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Spinoff: Public Safety
Radar Device Detects Heartbeats Trapped under Wreckage
Radar Device Detects Heartbeats Trapped under Wreckage

NASA Technology

Late on a sweltering morning in July 2016, David Lewis Jr. crawls into a concrete tube in a heap of rubble amid what used to be a Northern Virginia prison...

Radar Device Detects Heartbeats Trapped under Wreckage
Spinoff: Public Safety
Surveillance System Captures, Maps Lightning Strikes
Surveillance System Captures, Maps Lightning Strikes

NASA Technology

On July 7, 2011, as Space Shuttle Atlantis sat on the launch pad just one day before it was due to make the final voyage of NASA’s 30-year Shuttle program,...

Surveillance System Captures, Maps Lightning Strikes
Spinoff: Public Safety
Virtual Reality Platform Helps Pilots Land in the Sky
Virtual Reality Platform Helps Pilots Land in the Sky

NASA Technology

When a plane overshoots the final approach for a landing, often the pilot’s natural—and dangerous—instinct is to pitch up the aircraft to slow down and...

Virtual Reality Platform Helps Pilots Land in the Sky
Spinoff: Public Safety
Autonomous Robots Take On Dangerous Warehouse Jobs
Autonomous Robots Take On Dangerous Warehouse Jobs

NASA Technology

“Where does a 600-pound spider go? Anywhere she wants to.”

Autonomous Robots Take On Dangerous Warehouse Jobs
Spinoff: Public Safety
Drone Traffic Forecasts Show Commercial Skies of the Future
Drone Traffic Forecasts Show Commercial Skies of the Future

NASA Technology

It’s a safe bet that the skies of the future will be hosting a lot more drones than they do today. If you can see beyond the low-flying pizza and...

Drone Traffic Forecasts Show Commercial Skies of the Future
Spinoff: Public Safety
Offshore Oil Workers Learn Survival Skills in Astronaut Training Pool
Offshore Oil Workers Learn Survival Skills in Astronaut Training Pool

NASA Technology

To simulate weightlessness while rehearsing for NASA’s 1966 Gemini 12 mission, astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Gene Cernan practiced spacewalks...

Offshore Oil Workers Learn Survival Skills in Astronaut Training Pool
Spinoff: Public Safety
Rocket Technology Stops Shaking in Its Tracks
Rocket Technology Stops Shaking in Its Tracks

NASA Technology

Rocket launches—or earthquakes—are already punishing experiences. But it turns out there are some things that can make them worse: like if the vibrations hit the...

Rocket Technology Stops Shaking in Its Tracks
Spinoff: Public Safety
Micromachined Sensors Monitor Train Rails, Predict Failures
Micromachined Sensors Monitor Train Rails, Predict Failures

NASA Technology

Sensors originally designed to predict failures in a helicopter transmission have found an unexpected use detecting problems in train tracks. When...

Micromachined Sensors Monitor Train Rails, Predict Failures
Spinoff: Public Safety
Fast-Flow Nanofiber Filters Purify Water at Home and in the Field
Fast-Flow Nanofiber Filters Purify Water at Home and in the Field

NASA Technology

More than a billion people around the world lack easy access to clean water—some trek for miles just to fill jugs for themselves and their...

Fast-Flow Nanofiber Filters Purify Water at Home and in the Field
Spinoff: Public Safety
Orion Video Requirement Advances High-Speed, Compact Cameras
Orion Video Requirement Advances High-Speed, Compact Cameras

NASA Technology

Parachute deployment is usually a fairly simple—if crucial—operation. A small pilot parachute tossed into the wind might pull free a pin securing...

Orion Video Requirement Advances High-Speed, Compact Cameras
Spinoff: Public Safety
Miniaturized Vacuum Pumps Play Big Roles on Mars and Earth
Miniaturized Vacuum Pumps Play Big Roles on Mars and Earth

NASA Technology

As its name implies, the Curiosity rover lowered into Gale Crater on Mars by sky crane in August 2012 has a lot of questions to answer. The most pressing,...

Miniaturized Vacuum Pumps Play Big Roles on Mars and Earth
Spinoff: Public Safety
Wire Sensors Alert to Dangerous Conditions in the Clouds
Wire Sensors Alert to Dangerous Conditions in the Clouds

NASA Technology

One common hazard facing airplanes is ice: not just on the ground, but in the air, where it can coat wings or engines. But how do you know when icing...

Wire Sensors Alert to Dangerous Conditions in the Clouds
Spinoff: Public Safety
GPS Sensor Web Helps Forecasters Warn of Monsoon Flash Floods
GPS Sensor Web Helps Forecasters Warn of Monsoon Flash Floods

NASA Technology

In the American Southwest and in northwestern Mexico, more than half the annual rainfall often comes in the form of the torrential and unpredictable...

GPS Sensor Web Helps Forecasters Warn of Monsoon Flash Floods
Spinoff: Public Safety
Analytic Tool Simplifies Metal Fracture Assessments
Analytic Tool Simplifies Metal Fracture Assessments

NASA Technology

When NASA builds a spacecraft, materials engineers at the Agency have the important task of assessing the structural properties of the materials that comprise...

Analytic Tool Simplifies Metal Fracture Assessments
Spinoff: Public Safety
Hydrogen Detection Tape Saves Time and Lives
Hydrogen Detection Tape Saves Time and Lives

NASA Technology

From the Apollo missions through the Space Shuttle Program, NASA has relied on liquid hydrogen as a fuel source for the upper stages of its rocket launches. The reason...

Hydrogen Detection Tape Saves Time and Lives
Spinoff: Public Safety
Rice Crop Models Stabilize Global Markets, Enable Efficient Irrigation
Rice Crop Models Stabilize Global Markets, Enable Efficient Irrigation

NASA Technology

When global food prices spiked dramatically in late 2007 and into 2008, with the costs of many basic dietary staples doubling or even...

Rice Crop Models Stabilize Global Markets, Enable Efficient Irrigation
Spinoff: Public Safety
Single-Photon Lidar Maps Ground Features Quickly, Efficiently
Single-Photon Lidar Maps Ground Features Quickly, Efficiently

NASA Technology

Taking topographic measurements with single photons in broad daylight means pushing the limits of precision, and this is what Sigma Space Corporation...

Single-Photon Lidar Maps Ground Features Quickly, Efficiently
Spinoff: Public Safety
Mars Methane Detector Identifies Harmful Gas Leaks
Mars Methane Detector Identifies Harmful Gas Leaks

NASA Technology

Residing inside the intestines of animals and in marshes, bogs, untreated sewage, ocean sediment, and other places devoid of oxygen are microbes called...

Mars Methane Detector Identifies Harmful Gas Leaks
Spinoff: Public Safety
Underwater Adhesives Retrofit Pipelines with Advanced Sensors

NASA Technology

B y the time the gas you fill your car with hits the engine, it’s been through quite a journey. Even apart from its transformation from organic matter into fossil fuel over millions of years, the process of bringing petroleum to Earth’s surface, where it...

Spinoff: Public Safety
Shock Absorbers Save Structures and Lives during Earthquakes
Shock Absorbers Save Structures and Lives during Earthquakes

NASA Technology

In the early 1960s NASA tackled one of its greatest challenges: sending a man to the moon. The physical embodiment of that effort, the Apollo...

Shock Absorbers Save Structures and Lives during Earthquakes
Spinoff: Public Safety
Software Facilitates Sharing of Water Quality Data Worldwide
Software Facilitates Sharing of Water Quality Data Worldwide

NASA Technology

Onboard the International Space Station, or ISS, very little goes to waste. One of the more glaring examples is the spacecraft’s water supply, which...

Software Facilitates Sharing of Water Quality Data Worldwide
Spinoff: Public Safety
Laser Imaging Video Camera Sees through Fire, Fog, Smoke
Laser Imaging Video Camera Sees through Fire, Fog, Smoke

NASA Technology

In November 2012, Bob Foraker was strolling through the NASA Technology Days expo in Cleveland, Ohio. He was there to look for technology that might apply...

Laser Imaging Video Camera Sees through Fire, Fog, Smoke
Spinoff: Public Safety
Water Mapping Technology Rebuilds Lives in Arid Regions
Water Mapping Technology Rebuilds Lives in Arid Regions

NASA Technology

Turkana County in northwest Kenya has been reeling from several years of crippling drought. As a consequence, the nomadic peoples in the region have...

Water Mapping Technology Rebuilds Lives in Arid Regions
Spinoff: Public Safety
3D Lasers Increase Efficiency, Safety of Moving Machines
3D Lasers Increase Efficiency, Safety of Moving Machines

NASA Technology

As NASA planned the logistics for a proposed space station, called Space Station Freedom, in the early 1990s, one of the agency’s concerns was ensuring...

3D Lasers Increase Efficiency, Safety of Moving Machines
Spinoff: Public Safety
Coatings Preserve Metal, Stone, Tile, and Concrete
Coatings Preserve Metal, Stone, Tile, and Concrete

NASA Technology

As numerous achievements have taken place in space over the last 50-plus years, a number of innovations have simultaneously taken place on the ground. For...

Coatings Preserve Metal, Stone, Tile, and Concrete
Spinoff: Public Safety
Robots Spur Software That Lends a Hand
Robots Spur Software That Lends a Hand

NASA Technology

Robonaut 2 flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station (ISS) in early 2011, but its development has been many years in the making. In 1997, Johnson...

Robots Spur Software That Lends a Hand
Spinoff: Public Safety
Catalytic Converters Maintain Air Quality in Mines
Catalytic Converters Maintain Air Quality in Mines

NASA Technology

In the 1980s, Langley Research Center teamed up with the Federal Aviation Administration to develop a technology for the space-based detection of wind shears,...

Catalytic Converters Maintain Air Quality in Mines
Spinoff: Public Safety
Air Systems Provide Life Support to Miners
Air Systems Provide Life Support to Miners

NASA Technology

On July 21, 2011, the Space Shuttle Atlantis, having successfully completed a 13-day mission to ferry supplies and spare parts to the International Space Station (ISS),...

Air Systems Provide Life Support to Miners
Spinoff: Public Safety
Cloud-Based Data Sharing Connects Emergency Managers
Cloud-Based Data Sharing Connects Emergency Managers

NASA Technology

In a world that’s increasingly interconnected, the effects of even smaller-scale natural disasters or other emergencies are often felt far and wide. Not all...

Cloud-Based Data Sharing Connects Emergency Managers
Spinoff: Public Safety
Ultrasonic Detectors Safely Identify Dangerous, Costly Leaks

NASA Technology

In 1990, NASA grounded its space shuttle fleet. The reason: leaks detected in the hydrogen fuel systems of the Space Shuttles Atlantis and Columbia. Unless the sources of the leaks could be identified and fixed, the shuttles would not be safe to...