2010 Arthur C. Clarke Awards Honor Giuliano Berretta and S. Pete Worden

April 27, 2010

Washington, D.C.: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 – The Washington D.C.-based Arthur C. Clarke Foundation today honored the 2010 winners of the Arthur C. Clarke Awards. As in past years, two Awards were presented.

The “Arthur C. Clarke Lifetime Achievement Award” recognizes “an individual, a group or an entity that exemplifies the values and accomplishments of Sir Arthur’s life. The award honors substantial and enduring contributions that relate the sciences and arts in meeting the challenges of contemporary life and the needs of tomorrow.”

The 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Eutelsat’s Giuliano Berretta, selected by the Foundation for his longstanding advocacy of commercial satellite communications. During his exceptional career at the European Space Agency and at Eutelsat, the Foundation considered that three key drivers have constantly motivated Giuliano: the pursuit of technical innovation, a quest for developing economically viable applications of real value for users, and the need to maintain a responsible attitude to resources in space.

Berretta’s own vision and ambition for the “Clarke Belt” in geostationary orbit has played a pivotal role in building a globally profitable commercial satellite sector, which has transformed television broadcasting markets, the performance of global data networks, access to the Internet, and the efficiency of critical relief operations.

Eutelsat and Berretta’s indebtedness to Clarke was affirmed in 2000 when the company’s SESAT1 satellite was dedicated to him and his vision for the geostationary orbit mapped out in 1945 in his landmark article in Wireless World. The “Arthur C. Clarke Innovator’s Award” recognizes “initiatives or new inventions that have had recent impact on or hold particular promise for satellite communications and society, and stand as distinguished examples of innovative thinking.”

This year’s Innovator’s Award winner is S. Pete Worden, selected by the Foundation for his many decades of leadership in space exploration.

Worden is a recognized expert on space issues and has written or co-written more than 150 scientific technical papers in astrophysics, space sciences and strategic studies. Worden has also served as a scientific co-investigator for two NASA space science missions. He received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for the 1994 Clementine Mission and was selected as the 2009 Federal Laboratory Consortium Laboratory Director of the Year.

Before being named Ames Center Director, Worden worked as a research professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona, and retired from the United States Air Force as a Brigadier General after 29 years of service.

“This year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award winners are splendid reminders of Sir Arthur’s limitless horizons,” Foundation chairman Tedson J. Meyers said. “Giuliano Berretta, an Italian with a lifetime of communications experience throughout Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa, and Pete Worden, an American who comprehends the boldest steps spaceward beyond our current frontiers.

“In Mr. Berretta, we have a man who has expanded delivery of innovative services to populations long underserved,” Meyers continued. “In General Worden, we have a man who has expanded our ambitions for the capabilities space technology offers us. We are delighted that both have accepted the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Awards.”

Past Clarke Lifetime Achievement winners are inventor and futurist Raymond Kurzweil, CBS Evening News anchorman Walter Cronkite, science fiction writer Ben Bova; former Matra Marconi Space board chairman Claude Goumy; retired Space Systems Loral chairman Robert Berry; and first Intelsat director general, Santiago Astrain.

Clarke Innovator winners include Cornell University professor and Mars Rover program team leader Steven Squyres, Bigelow Aerospace’s Robert Bigelow, for leading the way for private sector entrepreneurs willing to advance space exploration and activity with minimum reliance on government programs, Dr. Brad Edwards, for leading in the design of a space elevator to move cargo to the Clarke Orbit from the Earth’s surface; and D.K. Sachdev and Dr. S. Joseph Campanella, for designing and implementing the world’s first audio broadcasting (Worldspace) satellite.

The 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Awards were presented before an invited audience at Intelsat headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, April 27, 2010.

For information, contact Foundation Secretary Scott Chase at scottchase@verizon.net or 301-879-1613.