Company: Aspen Aerogels
NORTHBOROUGH, Mass., April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Space Foundation has inducted low-density, light-weight flexible aerogel insulating material into its Space Technology Hall of Fame®. The foundation also inducted Dr. George L. Gould, Aspen Aerogels’ vice president of research and development, into the Hall of Fame for his role in developing and adapting aerogels for commercial use.
The Space Foundation established the Space Technology Hall of Fame (www.spacetechhalloffame.org) in 1988 to increase public awareness of the benefits that result from space exploration programs and to encourage further innovation. It honors technologies that were originally developed for space applications and have now been modified for products and services used on Earth.
Flexible aerogels were originally developed to serve as a barrier to the extreme temperatures that occur during rocket launches and that affect spacecraft as they are exposed to both high heat and severe cold. Because the initial silica aerogels were fragile and expensive, NASA contracted with the Cryogenics Test Laboratory at Kennedy Space Center and Aspen Systems, Inc. to produce affordable and easy-to-use aerogel composite blankets for space applications.