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Hickman alum recognized for spacecraft navigation engineering

Daniel O'Shaughnessy, a 1994 graduate of Hickman High School and an engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, has been awarded the Heinlein Award for his development of solar sailing, a spacecraft navigational technique that uses solar radiation pressure to control a spacecraft. The Heinlein Prize Trust recognizes space-tested technologies that can benefit commercial space activities. The technique was recently used during the Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) mission to enable the spacecraft to be inserted into Mercury's orbit. O'Shaughnessy, who is now MESSENGER's Mission Systems Engineer, will be presented his award at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, in November. Learn more about the MESSENGER spacecraft