Space Technology Hall of Fame

Supporting and Celebrating Space Technology

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

The Space Foundation established the Space Technology Hall of Fame® to increase public appreciation of the many practical benefits of space exploration and to encourage further innovation.

Through these programs, the Space Foundation actively supports and expands efforts by international space agencies and corporate partners to encourage the fullest use of space.

Now entering its 32nd year, the Space Technology Hall of Fame® has become a coveted form of recognition, paying tribute to the organizations and individuals who have successfully transformed technology originally developed for space use into products and services that improve life on Earth.

The Space Foundation is now accepting nominations for induction into the prestigious Space Technology Hall of Fame® in 2019. This international program honors innovations by organizations and individuals who transform space technology into commercial products that improve life on Earth.

Anyone may submit nominations of technologies developed anywhere in the world for use in space and then modified or adopted for use on Earth. Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, is the deadline to submit nominations at

Induction will take place during the Space Foundation's 35th Space Symposium, to be held in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 8-11, 2019.

2018 Inductees
Earlier this year, these technologies were inducted:

  • High-Strength Wear-Resistant Aluminum Alloy (NASA 398); light-weight alloy technology with proven durability, longevity and reduced environmental impact
  • Miniaturized Laser Terminals for Aircraft, UAVs and Satellites; reliable and affordable laser communication technology connecting the world

Other inductees have included energy-saving technologies, health improvement technologies, satellite and telecommunication technologies and practical commercial devices. Some examples are the automatic external defibrillator; non-invasive breast biopsy technology; 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; low-density, light-weight flexible aerogel insulating material; and a high-resolution optical sensing system that detects forest fires before they can cause serious environmental damage.

Each nomination is reviewed for completeness, assessed by technical experts and then ranked by a prestigious panel of judges who rate according to selection criteria -- public awareness, economic and societal benefit, public/private investment and longevity.

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

For more information or questions regarding the nomination process, contact [email protected].