NASA Spinoff

Thermal Components Boost Performance of HVA C Systems

NASA Technology As the International Space Station (ISS) travels 17,500 miles per hour, normal is having a constant sensation of free-falling. Normal is no rain, but an extreme amount of shine—with temperatures reaching 250 ˚F when facing the Sun. Thanks to a number of advanced control systems onboard the ISS, however, the interior of the station remains

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Modern Exploration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Originating Technology/NASA ContributionOne of the forces that propels scientific and cultural

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Forecasting Tools Point to Fishing Hotspots

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution Sport fishing is an uncertain pastime. Some days the fish are biting; others, not. But for captains of charter fishing boats and recreational fishermen making the most of a day off from work, returning without a catch is more than just a disappointment—it can have a financial

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Air Purifiers Eliminate Pathogens, Preserve Food

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution In order for NASA astronauts to explore the solar system, they will need to travel not just as pioneers but as settlers, learning to live off the land. Current mission needs have NASA scientists exploring ways to extract oxygen from the lunar soil and potable water from human

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Fabrics Protect Sensitive Skin from UV Rays

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution Beginning in 1968, NASA began researching garments to help astronauts stay cool. The Agency designed the Apollo space suits to use battery-powered pumps to circulate cool water through channels in the inner layers of the garments. This led to commercial cooling vests for patients with heat control

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Phase Change Fabrics Control Temperature

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution Since designing the first space suits in the 1950s, NASA has been interested in developing materials to keep astronauts comfortable and cool. In order to protect an astronaut from the extreme temperatures in space, engineers at Johnson Space Center created liquid-cooled garments that run water in small channels

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Tiny Devices Project Sharp, Colorful Images Consumer, Home, and Recreation

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution Johnson Space Center, NASA’s center for the design of systems for human space flight, began developing high-resolution visual displays in the 1990s for telepresence, which uses virtual reality technology to immerse an operator into the environment of a robot in another location. Telepresence is used by several

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Aerogels Insulate Missions and Consumer Products

Originating Technology/NASA ContributionRecently, NASA’s Stardust mission used a block of aerogel to catch high-speed comet particles and specks of interstellar dust without damaging them, by slowing down the particles from their high velocity with minimal heating or other effects that would cause their physical alteration. This amazing accomplishment, bringing space

Space Research Fortifies Nutrition Worldwide

Originating Technology/NASA ContributionIn addition to the mammoth engineering challenge posed by launching a cargo-laden craft into space for a long-distance mission, keeping the crews safe and healthy for these extended periods of time in space poses further challenges, problems for which NASA scientists are constantly seeking new answers. Obstacles include

Outboard Motor Maximizes Power and Dependability

Originating Technology/NASA ContributionDeveloped by Jonathan Lee, a structural materials engineer at Marshall Space Flight Center, and PoShou Chen, a scientist with Huntsville, Alabama-based Morgan Research Corporation, MSFC-398 is a high-strength aluminum alloy able to operate at high temperatures. The invention was conceived through a program with the Federal government and


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