Space Technology Hall of Fame Inductees

The Space Technology Hall of Fame® comprises many extraordinary innovations — all derived from or significantly improved by space research or exploration. To nominate a technology, please visit our Nominate a Technology page to learn more about the Space Technology Hall of Fame® selection criteria.

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Multi-Junction (MJ) Space Solar Cells

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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 life-cycle costs, reduced customer costs for telecommunication, weather…

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MedStar Monitoring System

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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…

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LADARVision 4000

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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.…

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Outlast Technologies Smart Fabric Technology

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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…

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NanoCeram Superfilters

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The demand for 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…

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InnerVue Diagnostic Scope System

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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 mammography for advanced cancer detection. This…

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Hyperspectral Imaging Systems

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Used in a space exploration support role, hyper-spectral 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…

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Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) AutoSteer

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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…

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iRobot PackBot Tactical Mobile Robot

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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…

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Microbial Check Valve

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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 continued 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…

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