Hall of Fame

NASA TECHNOLOGY TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE SPACE TECHNOLOGY HALL OF FAME

NASA by Beth Schmid, Donna Drelick, Sally Harrington, John Watson

The U.S. Space Foundation, Colorado Springs, CO, has selected two NASA technologies to be inducted into its Space Technology Hall of Fame in a ceremony to take place there on April 3 as part of the Foundation's 1997 National Space Symposium.

NASA´s Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH, along with NASA Headquarters and a number of contractors, conceived and produced the Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS), which is being recognized for its contributions in both space technology and spin-off developments. Lewis has implemented a partnership program with industry, government and academia, in which ACTS technologies have demonstrated numerous applications in telemedicine and long-distance education, and in commercial fields such as the banking and petroleum industries.

In addition, ACTS´ onboard switching and other technologies have been incorporated into the systems of several major telecommunications firms. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, is a significant partner in ACTS, having responsibility for pioneering its mobile uses and for studying and publishing the propagation effects at Ka band (30GHz/20GHz) frequencies.

The Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, and a contractor, Scientific Imaging Technologies, Inc., developed new charge coupled devices (silicon chips that convert light directly into electronic or digital images) for the stringent requirements of the Hubble Space Telescope. It was determined that this technology also would be ideal for breast cancer detection because of the common requirements between space and medical imaging: high resolution to see fine details, wide dynamic range, and low light sensitivity to shorten exposure time.