Nominate a Technology

Every year the Space Foundation solicits nominations from a broad range of audiences including Department of Defense, Commerce and Transportation, commercial aerospace and technology companies, U.S. and international space agencies from around the world.

We encourage you to submit technologies you feel are deserving of recognition. Using the online submission form, individuals and organizations may nominate up to three technologies, including previously nominated technologies that have not been inducted.

We rely on you to follow the Space Technology Hall of Fame Selection Criteria listed below when submitting the online form. As part of the nomination form, you are asked to submit a Technology Development Summary (approx. 500 words) to complete the nomination.

For your reference, you may download a PDF of the nomination form to aid you in gathering the information necessary to complete the online submission. Once you begin the online submission, information cannot be saved to return to the form. Click here to download the PDF form.

Selection Criteria

Please ensure the Technology Development Summary of your nomination clearly illustrates how the candidate technology fulfills the following selection criteria. It is the most important statement presented to a prestigious panel of judges who determine the final technology inductees. The judges will not necessarily have access to the additional published or support information that you provide.

Public Awareness (15 points) - The technology's public appeal: Can the spin-off application be easily grasped and understood by the general public? Does it have a promotional value in highlighting the benefits of space exploration?

Societal Benefit (15 points) - The technology's positive impact on health, safety, efficiency, conservation, or other societal advantages: Does the technology have important benefits for a significant segment of humanity or society as a whole?

Economic Benefit (10 points) - The economic activity resulting from the technology: Has the technology been the basis of, or a significant contributor to, a successfully selling product and/or generated a new growing company?

Public/Private Investment (5 points) - The significance of the development efforts: Was the initial development effort an example of a significant partnership between the government and the private sector, and/or did the transformation of the space technology to the commercial market version require significant commitment and investment by the private sector?

Longevity (5 points) - The technology's commercial life:  How long has the technology and/or its application been successfully in use?

Supporting materials such as technical papers and product literature can be submitted and will be assessed for completeness. Candidate technologies will then be submitted to the judges and ranked according to the Space Technology Hall of Fame Selection Criteria. Top-ranked candidates will then undergo a due diligence process. The supporting materials will aid the due diligence process and assist in determining relative contributions of innovating organizations and individuals.

Selected nominations are announced each winter and officially inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame the following spring during a special awards ceremony and dinner held during the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo.

We look forward to receiving your nominations. The deadline for nominations for the 2019 Space Technology Hall of Fame induction is Friday August 31, 2018.

Questions? Contact us at +1.719.576.8000 or send us an email.

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Please prepare a brief (approx. 500 words) one-page technology development summary describing what prompted the original development of the space technology and how the commercial spin-off evolved.

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Please upload images of the technology in its commercial/applied form as well as its raw form. Photos help illustrate how the candidate technology fulfills the selection criteria.

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