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Space Technology Hall of Fame

Inducted Technologies

The Space Technology Hall of Fame® comprises many extraordinary innovations - all derived from or significantly improved by space research or exploration. Learn about the inducted technologies and the innovators here. You can scroll through all the years or find something specific using the handy search bar above. 

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2008

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Space technology is now helping diagnose and monitor treatments for hardening of the arteries before it causes heart attacks and strokes. Advanced video imaging software developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory provides remarkably accurate and imagery of our solar system and has laid the groundwork for understanding images of all kinds. ArterioVision software is a direct benefit of this space technology. Used with non-invasive ultrasound examinations, ArterioVision software accurately measures the thickness of the inner...
Spills and leaks of all kinds threaten water resources around the world. Today a new technology provides safe and permanent removal of petroleum-based pollutants from water. The basic delivery system grew out of NASA biological encapsulation research and the orbital production of microspheres so uniformly precise they provide calibration standards for scientific and industrial equipment. Industry scientists worked with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Marshall Space Flight Center to develop Petroleum Remediation Product or PRP. PRP can be spread over water or soil to absorb, contain, and...
Collaboration between NASA, the United States Army and private industry led to both significant improvement and an important new application for a remarkable medical device called ResQPOD. Successfully used by NASA to treat orthostatic intolerance - a condition of suddenly lowered blood pressure that occurs upon rapid reentry into Earth's atmosphere - ResQPOD quickly increases blood flow to the brain to more safely reacquaint astronauts with the effects of gravity. Available to the public ResQPOD improves circulation in patients suffering cardiac arrest and other high-risk conditions...

2007

Dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) are chemical compounds that can contaminate soil and groundwater to the point of irreparability.  These substances are only slightly soluble in water, and are much denser than water. Because of these characteristics, DNAPLs form separate liquid phases in groundwater, and because of their density, DNAPLs sink in aquifers instead of floating at the water table, making it extremely difficult to detect their presence. If left untreated in the ground, they can taint fresh water sources.  Through the direction and guidance of Dr. Jacqueline...
When NASA needed advanced water purification for the Shuttle Orbiter they turned to Umpqua Research. The resulting Microbial Check Valve or MCV system continues to treat Shuttle water sources with a patented iodinated resin system providing both contact microbial kill and residual iodine to supply astronauts with safe drinking water.  Looking to the International Space Station and long-duration space flights, Umpqua surpassed the original technology with the MCV Biocide Delivery Unit. This long-term, slow release iodine-based disinfection system is now in use aboard the ISS. Water Security...

2006

Used in high-risk law enforcement and security operations the PackBot Tactical Mobile Robot incorporates technology originally developed for an early model Martian rover named Rocky-7. Rocky-7 served as a test bed for the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity now on Mars. The transferred technologies include high-torque control actuators, a high-strength lightweight frame, and riveted sheet-metal chassis. Equipped with cameras, a maneuverable arm, and other payloads PackBot relays real-time audio, video, and other data enabling personnel to remain at a safe distance while performing high-risk...
Improved Global Positioning System (GPS) technology developed to help the Gravity B Probe test Einstein's theories has found its way into farming here on Earth. This technology called RealTime Kinematic (RTK) GPS, provided the tools to develop the first auto steered tractor. Today RTK AutoSteer technology robotically controls farm tractors to ensure straight, repeatable crop rows to within 2 cm. This accuracy dramatically increases crop yields; reduces environmental pollution, and lowers operating costs. AutoSteer is also helping enable future technologies, such as crop trace-ability to...

2005

Used in a space exploration support role, hyperspectral sensors capture reflected energy from observed objects, which is then analyzed to identify attributes not otherwise visible.  Working with NASA, the Institute for Technology Development (ITD) has radically reduced sensor size and eliminated the need for sensor or target motion.  These innovations have opened a range of new diagnostic applications to include bio-medical, forensics, counter terrorism, food safety, and earth imaging markets.  ITD's systems serve an image sensing market expected to exceed $1.88 billion within the next 12...
The InnerVue Diagnostic Scope System uses space image enhancement technology and a micro-invasive endoscope to enable doctors to see clearly inside the body while minimizing discomfort. Patients can walk immediately after the procedure and the results are quick and accurate medical diagnosis.
The demand safe water is growing as consumers become more aware of waterborne pathogens. Thanks to cooperative efforts with NASA to develop advanced water recovery systems for long duration space flights, NanoCeram filters far exceed current filtration systems to satisfy the most difficult water treatment requirements. A variety of filter configurations, including pleated and multi-layer designs, now provide unsurpassed filtration efficiency for industrial, residential and recreational water purification.

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