NASA Spinoff

Computer Technology

NASA Technology

Getting a multitude of people to work together to manage processes across many organizations —for example, flight projects, research,...

NASA Technology

What causes the Sun to change? And what are the impacts on our planet and our daily lives?

These are some of the top questions that the...

NASA Technology

Above the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Brazil, there is a dip in the Earth’s surrounding magnetic field called the South Atlantic Anomaly....

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

As the launch clock counts down, astronauts in the space shuttle prepare for the fastest ride of their lives. More powerful than any...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Modeling Tools Predict Flow in Fluid Dynamics

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Knowing what will happen before it happens is no easy task. That is why new spacecraft and technology are constantly being tested and...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Much is made of the engineering that enables the complex operations of a rover examining the surface of Mars—and rightly so. But even...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Toolsets Maintain Health of Complex Systems

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Monitoring the health of a machine can be just as tricky as monitoring the health of a human. Like in the human body, a variety of subsystems...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Framework Resources Multiply Computing Power

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

For the last 25 years, the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division at Ames esearch Center has provided extremely fast supercomputing...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Tools Automate Spacecraft Testing, Operation

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Using the Spitzer Space telescope, NASA scientists detected light from two Jupiter-sized extrasolar planets for the first...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

To better understand and predict global climate, scientists look to the Earth’s oceans. Natural forces like wind,...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

On May 20, 1996, astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor watched as a unique structure unfolded in space...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Getting to the Moon is, to say the least, challenging. Being on the Moon, though, is no picnic either. In addition to...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

For all the data gathered by the space shuttle while in orbit, NASA engineers are just as concerned about the information it...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Kennedy Space Center, just off the east coast of Florida on Merritt Island, has been the starting place of every human space flight in...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Software Tools Streamline Project Management

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Three innovative software inventions from Ames Research Center (NETMARK, Program Management Tool, and Query-Based Document Management) are...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Modeling Languages Refine Vehicle Design

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

When we watch a space shuttle launch on television, we have only the vaguest sense of the extraordinary amount of work required to make such a...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Radio Relays Improve Wireless Products

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In order to transmit communications through Earth’s atmosphere, satellites and space vehicles need radio equipment that can operate at higher...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Prior to 1999 and the development of SpaceWire, a standard for high-speed links for computer networks managed by the European Space...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Solar cells, integrated circuits, and sensors are essential to manned and unmanned space flight and exploration, but such systems are...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

The Red Planet has long held a particular hold on the human psyche. From the Roman god of war to Orson Welles’ infamous Halloween...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Inductive System Monitors Tasks

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

The Inductive Monitoring System (IMS) software developed at Ames Research Center uses artificial intelligence and data mining techniques to build...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In the increasingly sophisticated world of high-definition flat screen monitors and television screens, image clarity and the...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Robot Systems Technology Branch engineers at Johnson Space Center created the remotely controlled Robonaut for use as an additional “set...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Wireless Sensor Network Handles Image Data

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

To relay data from remote locations for NASA’s Earth sciences research, Goddard Space Flight Center contributed to the...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Expert system software programs, also known as knowledge-based systems, are computer programs that emulate the knowledge and...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA missions require advanced planning, scheduling, and management, and the Space Agency has worked extensively to develop the...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

The Structures and Materials Division at Glenn Research Center is devoted to developing advanced, high-temperature materials and...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Program Assists Satellite Designers

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Managed by Goddard Space Flight Center, the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) was launched on December 30, 1995, from Kennedy Space...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Optics Program Simplifies Analysis and Design

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Future spaceborne astronomy missions will require telescopes with increasingly greater power, driving the dimensions of the optics and their...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Scientists and engineers have long used computers to model physical systems. Physical modeling is a major part of design and...