NASA Spinoff

Computer Technology

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Planet-Navigating AI “Brain” Helps Drones and Cars Avoid Collisions
Planet-Navigating AI “Brain” Helps Drones and Cars Avoid Collisions

NASA Technology

Once you’ve designed a robot that can autonomously explore planetary terrains, putting the same technology in cars, toys, and drones seems...

Planet-Navigating AI “Brain” Helps Drones and Cars Avoid Collisions
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Early NASA “Dream Computer Program” Still Optimizes Designs
Early NASA “Dream Computer Program” Still Optimizes Designs

NASA Technology

At the top of the food chain, an apex predator hunts without fear of being hunted. That’s why MSC Software Corporation branded its latest software...

Early NASA “Dream Computer Program” Still Optimizes Designs
Spinoff: Computer Technology
2D Analysis Software Clarifies Medical, Weather, Intelligence Images
2D Analysis Software Clarifies Medical, Weather, Intelligence Images

NASA Technology

NASA engineer Semion Kizhner spent an entire week trying to understand the Hilbert-Huang Transform with the colleague who had developed it, but...

2D Analysis Software Clarifies Medical, Weather, Intelligence Images
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Quake Hunter Maps a Century of Quakes Worldwide
Quake Hunter Maps a Century of Quakes Worldwide

NASA Technology

Earthquakes are among the most destructive natural disasters, in terms of death tolls and the cost of recovery. They’re also nearly impossible to predict, but...

Quake Hunter Maps a Century of Quakes Worldwide
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Free Aerodynamic Simulation Code Supports Industry, Education
Free Aerodynamic Simulation Code Supports Industry, Education

NASA Technology

In the mid-1990s, NASA, the Air Force, and McDonnell Douglas Corporation realized they were duplicating each other’s efforts to make better software...

Free Aerodynamic Simulation Code Supports Industry, Education
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Software Models Atmosphere for Spacecraft
Software Models Atmosphere for Spacecraft

NASA Technology

When the Curiosity rover made its spectacular landing on Mars, most of the attention was focused on the revolutionary “sky-crane maneuver” that helped slow the...

Software Models Atmosphere for Spacecraft
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Software Takes Cost Estimating to the Stars
Software Takes Cost Estimating to the Stars

NASA Technology

When imagining what it takes to design a spacecraft, few people think about the engineering work that goes into getting an accurate cost estimate before the building...

Software Takes Cost Estimating to the Stars
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Communication Devices Ease Contact with Commercial Spacecraft
Communication Devices Ease Contact with Commercial Spacecraft

NASA Technology

Scientific experimentation is the central purpose of the International Space Station (ISS), where astronauts work toward answers that will be crucial...

Communication Devices Ease Contact with Commercial Spacecraft
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Mission Control Software Manages Commercial Satellite Fleets
Mission Control Software Manages Commercial Satellite Fleets

NASA Technology

The task of monitoring and diagnosing spacecraft health is getting out of hand.

Mission Control Software Manages Commercial Satellite Fleets
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Data Acquisition System Captures Machine Performance
Data Acquisition System Captures Machine Performance

NASA Technology

When you launch rockets, even the smallest deviation from design can create big problems—and they’re hard to fix for next time unless you know exactly what...

Data Acquisition System Captures Machine Performance
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Connectors Link Data Networks for Orion, Industry
Connectors Link Data Networks for Orion, Industry

NASA Technology

The Orion crew capsule may resemble its Apollo ancestor on the surface, but all of its internal systems reflect nearly half a century of development since NASA’s...

Connectors Link Data Networks for Orion, Industry
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Program Predicts Aerothermodynamics of Reentry, Subsonic Flight
Program Predicts Aerothermodynamics of Reentry, Subsonic Flight

NASA Technology

Traveling nearly five miles per second, the Space Shuttle began each reentry with nothing to slow it down but the air. The gasses rushing over its...

Program Predicts Aerothermodynamics of Reentry, Subsonic Flight
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Light-Analysis Software Explodes across Industries
Light-Analysis Software Explodes across Industries

NASA Technology

Edward Freniere and a partner founded Lambda Research Corporation in 1992 with the idea of developing software to simulate the behavior of light, basing their...

Light-Analysis Software Explodes across Industries
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Power Amplifiers Boost Radar, Communications, Defense Systems
Power Amplifiers Boost Radar, Communications, Defense Systems

NASA Technology

Normally, state-of-the-art technology comes at a cost. But when QuinStar Technology was subcontracted in 2009 to build a power amplifier for one of...

Power Amplifiers Boost Radar, Communications, Defense Systems
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Laser Imaging Helps Archaeologists Dig Up History
Laser Imaging Helps Archaeologists Dig Up History

NASA Technology

Some 10,500 years ago, what is now western Oklahoma teemed in late summer and early fall with bison, traipsing through the grassy landscape. For the humans who...

Laser Imaging Helps Archaeologists Dig Up History
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Scheduling Software Plans Public, Private Space Missions
Scheduling Software Plans Public, Private Space Missions

NASA Technology

When Alex and Ella Herz were working at Johnson Space Center in the late 1980s and early ’90s, it wasn’t the easiest time to plan payloads for...

Scheduling Software Plans Public, Private Space Missions
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Mars Rover Work Spawns PDF Collaboration Software
Mars Rover Work Spawns PDF Collaboration Software

NASA Technology

Like satellites in orbit, some spinoffs just keep spinning.

Mars Rover Work Spawns PDF Collaboration Software
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Software Optimizes Designs from Spaceships to Wind Turbines
Software Optimizes Designs from Spaceships to Wind Turbines

NASA Technology

Sharing computer code with the private sector has become a major component of NASA’s Technology Transfer Program, with the Agency’s latest software...

Software Optimizes Designs from Spaceships to Wind Turbines
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Algorithm Predicts and Evaluates Storm Surges
Algorithm Predicts and Evaluates Storm Surges

NASA Technology

It was sometime in late 2004, and Tom Stanley, technical monitor and small business technical advisor out of Stennis Space Center, took to studying newly completed...

Algorithm Predicts and Evaluates Storm Surges
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Modeling Software Helps Rocket Scientists Go with the Flow
Modeling Software Helps Rocket Scientists Go with the Flow

NASA Technology

Rocket science and simplicity don’t normally go hand in hand, but that’s what NASA had in mind when the Agency developed the Fastrac turbopump in the...

Modeling Software Helps Rocket Scientists Go with the Flow
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Open Source Tools Popularize Infrastructure for Cloud Computing
Open Source Tools Popularize Infrastructure for Cloud Computing

NASA Technology

When a small group of NASA software developers met with representatives of Rackspace Inc. at a Thai restaurant in early 2010, few would have...

Open Source Tools Popularize Infrastructure for Cloud Computing
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Artificial Intelligence Targets Advertising by Understanding User
Artificial Intelligence Targets Advertising by Understanding User

NASA Technology

A couple of years ago, AJ Abdallat went online and bought a bracelet from a major department store as a gift for his wife. He wasn’t happy with...

Artificial Intelligence Targets Advertising by Understanding User
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Electro-Optic Ceramic Creates High-Speed Fiber-Optic Networks
Electro-Optic Ceramic Creates High-Speed Fiber-Optic Networks

NASA Technology

By 2002, Corning Applied Technologies had developed a new electro-optic ceramic material, one that promised efficient, effective, rugged, low-cost...

Electro-Optic Ceramic Creates High-Speed Fiber-Optic Networks
Spinoff: Computer Technology
System-Health Monitor Predicts Failures before They Happen
System-Health Monitor Predicts Failures before They Happen

NASA Technology

A young engineering and technical services company is betting that NASA teams at the Mission Control Center in Houston, aboard the International Space...

System-Health Monitor Predicts Failures before They Happen
Spinoff: Computer Technology
NASA Climate Analytics Support Biological Research
NASA Climate Analytics Support Biological Research

NASA Technology

Every few seconds, NASA’s satellites transmit more than a gigabyte of data back to Earth. By 2030, it’s estimated the Agency will have amassed 350 petabytes...

NASA Climate Analytics Support Biological Research
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Portable Planetariums Teach Science
 Portable Planetariums Teach Science

NASA Technology

By the mid-1990s, NASA was collecting an enormous amount of information about Earth and the universe. For example, the Earth Observing System, comprising a fleet of satellites,...

 Portable Planetariums Teach Science
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Sound Modeling Simplifies Vehicle Noise Management
Sound Modeling Simplifies Vehicle Noise Management

NASA Technology

Exposure to a noise level of 105 decibels causes hearing damage after an hour or less. Concertgoers in the front row at a rock show can expect sustained noise of...

Sound Modeling Simplifies Vehicle Noise Management
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Software Cuts Building Costs, Increases Energy Efficiency
Software Cuts Building Costs, Increases Energy Efficiency

NASA Technology

In order to prepare Curiosity for its trip to Mars, NASA had to pull out all the stops. Because the rover’s payload is 10 times as massive as those of...

Software Cuts Building Costs, Increases Energy Efficiency
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Schedule Analysis Software Saves Time for Project Planners
Schedule Analysis Software Saves Time for Project Planners

NASA Technology

Schedules for major projects get long and complicated, involving a slew of interdependent tasks and timelines, and few organizations handle projects more...

Schedule Analysis Software Saves Time for Project Planners
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Cloud Computing Technologies Facilitate Earth Research
Cloud Computing Technologies Facilitate Earth Research

NASA Technology

Throughout the years, NASA has done more than any agency to explore what lies beyond our world. It has sent rovers to traverse the Martian landscape and...

Cloud Computing Technologies Facilitate Earth Research