Space Technology Hall of Fame

Induction Year 2015

Seismic Damper Technology

Image of Taylor Device Seismic Damper
Inducted In: 2015, Public Safety

In the 1960’s, Taylor Devices was awarded a NASA contract to develop a system to safely disengage hoses and mechanical gear jettisoned off of launch vehicles. These first motion dampening systems were hydraulic dampers controlled by electronic valves.  While this approach safely contained the motion of the gear, the system itself was complex and prone…

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Chronos Vision Eye-Tracking Device

NASA Image of Eye-Tracking Device
Inducted In: 2015, Health, Medicine

In the late 1990’s, NASA approached the German Space Agency (DLR) to develop technology to measure the precise eye movements of astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle. A program called the “Life Sciences Working Group” was created and housed in DLR’s Division of Manned Spaceflight. DLR approached physicist Dr. Friedrich Baartz to apply his expertise in…

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