Space hall of fame: nominate your technology for 2012

Space technology improves our lives
25 July 2011

Numerous life-changing technologies have emerged from space. Now it’s time to promote European spinoffs to enter the 'Space Technology Hall of Fame' honouring the scientists, engineers, innovators and businesses behind these advances for our society.

Established in 1988 by the Space Foundation in cooperation with NASA, the hall of fame has so far recognised 65 technologies, including medical applications, new materials, communications and civil protection.

Now open to European nominations

Kevin C. Cook, Space Foundation
Kevin C. Cook

Any technology developed anywhere in the world for use in space and then transformed into a terrestrial application or a commercial product can be nominated for the 2012 induction.

“Europe is a principal source of innovation and technology transfer,” says Kevin C. Cook, Space Foundation Director of Space Awareness Programs.

“We look forward to receiving what will undoubtedly be outstanding nominations from our many European friends and colleagues.”

More than 260 space technologies have spurred applications in non-space sectors through ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme Office since it opened for business in the 1990s.

On average, 17 new transfers are added each year and around 50 start-up companies using space technologies and services have benefited from ESA’s Business Incubation Centres.

ESA encourages European individuals and companies to submit proposals for the Space Technology Hall of Fame 2012 to acknowledge those who are improving our lives on Earth through space.

Nominations before 31 August

Space Technology Hall of Fame award medal
Hall of Fame medal

Nominations for the 2012 selection can be submitted until 31 August 2011:
Make a nomination!.

The winners will be announced in the autumn and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at an awards ceremony at the 28th National Space Symposium in April 2012.

More on Space Foundation's Hall of Fame.

ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme Office (TTPO)

The TTPO’s main mission is to facilitate the use of space technology and space systems for non-space applications and to demonstrate the benefit of the European space programme to European citizens.

The office is responsible for defining the overall approach and strategy for the transfer of space technologies, including the incubation of start-up companies and their funding. For more information, please contact:

ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme Office
European Space Agency
Keplerlaan 1
2200 AG, Noordwijk
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 71 565 6208

ESA technology Transfer website:

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