A New Concept in Long Term Storable Foods Evolved From the Early Space Program The Survival Tabs have a long history. Back in the 1960's the Federal Government was searching for a food source that could be used in specialty situations. The objective was to find a product that would provide... The Best Possible Nutrition in the Smallest Possible Volume The resulting research was extremely involved and intense, and the product that evolved was used in the early space program. Eventually, a tablet was perfected and used widely as a emergency food. It came to be known as The Survival Tabs.