Watch the Space Technology Hall of Fame 2020 induct 3 vital communication spinoffs from space tech


The Space Foundation's Space Technology Hall of Fame will celebrate its 2020 inductees on Oct. 8, 2020.

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The Space Foundation’s Space Technology Hall of Fame will celebrate its 2020 inductees on Oct. 8, 2020.

Three commercial space technologies devoted to distance communications are receiving one of the highest industry honors — induction into the Space Technology Hall of Fame.

The accolade is awarded to those space technologies with “life-changing” potential and is meant to highlight the scientists, engineers and innovators behind the work, according to a statement from the Space Foundation, which manages the awards. The induction comes amid World Space Week 2020, which is celebrating how satellites improve life on Earth.

You can watch the virtual induction ceremony on Thursday (Oct. 8) at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) in the window above or directly from the Space Foundation here.

Related: World Space Week 2020 celebrates satellite technology. How to watch. 

“Our class of 2020 inductees are no strangers to transforming and adapting to achieve success. Each of them has taken an existing space technology and adapted it to address everyday needs on Earth, and serves us on our best days, as well as our most challenging,” Space Foundation CEO Tom Zelibor said in the same statement.

“Telemedicine, teleconferencing, and telecommunications — all are vital to the world’s security, commerce, and connectivity, and they are at the core of the three technologies being inducted this year. They stand as prime examples of how space technology improves life for everyone.” 

The inductees received their awards during the same year that the novel coronavirus pandemic forced billions of workers worldwide out of the office and into their homes to comply with physical distancing measures. This situation has pointed to the need for distance communications and information for organizations to continue their work during the pandemic, which erupted in the United States in March and continues