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Hall of Famers Walk Among Us!

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Congratulations to NASA Glenn Research Center and its commercial partners! Last week, they were inducted into the 2013 Space Technology Hall of Fame®.

Members of a team from NASA Glenn, GATR Technologies, and Vantage Partners were honored for their Inflatable Satellite Communication System.

This commercial technology originated from an SBIR contract to develop a solar concentrator for power generation. GATR Technologies then commercialized the technology for terrestrial use and achieved the world’s first inflatable antenna certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The system has benefited not just Americans, but people all over the world by providing communications support for U.S. armed forces, special forces, Homeland Security, intelligence agencies, and international aid organizations.

Since its launch in 2004, GATR Technologies has voluntarily supported relief efforts for Hurricanes Ike and Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti and, recently, was on the front lines in support of Hurricane Sandy victims.

The Space Foundation developed the Space Technology Hall of Fame program to "increase public awareness of the benefits of space exploration and encourage further innovation by recognizing individuals, organizations and companies that effectively adapt and market technologies originally developed for space to improve the quality of life for all humanity." The 2013 induction ceremony was held April 11 in Colorado Springs. This was NASA Glenn’s first induction.

View releases on the award here and here. A more detailed story also appears in the April issue of NASA Glenn’s AeroSpace Frontiers publication.

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