NASA Spinoff

Computer Technology

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

When it comes to solving some of NASA’s most challenging technical problems, the mathematical minds that make up the...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

As NASA’s leading organization for information sciences, the Intelligent Systems Division at Ames Research Center conducts world-class...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Design errors are costly. When it comes to creating complex systems for aerospace design and testing system readiness, engineering system...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Hearing In True 3-D

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In 1984, researchers from Ames Research Center came together to develop advanced human interfaces for NASA's teleoperations that would come to be known as virtual...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Conversing With Computers

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

I/NET, Inc., is making the dream of natural human-computer conversation a practical reality. Through a combination of advanced artificial intelligence research...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Managing Content In A Matter Of Minutes

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA software created to help scientists expeditiously search and organize their research documents is now aiding compliance personnel, law...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
From Video To Photo

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Ever wonder whether a still shot from a home video could serve as a picture perfect photograph worthy of being framed and proudly displayed on the mantle? Wonder no...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Improving The Flow

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In early 1995, NASA's Glenn Research Center (then Lewis Research Center) formed an industry-government team with several jet engine companies to develop the National...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Wireless Communications In Space

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In 1992, NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense jointly commissioned the research and development of a technology solution to address the challenges and...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

While working for NASA, Jack Sculley and Terry Brooks had a revelation. They wanted to find a novel and unique way to present...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Structural Analysis Made 'NESSUSary'

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Everywhere you look, chances are something that was designed and tested by a computer will be in plain view. Computers are now utilized to design and...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In the summer of 1998, the blockbuster action movie Armageddon captivated audiences with a thrilling doomsday plot about a meteor...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Taking the Risk Out of Risk Assessment

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

The ability to understand risks and have the right strategies in place when risky events occur is essential in the workplace. More and more...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Tracking Electromagnetic Energy With SQUIDs

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

A superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) is a gadget used to measure extremely weak signals, specifically magnetic flux. It can...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Software to Manage the Unmanageable

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In 1995, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) contracted Redmond, Washington-based Lucidoc Corporation, to design a technology infrastructure to...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

A successful launching of NASA's Space Shuttle hinges heavily on the three Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME) that power the orbiter....

Spinoff: Computer Technology
A Search Engine That's Aware of Your Needs

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Internet research can be compared to trying to drink from a firehose. Such a wealth of information is available that even the simplest inquiry...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

While NASA is preparing to send humans back to the Moon by 2020 and then eventually to Mars, the average person can explore the...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
A History of High-Performance Computing

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Faster than most speedy computers. More powerful than its NASA data-processing predecessors. Able to leap large, mission-related computational...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite navigation system developed and maintained by the U.S. Government. Though initially...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Difficult Decisions Made Easier

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA missions are extremely complex and prone to sudden, catastrophic failure if equipment falters or if an unforeseen event occurs. For these reasons, NASA...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Scheduling Software for Complex Scenarios

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Preparing a vehicle and its payload for a single launch is a complex process that involves thousands of operations. Because the equipment and...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA's Metrics Data Program Data Repository is a database that stores problem, product, and metrics data. The primary goal of...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
The Echoes of Earth Science

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) acquires, archives, and manages data from all of NASA’s Earth science satellites, for the...