Shotwell will be honored with a professional portrait that will later be displayed at Space Center Houston and an Omega watch. RNASA has extended an invitation to members of the public who are interested Tables can be reserved In one of three tiers: Platinum, Gold or Silver. Tables are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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SpaceX President Gwen Shotwell presented the 2023 National Space Trophy

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