Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Cutting the Knee Surgery Cord

The first FDA-cleared wireless arthroscopic camera for minimally invasive knee surgeries and other orthopedic procedures got early support from NASA through the Adopt a City program, which enabled Glenn...

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Spinoff: Computer Technology
Commercial Space: NASA Has an App for That

Commercial space vehicles, from satellites to lunar landers, need flight software. Red Canyon Software Inc. uses an open-source program developed by Goddard Space Flight Center to help...

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Spinoff: Transportation
From Shark Searches to Space Tours

Aurora Flight Sciences incorporates NASA expertise gained through multiple Armstrong Flight Research Center SBIR contracts to develop technology that enables remote piloting of conventional small...

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Combining ultra-high-definition video streams from multiple cameras on the NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology X-plane required new video cards to process the data. A contract with...

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Using patented technology developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as well as the founders’ experience creating data visualization systems for JPL, Virtualitics Inc. of...

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Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
NASA Ingredients for Industrial Expedience

When Johnson Space Center wanted to explore ways of cooking food for long term habitation in deep space, Induction Food Systems Inc. of Durham, North Carolina received Small Business...

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Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Keeping Beds in the Goldilocks Zone

Using his former experience as an engineer working on spacesuit environmental control systems, the founder of Bedjet LLC of Newport, Rhode Island, designed a cooling system to keep each side of...

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Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Making the Most of Meticulous Measurements

When NASA needed to make sure telescope mirrors were perfectly flat, 4D Technology of Tucson, Arizona, was contracted to develop measuring instruments that could ensure the James Webb Space...

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Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Ion Thrusters Keep Satellites Going and Going

When Orbion Space Technology Inc. of Houghton, Michigan, wanted to bring high-efficiency ion thrusters to the commercial satellite industry, the company entered into agreements with...

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Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Pumping Out State-of-the-Art Design

Decades of collaboration on multiple SBIR contracts gave Concepts NREC LLC extensive access to NASA rocket engine expertise. The White River Junction, Vermont-based company incorporates Marshall...

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Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Super Insulation Requires Super Materials

When developing a new coating to protect buildings from heat buildup, Superior Products InternationaI II Inc. of Shawnee, Kansas reached out to the experts at Marshall Space Flight...

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Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
From Magnetic Rocket Fuel to Semiconductors

A liquid with magnetic properties developed by NASA in the 1960s was the basis for ferrofluids now sold by MAGRON, a company in Ansan, South Korea, whose customers use them in...

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Spinoff: Computer Technology
Ballooning Business for Shrinking Cameras

Miniaturized sensors that fly on a zero-pressure balloon collect data and take pictures that are as expansive as satellite images but are more precise. Denver-based Urban Sky Inc. leveraged...

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Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Synthetic DNA Diagnoses COVID, Cancer

Synthetic DNA used to diagnose diseases such as COVID, hepatitis, and cancer was developed by Firebird Diagnostics LLC of Alachua, Florida, with research funded in part by the NASA Astrobiology...

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Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Fixing ‘Thermal Incompatibility’ in the Bedroom

In the 1980s, Johnson Space Center explored using phase-change materials use in spacesuits. Funding via a Small Business Innovation Research contract resulted in a commercial...

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Spinoff: Computer Technology
Aqua Solutions for Terra Firma

To provide weather information to underserved farming communities in India, ilika Geospatial LLC of Edison, New Jersey, developed a weather app that uses data from the Aqua and Terra satellites...

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Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
From Space to Your Face

A bacterium so resilient it survived NASA’s efforts to sanitize Mars-bound spacecraft is now the basis for a skincare ingredient that boosts SPF in sunscreen and provides antiaging properties in face cream....

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Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Eco-Friendly Bio Breaks

American Innotek Inc. took a polymer utilized in undergarments developed at Johnson Space Center to manage human waste on spacewalks and incorporated it into a bag for use on the go. Sold under the brand...

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Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Space-Saving Exploration

Putting the “fun” into functional campers is what Taxa Outdoors Inc. of Houston does using the know-how of a former NASA employee. Design principles developed at Johnson Space Center for living quarters...

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Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Satellites ‘See’ Sea Turtles, Ocean Threats

The Argos satellite technology operated by National Center for Space Studies in Ramonville Saint-Agne, France, serves as a wildlife tracking resource. Once an international partnership...

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Spinoff: Public Safety
Spherical Robots to the Rescue

Dr. Alice Agogino realized the spherical robots she was designing to comb planetary and lunar surfaces could also help first responders assess disaster scenes on Earth. She cofounded Berkeley,...

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Spinoff: Transportation
Redefining the 'Rugged' Video Camera

A video camera rugged enough to survive the first Space Launch System rocket launch and function in the extreme conditions of space is tough enough for harsh Earth environments. A license and...

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Through a series of Space Act Agreements, engineers at Marshall Space Flight Center have helped Relativity Space Inc. of Long Beach, California, 3D print its Aeon rocket...

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To improve aircraft efficiency and reduce emissions, Langley Research Center developed software that finds optimal routes for airplanes in flight. Through a NASA licensing agreement,...

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Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Next-Level Farming

Closed-environment plant-growth data and expertise developed at Kennedy Space Center through research into bioregenerative life support that could feed astronauts on long-duration missions helped Oslo,...

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Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Taking the Pulse of Earth

By combining NASA satellite data and imagery with proprietary artificial intelligence developed by terraPulse, Inc. the North Potomac, MD-based business makes it possible for companies to monitor changes to...

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Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Ultrasonic Inspections Protect Astronauts, Boat Owners

Aerospace Corporation spent two years working under funding from Langley Research Center to develop an ultrasonic scanner capable of detecting subsurface defects in the Orion...

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Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Oil Drillers, Environmentalists Agree on Small, Sensitive Spectrometer

Technical assistance and STTR funding from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory helped Optoknowledge Systems Inc. (OKSI) develop a compact spectrometer for sensing...

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Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Concentrating on Microbes

SBIR funding for InnovaPrep LLC of Drexel, Missouri, led to a bioconcentration system for testing air and water quality on the space station and improved the company’s commercial technology. The funding...

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Spinoff: Transportation
NASA Gives the World a Brake

Thanks to exclusive patent licenses for a radical new disc brake design, Orbis Brakes Inc. of Santa Rosa, California, incorporates Marshall Space Flight Center structural materials expertise into a more...

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