NASA Spinoff

Consumer, Home, and Recreation

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Heating And Cooling Efficiency For Homes

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Over 40 years ago, NASA developed Radiant Barrier technology to protect astronauts in the Apollo Program from temperatures that ranged from 250...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Artificial Muscle Kits For The Classroom

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Commonly referred to as "artificial muscles," electroactive polymer (EAP) materials are lightweight strips of highly flexible plastic that bend or...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
A Natural Way To Stay Sweet

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

A revolutionary, low-calorie sugar is now available to the food and beverage market, offering an all-natural alternative to table sugar and artificial...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Damping Goes The Distance In Golf

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In the late 1980s, Dr. Benjamin Dolgin of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory developed a concept for a high-damping graphite/viscoelastic material for the...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Hot And Cold Therapy Eases Pain

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In the 1960s, NASA civil servant Tom Hughes worked for Marshall Space Flight Center's Quality Control Laboratory as a systems engineer. Reporting directly...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Covered In Comfort

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In 1988, NASA began working with private industry to develop thermally adaptive phase-change materials that could be applied to astronauts suits and gloves for better...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Inertial Motion-Tracking Technology for Virtual 3-D

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In the 1990s, NASA pioneered virtual reality research. The concept was present long before, but, prior to this, the technology did not...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Crystal-Clear Communication a Sweet-Sounding Success

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

On July 20, 1969, millions were glued to their television sets when...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
NASA, the Fisherman's Friend

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Every angler has his secrets, whether it be an old family recipe for stink bait, a midnight worm-hunting ritual, or the most coveted of all, the no-fail...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Experiments With Small Animals Rarely Go This Well

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In the mid-1950s, a young U.S. Air Force engineer named Clark Beck began work with what is now one of NASA's most prolific spinoffs, the...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Forty-Year-Old Foam Springs Back With New Benefits

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

The most recognized and widely used NASA spinoff is at it again. Temper foam, whose origins date back to 1966 when it was developed to...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Bringing Thunder and Lightning Indoors

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Piezoelectric materials convert mechanical energy into electrical energy and electrical energy into mechanical energy. They generate electrical...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
NASA's Growing Commitment: The Space Garden

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Astronauts cannot live on dehydrated ice cream alone. Like everyone else, they need their vegetables. Enter VEGGIE, the Deployable Vegetable...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Nanoscale Materials Make for Large-Scale Applications

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Since its dawning days, NASA has been at the forefront of developing and improving materials for aerospace applications. In...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Cooking Dinner at Home From the Office

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

It is well past quitting time, but you are still stuck in the office. Your spouse left work over an hour ago, but is caught in bumper-to-bumper...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Space Suit Spins

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Space is a hostile environment where astronauts combat extreme temperatures, dangerous radiation, and a near-breathless vacuum. Life support in these unforgiving...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Reflecting on Space Benefits: A Shining Example

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA has long been known for having developed the thin, shiny reflective material used to insulate everything from the Hubble Space...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Raised Relief Mars Globe Brings the Red Planet Closer

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

When the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) entered the Red Planet's atmosphere in March 2006, it joined the ranks of other noble...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Look Sharp While Seeing Sharp

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

While fashion styles are known to come and go, a certain 'shade' from the past has proved otherwise.

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Microspheres in Plasma Display Panels

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA does things that have never been done "before" sending spacecraft to other planets, sending people to the Moon, and exploring the limits of the...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Preventing Ice Before it Forms

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA has always been on the cutting edge of aviation safety research, though many of the technologies the Agency develops also find practical application in...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Affordable Space Tourism: SpaceStationSim

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

For over 5 years, people have been living and working in space on the International Space Station (ISS), a state-of-the-art laboratory complex...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
A Match Made in Space

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Just before the space shuttle reaches orbit, its three main engines shut down so that it can achieve separation from the massive external tank that provided the fuel...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
X-ray Device Makes Scrubbing Rugs Clean a Spotless Effort

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

If "pulling the rug out from under" means suddenly withdrawing support and assistance, then NASA is pretty good at "putting the...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
A Gold Medal Finish

In February of 1998, the U.S. Speedskating Team was coming off of a performance that yielded a silver medal and a bronze medal at the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Determined to win the coveted gold...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Blast-Off on Mission: SPACE

Part of NASA's mission is to inspire the next generation of explorers. NASA often reaches children—the inventors of tomorrow—through teachers, reporters, exhibit designers, and other...