ESC architect Dave Israel with family, friends and astronaut Jeanette Epps at the Silver Snoopy award ceremony. Credit: NASA/Katherine Schauer
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Enhancing Exploration: ESC Architect Wins Silver Snoopy Award

By Katherine Schauer

November 5, 2018

On Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, Dave Israel, the Exploration and Space Communications projects division’s lead architect, was awarded one of NASA’s highest honors, the Space Flight Awareness Silver Snoopy Award. This award, which is given to less than one percent of NASA employees, honors those who make tremendous contributions to NASA’s human spaceflight initiative. Dave was recognized for his contributions over the years in developing, enhancing and expanding communications technologies.

The intimate ceremony commemorated three NASA employees, who dedicate their time and energy to improving and evolving upon current NASA capabilities. They were recognized by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s deputy director George Morrow and astronaut Jeanette Epps, who both spoke to the recipients’ passionate support of human spaceflight in areas of innovation, safety and communications.  

Surrounded by family and friends, the recipients were given a Silver Snoopy pin, each of which was flown in space on a recent NASA mission. During the ceremony, managers spoke to each of the recipients’ accomplishments. Exploration and Space Communications deputy program manager of implementation Mark Brumfield spoke to Dave’s outstanding leadership and continued determination to explore new concepts such as optical communications and disruption-tolerant networking.