NASA Spinoff

Consumer, Home, and Recreation

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
LED Systems Target Plant Growth

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Living in space long term will require a sustainable environment. Plants provide fresh food, clean air, and clean water that will assist this effort, but...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Control Algorithms Charge Batteries Faster

NASA Technology

On March 29, 2011, NASA’s Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft beamed a milestone image to Earth: the first photo of...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Software Programs Derive Measurements from Photographs

NASA Technology

Even under the most unfortunate circumstances, NASA continues on a path of innovation. After the Space Shuttle Columbia reentered the atmosphere on February...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Retrofits Convert Gas Vehicles into Hybrids

NASA Technology

Successful space missions can rarely be attributed to a single thing. Rather, they are the result of a system of systems: integrated elements functioning effectively in...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
NASA Missions Inspire Online Video Games

NASA Technology

Fast forward to 2035. Imagine being part of a community of astronauts living and working on the Moon. Suddenly, in the middle of just another day in space, a meteorite...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Monitors Track Vital Signs for Fitness and Safety

NASA Technology

Have you ever felt nauseous reading a book in the back seat of a car? Or woken from a deep sleep feeling disoriented, unsure which way is up? Momentary mixups like...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Thermal Components Boost Performance of HVAC Systems

NASA Technology

As the International Space Station (ISS) travels 17,500 miles per hour, normal is having a constant sensation of free-falling. Normal is no rain, but an extreme...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Modern Exploration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

One of the forces that propels scientific and cultural advancement is exploration. The mission of NASA is to pioneer the future of...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Forecasting Tools Point to Fishing Hotspots

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Sport fishing is an uncertain pastime. Some days the fish are biting; others, not. But for captains of charter fishing boats and recreational...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Air Purifiers Eliminate Pathogens, Preserve Food

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In order for NASA astronauts to explore the solar system, they will need to travel not just as pioneers but as settlers, learning to live...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Fabrics Protect Sensitive Skin from UV Rays

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Beginning in 1968, NASA began researching garments to help astronauts stay cool. The Agency designed the Apollo space suits to use...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Phase Change Fabrics Control Temperature

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Since designing the first space suits in the 1950s, NASA has been interested in developing materials to keep astronauts comfortable and cool. In...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Johnson Space Center, NASA’s center for the design of systems for human space flight, began developing...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Aerogels Insulate Missions and Consumer Products

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Recently, NASA’s Stardust mission used a block of aerogel to catch high-speed comet particles and specks of interstellar...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Space Research Fortifies Nutrition Worldwide

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In addition to the mammoth engineering challenge posed by launching a cargo-laden craft into space for a long-distance...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Outboard Motor Maximizes Power and Dependability

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Developed by Jonathan Lee, a structural materials engineer at Marshall Space Flight Center, and PoShou Chen, a scientist...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Historic Partnership Captures Our Imagination

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Timeless, beautiful, and haunting images: A delicate blue marble floating in the black sea of space; a brilliant white...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Immersive Photography Renders 360º Views

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA uses 3-D immersive photography and video for guiding space robots, in the space shuttle and International Space Station...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Space Age Swimsuit Reduces Drag, Breaks Records

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

A space shuttle and a competitive swimmer have a lot more in common than people might realize: Among other forces, both...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Experiments Advance Gardening at Home and in Space

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Aeroponics, the process of growing plants suspended in air without soil or media, provides clean, efficient, and rapid...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Mars Cameras Make Panoramic Photography a Snap

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

If you wish to explore a Martian landscape without leaving your armchair, a few simple clicks around the NASA Web site will...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Wireless Fluid-Level Measurement System Equips Boat Owners

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

While developing a measurement acquisition system to be used to retrofit aging aircraft with vehicle health...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
New Lubricants Protect Machines and the Environment

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

The Mobile Launcher Platform at NASA's Kennedy Space Center is a two-story steel structure that provides a transportable launch base for...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Additive Transforms Paint into Insulation

The heat generated by wind resistance and engine exhaust during the launch of a space shuttle is potentially damaging to the casings on the solid rocket boosters, which provide over two-thirds of...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Food Supplement Reduces Fat, Improves Flavor

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

During the Mercury missions, astronauts ate terrible food: freeze- dried powders and semi-liquids in aluminum tubes. Decades later, though,...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Detailed Globes Enhance Education and Recreation

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Earth from space—swirling wisps of white against a backdrop of deep azure, punctuated with brown and green swatches of land, all etched...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Corrosive Gas Restores Artwork, Promises Myriad Applications

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Short wavelength solar radiation in the space environment just outside of the Earth's atmosphere produces atomic oxygen. This...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Students Soaring High With Software Spinoff

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

An educational software product designed by the Educational Technology Team at Ames Research Center is bringing actual aeronautical work...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
NASA Technology Takes Center Stage

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In today's fast-paced business world, there is often more information available to researchers than there is time to search through it. Data mining has...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Amorphous Alloy Surpasses Steel and Titanium

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In the same way that the inventions of steel in the 1800s and plastic in the 1900s sparked revolutions for industry, a new class of amorphous...