Fellowship in Aerospace History Recipients
The Fellowship in Aerospace History, supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), annually funds one or more research projects for six to nine months. Proposals for advanced research in history related to all aspects of aerospace, from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, are eligible, including cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and history of science, engineering, and management. The fellowship is open to applicants who already hold a doctoral degree in history or a closely related field, as well as those who have completed all course work for a doctoral degree-granting program.
2014 NASA Fellowship
Brian M. Jirout, One Space Age Development for the World: The American Landsat Civil Remote Sensing Program in Use, 1964–2014
Jirout is researching the political and international history of NASA’s Landsat Earth observation satellite program during and after the Cold War. His study traces the evolution of the program from an experimental project into a commercial venture, which became suspended in political debate between the national security establishment and the scientific community. He situates Landsat internationally as an instrument of foreign relations that fostered the use of remote sensing technology abroad through data packages, expertise, and ground stations. Jirout suggests the Landsat program is a useful case study for understanding science and technology policy change since the 1960s.