STURTEVANT, Wis.– Evinrude today announced they will be inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame during the Space Foundation’s 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. As a 2018 Organization Inductee, Evinrude will be honored for the company’s role in commercializing high-strength, wear-resistant aluminum alloy (NASA 398) originally developed by NASA scientists, Jonathan A. Lee and Dr. Po-Shou Chen. Chen, Lee and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (NASA MSFC) will also be honored at this year’s event.
“Evinrude is thrilled to be recognized alongside some of NASA’s most innovative scientists,” said Tracy Crocker, senior vice president and general manager of Evinrude. “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, cleaner engines so boaters can limit their impact on the environment and preserve our waters for future generations to enjoy.”
Developed and patented by NASA scientists, Lee and Chen, NASA 398 is stronger than industry-standard piston materials and durable enough for a piston application while significantly reducing overall engine weight. Evinrude introduced pistons fabricated with the new aluminum alloy in 2003 and currently features the technology in its line of E-TEC engines.
By harnessing this innovative technology, Evinrude created the most fuel-efficient engines on the market and continues to meet the highest emission standards in the world. Evinrude’s E-TEC engine was the first to win the EPA clean air excellence award and meets the 3-star emissions requirements for the California Air Resources Board.
“Through their commitment to innovation, Evinrude applied space exploration know-how to create a better, cleaner marine engine and reduce boaters’ impact on the environment,” said Space Foundation Vice President of Marketing & Communications Kevin C. Cook. “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.
Evinrude’s induction into the Space Technology Hall of Fame will take place on April 19.