Types of Certification
The space certification program highlights companies and products in three distinct areas: technology, education, and entertainment. You may apply for certification in any or all of these areas, as is applicable to your product(s). Category descriptions and criteria are listed below.
Certified Technology Products - A product or service that directly results from Space technology such that the product exists because of advances in space technology. Examples of certified space technologies include X-1R Performance Lubricants, Global Positioning Systems, Tempur-Pedic Sleep Systems, and Eagle Eyes Optics. Certified Space Technologies comprise the largest group of certified partners.
Certified Educational Products - These products are used in educational environments to stimulate interest and knowledge about space. Education is critical to the mission of the Space Foundation and supporting these products further inspires new generations. Apogee Rocketry Components, Play Attention Learning Systems, and Challenger Learning Centers are all Certified Educational Products.
Certified Imagination Products - Imagination products can be a toy or entertainment product used to increase interest in and excitement for space. Mannheim Steamroller's Music of the Spheres, the NORAD Tracks Santa Web site, and the colorful book, I am a Space Shuttle, I LOVE TO FLY, have been certified as Imagination Products.
Why Get Certified
Certified products often set the standard for innovation, comfort, convenience and dependability. Licensed use of the seal allows the companies that produce and market these products to tie their business to the excitement of space while helping inform the public of how space exploration directly benefits life on Earth.
Specific benefits include exclusive licensed use of the Certification Seal in your marketing and communications efforts, a valuable presence on the official Space Certification Program Web site, inclusion in Space Certification Program literature, a presentation plaque for display in your corporate office, joint press release and media support, and listings in advertisements and program books for the Space Symposium, Strategic Space and Defense conference, and other Space Foundation publications.
The official Space Certification Program Seal is a statement that speaks volumes to customers and is often referred to the "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" for the space industry.
Through the marketing efforts of the Space Foundation, products with the seal prominently displayed benefit from the synergy of millions of space messages delivered each year. The Space Foundation actively works to support the marketing efforts of each certified partner to promote your company and product in the marketplace.
The Space Foundation - known for its excellent reputation in the national and international space industry - offers your business excellent networking opportunities.
Category exclusivity is a highly desirable option. Select partners can enjoy the added benefit of exclusivity within a defined product or service market sector. This requires a significant commitment to promote space awareness within your marketing efforts. An annual exclusivity fee, in addition to the certification term fee, is negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
Category exclusivity also offers your company automatic recognition as a Space Foundation Corporate Patron member through the Premium Certification Visibility Program with its own set of benefits and special opportunities.
Please indicate your interest in securing category exclusivity with your application and we will be happy to provide more detail.
Terms and Fees
Your participation is our primary goal. It is also the key to achieving the Space Certification Program goal of providing special recognition for your business and improving public appreciation of the practical benefits of space exploration.
Certification recognition is available for two, three and five year periods. Actual fees are based upon the category or categories for which you apply. Your completed application is the first step toward determining an appropriate fee. We will work with you to ensure that your participation is as affordable as it is beneficial.
All fees sustain the vital efforts of the Space Certification Program and the Space Foundation’s Educational programs which support teachers and PreK-20 students using standards-based curriculum that integrate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) into all content areas.
Investing in educational success plays a critical role in our mission to inspire, enable, and propel humanity.