NASA Spinoff

Spinoff 2008

Health and MedicineRobotics Offer Newfound Surgical CapabilitiesIn-Line Filtration Improves Hygiene and Reduces Expense LED Device

Spinoff 2009

Health and MedicineImage-Capture Devices Extend Medicine’s ReachMedical Devices Assess, Treat Balance DisordersNASA Bioreactors Advance Disease TreatmentsRobotics Algorithms Provide Nutritional Guidelines‘Anti-Gravity’ Treadmills Speed RehabilitationCrew Management Processes Revitalize Patient CareHubble Systems Optimize

Spinoff 2010

Health and MedicineBurnishing Techniques Strengthen Hip ImplantsSignal Processing Methods Monitor Cranial PressureUltraviolet-Blocking Lenses Protect, Enhance VisionHyperspectral Systems Increase Imaging CapabilitiesTransportationPrograms Model the Future of Air Traffic Management

Ultrasonic Detectors Safely Identify Dangerous, Costly Leaks

NASA Technology In 1990, NASA grounded its space shuttle fleet. The reason: leaks detected in the hydrogen fuel systems of the Space Shuttles Atlantis and Columbia. Unless the sources of the leaks could be identified and fixed, the shuttles would not be safe to fly.


Detectors Ensure Function, Safety of Aircraft Wiring

NASA Technology Pedro Medelius waited patiently in his lab at Kennedy Space Center. He had just received word that a colleague was bringing over a cable from a Space Shuttle solid rocket booster to test Medelius’ new invention. Medelius was calm until his colleague arrived—with about 30 other people.


Emergency Systems Save Tens of Thousands of Lives

NASA Technology Shortly before midnight on September 21st, 2010, the small fishing boat Ebby Luz started taking on water. In immediate danger and 8 miles from the shore, its crew activated an emergency beacon that began transmitting their distress signal, identity, and location. Within minutes, the Coast Guard was notified and launched a helicopter to the coordinates


Oxygen Assessments Ensure Safer Medical Devices

NASA Technology Alongside the tragedies that are part of the history of human spaceflight, bittersweet lessons have been learned. These lessons have not only taught us about the extreme requirements of space travel; they have taught us how to live more safely on Earth.


Collaborative Platforms Aid Emergency Decision Making

NASA Technology Terra. Aqua. Cloudsat. Landsat. NASA runs and partners in many missions dedicated to monitoring the Earth, and the tools used in these missions continuously return data on everything from shifts in temperature to cloud formation to pollution levels over highways. The data are of great scientific value, but they also provide information that can play


Simulation Tools Model Icing for Aircraft Design

NASA Technology Here’s a simple science experiment to try: Place an unopened bottle of distilled water in your freezer. After 2–3 hours, if the water is pure enough, you will notice that it has not frozen. Carefully pour the water into a bowl with a piece of ice in it. When it strikes the ice, the


Modified Fittings Enhance Industrial Safety

NASA Technology Kennedy Space Center is not only home to one of the largest buildings in the world—the massive Vehicle Assembly Building—it also hosts a number of one-of-a-kind facilities. The more than 30-mile-long campus has witnessed every launch from the Space Shuttle Launch Pad, as well as many homecomings at the Shuttle Landing Facility. Just as important, the