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The 2014 Collier Trophy Nominees

The Robert J. Collier Trophy is a yearly contest sponsored by the National Aeronautic Association for achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in the United States. The awards have covered everything from the crews of Apollo 11 and Apollo 8 to the Boeing 747, the Cessna Citation, and the F-22. The Selection Committee for this prestigious award includes representatives from the world’s leading aerospace companies including Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and Bombardier Aerospace. For 2014, a total of seven products, programs, and people were nominated for the Collier Trophy.

This year the nominees are:

•  Alan Eustace and the StratEx Team The Stratospheric Explorer (StratEx) project is developing technology for exploring high altitude exploration of over 100,000 feet from a self-contained system. In 2014, the group accomplished a milestone when Alan Eustace, a Google executive, ascended in a helium balloon and jumped from a record-breaking height in service of this project.

•  Embraer Legacy 500 Certified as of 2014, this mid-sized jet is currently the largest in its class and is able to transport eight passengers across the United States at speeds reaching Mach .80.

•  F-16 Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance Team This team developed a new flight control system which allows pilots to more safely maneuver and better control their landings into terrain. This software is currently being integrated into the Air Force’s fleet of F-16s.

•  General Aviation Joint Steering Committee Established in 1997 as a collaboration between the government (the Federal Aviation Administration) and private interests in the aviation industry, the GAJSC is devoted to reducing the number of accidents and fatalities within general aviation. The committee collects data on collisions and organizes education and training programs.

•  Gulfstream G650 Entering service in 2012, the G650 is an entirely new, clean-sheet design business jet boasting the private jet industry’s highest maximum speed at Mach 0.92 and largest size with a length of 100 feet. In 2014, an extended range version with a 4,000 pound increase in fuel capacity was released – the G650ER –which is capable of covering a distance of 7,500 nautical miles.

•  Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 Built by NASA, the Orion spacecraft is a developing vehicle for transporting humans further into the depths of outer space. In 2014, the Orion underwent a flight and critical safety systems test in Cape Canaveral after being launched from a Delta IV heavy rocket.

•  Orion UAS Team Built by Aurora Flight Sciences, the Orion UAS will be a long-endurance unmanned aircraft system capable of loitering for five days at an altitude of 20,000 feet and with a 1,000 pound payload.

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