All complete nominations on file at the SpaceOps Secretariat by the deadline date will go forward to the SpaceOps Awards Group (AG) subcommittee for review. The Subcommittee is charged with oversight of the awards program including maintenance of the award criteria and procedures, the selection process, etc.

No nominator, nominee, nor reference for a nomination currently being considered may participate on the AG in the evaluation of the nominees or selection of the award recipient.

If no nominee is fully qualified for the award, the AG may determine that the award shall not be given out that year. Allowing for a non-recipient demonstrates the intended significance and persistent quality of the award such that it is not given out to just the best of the non-qualified nominees.

The SpaceOps Executive Committee and Committee-at-Large must endorse the proposed award recipient.