Evinrude will be inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame during the Space Foundation’s 34 Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., on April 19. The outboard motor manufacturer is being honored for its role in commercializing the aluminum alloy NASA 398 that was originally developed by NASA scientists Jonathan A. Lee and Dr. Po-Shou Chen.
“Evinrude is thrilled to be recognized alongside some of NASA’s most innovative scientists,” said Tracy Crocker, senior vice president and general manager at Evinrude, in a statement. “For over 100 years, Evinrude has been at the cutting edge of innovation to ensure our technology gives customers the best experience on the water. Incorporating NASA 398 into our E-TEC engines has enabled us to build quieter, lighter and cleaner engines so boaters can get the best fuel economy while limiting their impact on the environment and preserving our waters for future generations to enjoy.”
Developed and patented by Lee and Chen, NASA 398 is stronger than industry-standard piston materials. Its durability exceeds the needs of piston application while significantly reducing overall engine weight. Evinrude introduced pistons fabricated with the new aluminum alloy in 2003 and currently uses it in its E-TEC engines.
“Through its commitment to innovation, Evinrude applied space exploration know-how to create a better, cleaner marine engine and reduce boaters’ impact on the environment,” said Kevin C. Cook, vice president of marketing and communications for the space foundation. “Such efforts are a perfect example of why the Space Foundation is committed to bridging the gap between space technology and commercial manufacturing. As the global space community invents new ways to improve space exploration, companies like Evinrude are helping us bring that research into the market to improve quality of life right here on Earth.”
The Space Technology Hall of Fame increases public awareness of the benefits of space exploration and encourages 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.