Space Foundation

Space Foundation

The Space Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the global space industry through information and education programs. It is a resource for the entire space community - industry, national security organizations, civil space agencies, private space companies and the military around the world. It also supports educators, students and journalists with information and education programs.


Industry events

The Space Foundation annually hosts major industry events, including the National Space Symposium[1] in Colorado Springs, Colo. In 2011, more than 9,000 people participated in the 27th National Space Symposium. The 28th National Space Symposium is scheduled for April 16-19, 2012.

Work Environment

In 2011, the Space Foundation was designated by The NonProfit Times and Best Companies Group as among the Best Non-Profit Organizations to Work for 2011. [2] It was the only Colorado-based organization to make the list and ranked number 19 out of the 50 organizations honored nation-wide.

Space Foundation Awards: General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award

Recipients of the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award include:

Year Recipient
2012 Gen. Thomas S. Moorman, Jr.,USAF, Ret.[3]
2011 Charles Elachi, Ph.D.[4]
2010 Capt. John W. Young, USN (Retired)[5]
2009 The Honorable Peter B. Teets[6]
2008 Hans Mark, Ph.D.
2007 Simon Ramo, Ph.D.
2006 Buzz Aldrin, Ph.D.
2005 The Honorable Edward C. Aldridge, Jr.
2004 The late Gen. Bernard A. Schriever, USAF (Retired)
2003 Capt. James A. Jim Lovell, Jr., USN (Retired)
2002 Norman R. Augustine

Space Foundation Awards: Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award

Winners of the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award include:

Year Winner
2011 Charles County (Md.) Public Schools Superintendent James E. Richmond [7]
2010 Allen V. Robnett[8]
2009 Ricardo V. Soria[9]
2008 Kevin L. Simmons
2007 Luther W. Richardson
2006 Kathy R. Brandon
2005 Ronald F. Dantowitz
2004 Charles Geach
2003 Brian Copes
2002 Thomas F. Hunt, Frank E. Waller
2001 Lori Byrnes

Space Foundation Awards: Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award

Winners of the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award include:

Year Winner
2011 Space Journalists Jay Barbree (NBC News), Marcia Dunn (The Associated Press) and Bill Harwood (CBS News)[10]
2010 Leonard Nimoy[11]
2009 Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ph.D.[12]
2008 Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
2007 Col. Eileen M. Collins, USAF (Retired)
2006 Tom Hanks
2005 The Ansari X-Prize Foundation
2004 LIFE Magazine
2003 Robert T. McCall
2002 The late Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett Roddenberry
2001 Popular Science Magazine
2000 Space Awareness Alliance
1999 The Crew of the Space Shuttle Mission STS-95
1998 NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
1997 The Cable News Network (CNN)
1996 The Apollo 13 (Film)Team
1995 Discovery Communications, Inc.

Space Foundation Awards: Space Achievement Award

Winners of the Space Achievement Award include:

Year Winner
2011 SpaceX and Télécoms Sans Frontières[13]
2010 Hubble Space Telescope Repair Mission Team[14]
2009 China's Shenzhou 7 Mission[15]
2008 United States Air Force
2007 Bigelow Aerospace
2006 The U.S. Titan Launch Vehicle Team: Lockheed Martin, United States Air Force, The Aerospace Corporation, NASA
2005 SpaceShipOneTeam
2004 Ariane 4 Launch Team
2003 U.S. Air Force Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Team; Lockheed Martin Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Team; The Boeing Company Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Team
2002 NASA/Industry Galileo Space Probe Team and the men and women of United States Space Command and its component organizations
2001 Hubble Space Telescope Team
2000 Sea Launch
1999 NASA-Boeing International Space Station Team
1998 Gen. Thomas S. Moorman, Jr., USAF (Retired)
1997 Capt. James Jim Lovell, USN (Retired)
1996 American Astronautical Society
1995 Air University (United States Air Force)

Space Foundation Awards: John L. Jack, Jr., Award for Space Exploration

Winners of the John L. Jack Swigert, Jr., Award for Space Exploration include:

Year Winner
2011 No Award
2010 The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission team


2009 NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander Team[17]
2008 Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
2007 The California Institute of Technology
2006 Buzz Aldrin, Ph.D.
2005 NASA's Mars Exploration Team from Jet Propulsion Laboratory
2004 President George W. Bush

Space Technology Hall of Fame

The Space Foundation, in cooperation with NASA,[18], has conducted the Space Technology Hall of Fame[19] since 1988, inducting dozens of technologies and honoring hundreds of organizations and individuals that transform technology originally developed for space exploration into products that help improve the quality of life here on Earth. Induction into the Space Technology Hall of Fame affords space technology innovators much deserved recognition. It also serves to increase public awareness of the benefits of space technology and encourage further innovation.

Year Inductee
2011 Commercial Earth-Imaging Satellites (GeoEye and DigitalGlobe) and Intrifuge CellXpansion (NASA Johnson Space Center, Regenetech and Synthecon)[20]
2010 Eagle Eyes and Digital Fly-By-Wire[21]
2009 Aerodynamic Vehicle Design[22] and Micro Algae Nutritional Supplements[23]
2008 ArterioVision[24], Petroleum Remediation Product[25], and ResQPOD[26]
2007 Emulsified Zero-Valent Iron[27] and Microbial Check Valve[28]
2006 iRobot PackBot Tactical Mobile Robot[29] and Novariant AutoFarm RTK AutoSteer[30]
2005 Hyperspectral Imaging Systems[31], NanoCeram Superfilters[32], InnerVue Diagnostic Scope System[33] and Outlast Technologies, Inc. Smart Fabric Technology[34]
2004 Multi-Junction (MJ) Space Solar Cells[35], LADARVision 4000[36], Precision Global Positioning System (GPS) Software[37] and MedStar Monitoring System[38]
2003 Virtual Window[39], VisiScreen (Ocular Screening System[40], Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit Technology[41], Humanitarian Demining Device[42], Digital Latching Valve[43] and Cochlear Implant[44]
2002 Satellite Radio Technology[45]
2001 Data Matrix Symbology[46], Video Image Stabilization and Registration (VISAR)[47] and Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors (QWIP)[48]
2000 Advanced Lubricants[49], DirecTV[50] and Light Emitting Diodes for medical applications[51]
1999 Heart Defibrillator Energy Source[52], Miniature Accelerometer[53], Active Pixel Sensor[54] and DeBakey Blood Pump[55]
1998 Global Positioning System (GPS)[56] and Tempur Foam[57]
1997 Advanced Communications Technology[58] and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Technology[59]
1996 Radiant Barrier[60], Anti-Shock Trousers[61] and Fire-Resistant Aircraft Seats[62]
1995 Parawings or Hang Gliders[63] and Anti-Corrosion Coatings[64]
1994 Excimer Laser Angioplasty System[65] and Digital Image Processing - Medical Applications[66]
1993 Physiological Monitoring Instrumentation[67] and Liquid-Cooled Garments[68]
1992 Earth Resources Laboratory Applications Software[69] and Direct Readout Satellite System[70]
1991 Automatic Implantable Cardiovertor Defibrillator[71] and PMR-15 Polymide Resin[72]
1990 Heat Pipe Systems[73] and Safety Grooving[74]
1989 Cordless Tools[75], Scratch Resistant Lenses[76] and Fabric Roof Structures[77]
1988 Improved Firefighter's Breathing System[78], NASA Structural Analysis Computer Software[79], Sewage Treatment With Water Hyacinths[80], Programmable Implantable Medication System[81] and Power Factor Controller[82]

Space Certification

The Space Certification Program was created in cooperation with NASA[18] to help improve public awareness and appreciation of the many practical benefits that come from space technology. The Space Certification Program awards a "seal of approval" to companies with products and services that demonstrate a viable link to the space program. Often referred to as "spinoffs", there are literally thousands of products and services that incorporate space technology including satellite television and radio, Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation, cellular communications, advanced industrial lubricants, robotics, plastics, and a long list of life-improving and life-saving medical technologies.

Among Space Certified products are Tempur-Pedic sleep surfaces (certified product),[83], AGI (Analytical Graphics,Inc.) Satellite Tool Kit [84] the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center (certified educational product),[85] and NORAD Tracks Santa (certified educational product), [86]

Space Foundation Education Programs

The Space Foundation is developing the next generation - and building the overall technological strength of the nation - through programs that stimulate students' interest and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).[87]

Programs include:

  • The Space Foundation Discovery Institute (SFDI), based in Colorado Springs, Colo., provides professional development, training and support for teachers and students from around the world. SFDI houses classrooms, the AGI (Analytical Graphics)Space Missions Simulator, a NASA Educator Resource Center and the Mars Yard simulated Martian terrain and robotics laboratory.[88]
  • Space Across the Curriculum week-long intensive graduate-level courses provide PreK-12 educators with space-related STEM knowledge and content that is instantly transferable to the classroom. Participants can earn continuing education credits or graduate credits at Colorado State University - Pueblo, Regis University or the College of Education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) or work toward a master's degree in related disciplines from Regis University or UCCS. Scholarships are available.[89]
  • New Horizons Space Education Program, a science enrichment program that infuses STEM education into a community through teacher workshops, student programs, town-hall meetings, field trips and astronaut and space professional visits.[90]
  • STARS Program (Science, Technology and Academic Readiness for Space), a hands-on science enrichment program for students based on schools' specific academic needs.[91]
  • National Science Standards Lesson Bank, free downloadable PreK-12 national science standards-based lessons. [92].
  • Teacher Liaisons, advocates for space-related education who participate in workshops and education programs at the National Space Symposium and receive Space Foundation training and resources to further integrate space into their classrooms.[93]
  • Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy, an aerospace-focused middle school created in conjunction with Colorado Springs School District 11 that drives science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) proficiency through a space-related curriculum, access to SFDI laboratories and learning opportunities and involvement with the Space Foundation.[94]


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