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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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.
In 1985 NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) began developing software to determine satellite orbits with pinpoint accuracy. This work led to the development of a sophisticated system that incorporates special GPS algorithms and now uses the Internet to deliver information enabling real-time positioning accurate to a few inches anywhere in the world for terrestrial users and for space-borne users in low Earth orbit. The Federal Aviation Administration has adopted JPL's software in their GPS-based navigation system to improve air travel safety for millions of travelers.
In 1977, Adam Kissiah, Jr., a hearing-impaired engineer working at the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC), patented technology that has been used in digital implantable hearing aids. He developed the technology using the skills and knowledge of electronic sensing systems, telemetry, and sounds and vibrations sensors he acquired during his work on the Space Shuttle program. Mr. Kissiah's invention was an important advancement over traditional analog hearing devices, which simply amplify the sound entering the ear.
These systems were insufficient for the profoundly deaf, so Mr. Kissiah described...