The Dirk Brouwer Award was established to honor significant technical contributions to space flight mechanics and astrodynamics and to recognize Dirk Brouwer’s outstanding role in celestial mechanics and his widespread influence on workers in space flight and astrodynamics. Dirk Brouwer was an inspiring leader in the field of celestial mechanics during a period that saw a revival and flowering of that discipline, from its purely academic and esoteric role to one of widespread development and application in man’s exploration of space. He was successful as a researcher, as a teacher, and as an administrator. He always strove to make the growth of his subject truly international. The Space Flight Mechanics Committee selects the recipient of this award. Please see the specific nomination criteria at the bottom of the page.
- 2019 – Robert Melton, for excellence in developing the first fully three-dimensional, time-explicit representation of relative motion between spacecraft on elliptical orbits.