He has conducted and lead research on electric rocket
engines, thin-film coatings, surface texturing processes and low Earth orbital atomic oxygen durability of spacecraft through his employment for 41 years at NASA and three years at Alphaport, Inc.
By 1964, an ion engine launched on the Space Electric Rocket
Test I (SERT I) operated for all of its planned 31 minutes before returning to Earth.
The innovations of the 2010 Inductees literally spawned industries such as video gaming, GPS time navigation, and recreational underwater diving, and also gave us pharmaceuticals and methods to treat cancer, and electric rockets
to keep communications satellites exactly in orbit.