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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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...
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...
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...
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has given the world amazing images of the distant stars, planets, and galaxies. The cutting edge imaging technology that enhances the Hubble images also extends its benefits to life here on Earth, from deciphering previously unreadable portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls to improving digital mammographies for advanced cancer detection. This imaging technology is now helping physicians to perform microinvasive arthroscopic surgery, which is the visual examination of an interior joint such as the knee. Arthroscopy is widely held as the diagnostic gold standard. Now...
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.
Based on technology developed to protect astronauts against extreme temperature fluctuations in space, Outlast Smart Fabric Technology fibers, fabrics and foams contain micro encapsulated phase change materials called Thermocules that absorb, store and release heat.
This patented technology is used in a range of consumer products such as active wear to provide a more comfortably stable temperature.
This Space Technology Hall of Fame technology inductee is also a Certified Space Technology (www.outlast.com).
To learn more about the Space Certification Program visit www.spacecertification.org.
More and more people are now leading lives without eyeglasses or contact lenses thanks to laser vision correction surgery. Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis or LASIK, the most common form of laser vision correction is the most widely performed, elective procedure. The LADARVision(R) 4000 laser uses an eye-tracking device to ensure accurate reshaping of the cornea. This tracking system is based on technology originally developed for NASA to assist spacecraft in delicate docking maneuvers. This space-based technology now enables LASIK to provide unmatched precision in reshaping the cornea....
The cost of caring for the chronically ill continues to grow. In-home care is part of the solution, and statistics show significant patient health improvements through closer in-home monitoring. Cybernet's MedStar™ System allows health care professionals to remotely monitor patients, and evolved from research funded by NASA, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency. The research result was a miniature physiological monitoring device capable of collecting and analyzing a multitude of signals in real time, which also is used to monitor astronauts on the...
Responding to the need for higher efficiency solar cells, the Air Force Research Laboratory sponsored research and development efforts to produce high efficiency multi-junction space solar cells. MJ solar cell technology provides a direct replacement for lower efficiency single-junction cells. The end results are reduced space mission lifecycle costs, reduced customer costs for telecommunication, weather forecasting and many other services crucial to our daily lives on Earth.