NASA Spinoff

Laser Mapping for Visual Inspection and Measurement

Each space shuttle orbiter has 38 Primary Reaction Control System (PRCS) thrusters to help power and position the vehicle for maneuvers in space, including reentry and establishing Earth orbit. Minor flaws in the ceramic lining of a thruster, such as a chip or crack, can cripple the operations of an

Read more...

Nano Goes Magnetic to Attract Big Business

Glenn Research Center has combined state-of-the-art electrical designs with complex, computer-aided analyses to develop some of today’s most advanced power systems, in space and on Earth. The center’s Power and On-Board Propulsion Technology Division is the brain behind many of these power systems. For space, this division builds technologies that

Read more...

The Cutting Edge of High-Temperature Composites

NASA’s Ultra-Efficient Engine Technology (UEET) program was formed in 1999 at Glenn Research Center to manage an important national propulsion program for the Space Agency. The UEET program’s focus is on developing innovative technologies to enable intelligent, environmentally friendly, and clean-burning turbine engines capable of reducing harmful emissions while maintaining

Read more...

Robust, Thin Optical Films for Extreme Environments

The environment of space presents scientists and engineers with the challenges of a harsh, unforgiving laboratory in which to conduct their scientific research. Solar astronomy and X-ray astronomy are two of the more challenging areas into which NASA scientists delve, as the optics for this high-tech work must be extremely

Read more...

Temperature Sensing for Oil, Gas, and Structural Analysis

With retirement of the space shuttle imminent, and the commercial space industry burgeoning, NASA is searching for safe and innovative methods for carrying payload and passengers to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. The search for new vehicles has been going on for some years now, with a variety of plans

Read more...

Cryogenic Cooling for Myriad Applications—A STAR Is Born!

Cryogenics, the science of generating extremely low temperatures, has wide applicability throughout NASA. The Agency employs cryogenics for rocket propulsion, high-pressure gas supply, breathable air in space, life support equipment, electricity, water, food preservation and packaging, medicine, imaging devices, and electronics. Cryogenic liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen systems are also

Read more...

Micro-Accelerometers Monitor Equipment Health

MEMS-based accelerometers used on the International Space Station to control the microgravity environment are also used to monitor industrial machinery. Objects that orbit the Earth, such as the International Space Station (ISS), provide a unique environment called zero-g, or more correctly, microgravity. All objects in orbit are pulled by Earth’s gravity,

Read more...

Spinoff 2011

Health and MedicineBioreactors Drive Advances in Tissue EngineeringTooling Techniques Enhance Medical ImagingVentilator Technologies Sustain Critically Injured PatientsProtein Innovations Advance Drug Treatments, Skin CareMass Analyzes Facilitate Research on

Spinoff 2006

Health and MedicineIngestible Thermometer Pill Aids Athletes in Beating the HeatSpace-Proven Medical Monitor: The Total Patient-Care PackageFrom Planetary Imaging to Enzyme ScreeningTransportationDamage-Tolerant Fan Casings for Jet EnginesSteering Aircraft Clear of Choppy AirAdvanced Air

Spinoff 2007

Health and MedicineCirculation-Enhancing Device Improves CPRNoninvasive Test Detects Cardiovascular DiseaseScheduling Accessory Assists Patients with Cognitive DisordersNeurospinal Screening Evaluates Nerve FunctionHand-Held Instrument Fights Acne, Tops Over-the-Counter MarketMultispectral Imaging Broadens Cellular AnalysisHierarchical

Subcategories