Space Awareness

The Space Foundation builds awareness of the benefits of space through multiple activities. Our two flagship programs are Space Certification™ and the Space Technology Hall of Fame®.

Certification Partners

Space Certification makes space more interesting and accessible to everyone by demonstrating how space technologies improve life on Earth. Products and services that display the Space Certification seal stemmed from or were dramatically improved by technologies originally developed for space exploration. Plus, we certify products that teach people about the value of space utilization.

In 2012, we welcomed new partners:

New Certified Education Partners: 

  • Space Education - MatchWits and Homework Hotline by Rocky Mountain PBS 
  • We Want Our Future

New Certified Imagination Partners: 

  • ScienSonic by ScienSonic Laboratories 
  • The Space Collective 

New Certified Technology Partners: 

  • Leaf Lock/Snap Lock Gutter System by TRUSS Building Products
  • Lightning Switch/ PulseStar Lighting Systems by Pulse Switch Systems, LLC
  • Modular Air Revitalization System (MARS) by Paragon Space Development Corporation®

To learn more about - and see a full list of - Space Cerification partners, click here.

Spinoff Features Inductees

Six Space Technology Hall of Fame inductees, three of which are also Certified Space Technologies, were featured in NASA's Spinoff publication, a glossy magazine that reveals how the space agency's ingenuity and partnerships have saved thousands of lives, generated billions of dollars and created thousands of jobs. The featured Space Technology Hall of Fame Inductees were:

  • Rotating Bioreactors (the basic technology for 2011 inductee Intrifuge CellXpansion, provided by Regenetech) 
  • Digital Fly-by-Wire Technology (2010 inductee) 
  • Petroleum Remediation Technology (2008 inductee)
  • Microbial Check-Valve Water Purification Systems (2007 inductee)
  • iRobot PackBot Tactical Mobile Robot (2006 inductee)
  • Fabric Roof Structures (1989 inductee)

Space Technologies Part of Space Symposium Teacher Workshops

Technologies derived from space research served as a major topic during the Teacher Liaison workshop at the 28th National Space Symposium. Breakout sessions included:

  • Elementary school: water purification presented by Water Security Corporation
  • Middle school: web-based astronomy presented by SLOOH
  • High school: Accelerometers presented by the Space Foundation with supporting materials from Rex Gauge 

In addition, teachers were able to review Play Attention, from Unique Logic and Technology, an innovative feedback video game device that helps people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

AMOS has Space Technology Focus

The Space Foundation incorporated space spinoff technology discussions into the AMOS conference in Maui, Hawai'i, in September. Director - Space Awareness Kevin Cook moderated a panel on the impact of space technology transfer and commercialization.

The Space Technology Hall of Fame increases public awareness of the benefits of space exploration and encourages further innovation. As of the 2012 induction, we have inducted 67 technologies and honored hundreds of organizations and individuals who transformed space technology into commercial products that improve the quality of life for all humanity. Three separate events during the 28th National Space Symposium honored the organizations and individuals who commercialized the two space technologies, including a private induction ceremony, a reception and the Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner.

Space Technology Hall of Fame Inducts Two Diverse Technologies  

FLEXIBLE AEROGEL, a low-density, lightweight insulating material originally developed as a barrier to the extreme temperatures during launches and in space, is now used in industrial, construction, refrigeration, automotive, medical and commercial applications. Developed by the Cryogenics Test Laboratory at Kennedy Space Center and the startup company Aspen Systems Inc., three variations - Cryogel, Pyrogel and Spaceloft, are used in products including athletic shoe insoles, insulating medical wrap and home insulation.

FIREWATCH, our first purely non-U.S. inductee, is an optical detection system originally used to analyze comet gas and particle emissions that is now used to detect forest fires before they can cause serious environmental damage. Developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Berlin-based IQ Wireless, FireWatch uses high-resolution optical sensors installed on towers or masts connected to remote central offices that can distinguish more than 16,000 scales of grey to spot developing fires in any weather, day or night. The detection rate is greater than 90 percent and alert timeframes are six minutes during daylight and 12 minutes at night. FireWatch protects more than seven million acres of forests around the world.

To learn more about the Space Technology Hall of Fame, click here.