NASA Spinoff

Environmental and Agricultural Resources

Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Carbon Capture Process Makes Sustainable Oil

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NASA has many researchers focused on the carbon cycle on Earth—and how it contributes to climate change—but the Space Agency has also spent plenty of time delving...

Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Laser Enables Precise Measurements for Weather Forecasting, Industry

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News of Hurricane Irma dominated forecasts for days before it made landfall in the Caribbean and then the southeastern United States in...

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Field-Scanning Drone Gives Farmers Better Data

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There’s a reason people talk about a “bird’s-eye view” and “as the crow flies”: flying allows access and a perspective you just can’t get with feet...

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Satellite Imagery Helps Farmers Cut Water Use in Half

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Irrigation—supplying water to growing crops—is one of the most important ways humans use water. Across the United States, for example, a full 80 percent of...

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Gas Processors Turn Oil Drilling Emissions into Fuel for Sale

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Pioneer Energy brings an unusual perspective to the oil and gas industry: many of its employees, including founder Robert Zubrin, have a background...

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Versatile Fuel Cells Stop Natural Gas Emissions at Oil Wells

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In 1999, a NASA engineer and a professor from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) ran into each other at a conference and hatched an idea....

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Rocket Expertise Assists Transition to Green Energy

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Around the world, economic growth and prosperity is tied to the availability of cheap energy. Coal is abundant and cheap, but in developed countries the...

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Pointing Platform Enables Earth Imaging from Space Station

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Most people think of the International Space Station (ISS) as a place to learn about space, but in recent years the modules of humanity’s only outpost...

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Algorithms to Detect Clouds Forecast Global Crop Production

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It started as an algorithm to detect clouds in satellite imagery, but now the software is being used for everything from increasing food security in the...

Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Building-Monitoring System Provides Insights for Sustainability

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When we talk about “green buildings,” the conversation is generally about reducing consumption. That’s because buildings and their occupants...

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Space Station Garden Shines Light on Earth-Based Horticulture

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Astronauts have been gardening on the International Space Station for years to learn how plants grow in microgravity, with the idea that space crops...

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Emissive Coatings Cut Industrial Costs, Emissions, Fuel Consumption

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It’s no surprise that the experimental X-Plane Program has led to improvements in commercial flight, but the program also produces...

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Electrified Bacteria Clean Wastewater, Generate Power

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NASA recently sent into space organisms that might sound like they came from space to begin with—microbes that can essentially breathe electricity.

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Mineral Analyzer Shakes Answers Out of Soil and Rocks

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How do you search for signs of life on a planet you’ve never been to? If you’re NASA, you send robots to do your dirty work, sifting through the soil and...

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Organic Compound Turns Toxic Waste into Harmless Byproducts

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In 2004, a team of researchers at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) was trying to develop a substance that would glow to indicate the presence of...

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LED Lighting Improves Efficiency, Imaging, Cuts Maintenance

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When Stennis Space Center officials wanted to try more energy-efficient lighting in the center’s rocket engine test stands, they couldn’t simply go...

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Plant Food for Space Grows Crops on Earth

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The goal is a fresh and tasty salad on Mars. While other NASA programs are working on getting to the Red Planet, the Agency’s Veggie team is figuring out how to grow...

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Remote Sensing Technology Fights Forest Fires Smarter

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Fires were raging in Northern California in June 2008, at the height of one of the state’s most destructive wildfire seasons in history, and one blaze was...

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Earth Images Enable Near-Perfect Crop Predictions

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NASA has been taking pictures of Earth from space for as long as the Space Agency has been around—and well before Boston-based startup TellusLabs began using...

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Micronutrient Formula Strengthens Plants, Increasing Yields

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away—but how do you bring enough apples, and other fresh food, all the way to Mars and back? Given the limits on how...

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Chemical Simulation Software Predicts Climate Change, Air Quality

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For climate scientists, the whole Earth is a laboratory. They need to observe what is happening across the entire planet over long swaths of...

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NASA Kite Invention Spurs Ever-Growing Educational Program

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When an educational agency contacted NASA engineer Geoff Bland in 2010, wondering about a way to monitor ponds and streams where water samples were being...

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Building Sensor Monitors Power Usage, Device by Device

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When NASA wanted to build the greenest, most energy-efficient Federal building in the United States, it needed a way to keep track of the energy being...

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Computer Learning Program Inventories Farmers’ Fields

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There are now countless Earth-imaging satellites circling the globe, with more being sent up each year than the previous year. Yet with all those lenses...

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Low-Cost Flow Meters Bring Efficiency, Reliability to Nuclear Plants

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The technology looks unassuming enough: circular metal plates with multiple holes in them. The plates usually sport a large central hole...

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Controlled-Release Fertilizer Takes Root in Fields, Groves Worldwide

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Astronaut ice cream may be an exotic treat for kids, but for real space explorers, it turns out a fresh, crunchy salad could sometimes really...

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Satellite Imagery Sheds Light on Agricultural Water Use

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Earth may be the “Blue Planet,” with more than 70 percent of its surface covered in water, but it is still a thirsty planet, with freshwater in heavy...

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Earth Observation Spots, Helps Prevent Rainforest Fires

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Since the launch of the first Landsat satellite in 1972, NASA’s observations of Earth from space have famously been used for charting trends in climate,...

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GPS Correction Technology Lets Tractors Drive Themselves

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There has been much talk of self-driving cars lately, as various automakers and technology companies such as Google race to put the first fully autonomous...

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Software Helps Restore Fire-Ravaged Habitats

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Idaho is a nature-lover’s dream. Forests there blanket swaths of terrain, from the glassy lake regions of the northern Panhandle to the famous trout-fishing streams...