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Science, Industry Leaders will Serve as Judges for Space Technology Hall of Fame®

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Science, Industry Leaders will Serve as Judges for Space Technology Hall of Fame® COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 17, 2011) — Seven high-profile international space leaders have been tapped by the Space Foundation to select technologies for induction into the prestigious Space Technology Hall of Fame® in 2012.

The program honors innovations by organizations and individuals who transform space technology into commercial products that improve life on Earth.

Award ceremonies for the 2012 inductees and honorees are part of the 28th National Space Symposium, which will be held at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 16-19. Conducted by the Space Foundation, the Symposium is the premier annual gathering of the global space community.

The 2012 judges are:

  • Robert Appleton, executive director, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • Gen. Duane W. Deal, USAF, Ret., senior vice president for national security programs, SGT, Inc., Greenbelt, Md.
  • J. Walter Faulconer, president, Strategic Space Solutions, LLC, Glenelg, Md.
  • Richard A. Garriott, vice-chairman of Space Adventures, Vienna, Va.
  • Amitabha Ghosh, Ph.D., planetary scientist for the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Mission, Washington, D.C.
  • Rachel Stephen-Smith, Minister-Counsellor for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C.
  • Norimitsu Kamimori, director, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Washington, D.C.

The Space Foundation established the Space Technology Hall of Fame® in 1988 to increase public awareness of the benefits that result from space exploration programs and to encourage further innovation. Since that time, 65 technologies have been inducted.

Inducted technologies include energy-saving technologies, life-saving medical devices, health improvement technologies, satellite and telecommunication technologies and practical commercial devices. Some noteworthy examples are the automatic external defibrillator; non-invasive breast biopsy technology; MRI and CAT scan imaging; anti-shock garments; LASIK eye surgery; implantable pacemakers and hearing aids; and technologies that power cellular phones, terrestrial networks and satellite broadcast television and radio communications.

The 2011 inductees were two diverse technologies: Commercial Earth-Imaging Satellites, which have broad-reaching applications for national security, logistics and disaster prevention and relief; and Intrifuge CellXpansion technology, which promises help for a wide variety of diseases.

Additional information about the Space Technology Hall of Fame®, including a complete list of inducted technologies, is available at

28th National Space Symposium Co-Sponsors
Confirmed co-sponsors include: Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI); Arianespace, Inc.; ATKBall Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; Blue Ridge Networks; The Boeing Company; General DynamicsLockheed Martin; Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB); Moog; Northrop Grumman; Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne; Raytheon; SES Government Solutions; Space Generation Advisory Council; Space Systems Loral; SpaceXAviation Week and Space News are the official media partners. Sponsorship information can be found at:

About the Space Foundation
The foremost advocate for the space industry and an expert in all aspects of space, the Space Foundation is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness, educational programs that bring space into the classroom and major industry events, including the National Space Symposium, all in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” The Space Foundation publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indexes that track daily performance of the space industry. Through its Space Certification and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has a field office in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit Follow us on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter, and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.