NASA Spinoff

Transportation

Spinoff: Transportation
Data Visualizer Enhances Modeling for Cars, Consumer Products
Data Visualizer Enhances Modeling for Cars, Consumer Products

NASA Technology

Nearly 20 years ago, Pieter Buning was in the early stages of his career with NASA, working on an interactive graphics program called Plot3D. “Life...

Data Visualizer Enhances Modeling for Cars, Consumer Products
Spinoff: Transportation
Innovative Design Propels Small Jet Faster, Farther with Less Fuel
Innovative Design Propels Small Jet Faster, Farther with Less Fuel

NASA Technology

These days computers handle a lot of the work for designing an airplane, but when it comes to seeing how well the new design will really handle in...

Innovative Design Propels Small Jet Faster, Farther with Less Fuel
Spinoff: Transportation
Design Software Transforms How Commercial Jetliners Are Built
Design Software Transforms How Commercial Jetliners Are Built

NASA Technology

In the late 1990s, as computers were becoming vastly more powerful, Stuart Rogers began working on Pegasus 5—software that made use of this...

Design Software Transforms How Commercial Jetliners Are Built
Spinoff: Transportation
Original Cryogenic Engine Still Powers Exploration, Defense, Industry
Original Cryogenic Engine Still Powers Exploration, Defense, Industry

NASA Technology

At a time when cell phones and automobile features are outdated after a few short years, it may seem impossible that any technology would...

Original Cryogenic Engine Still Powers Exploration, Defense, Industry
Spinoff: Transportation
Time-Triggered Ethernet Slims Down Critical Data Systems
Time-Triggered Ethernet Slims Down Critical Data Systems

NASA Technology

Ethernet computer networks date back to the 1970s and are now used virtually everywhere, including in space. Inexpensive, ubiquitous, and easy to use,...

Time-Triggered Ethernet Slims Down Critical Data Systems
Spinoff: Transportation
Simplified Aircraft Modeling Packs Weeks of Analysis into Minutes
Simplified Aircraft Modeling Packs Weeks of Analysis into Minutes

NASA Technology

It wasn’t Walt Silva’s job to invent a technique to dramatically speed up computational modeling of aircraft. But the NASA researcher did it...

Simplified Aircraft Modeling Packs Weeks of Analysis into Minutes
Spinoff: Transportation
Hydraulic Carts Streamline Structural Tests for Aircraft
Hydraulic Carts Streamline Structural Tests for Aircraft

NASA Technology

Facilities for mechanical loads testing of aircraft and spacecraft are often jungles of cables, wiring, and hoses.

Hydraulic Carts Streamline Structural Tests for Aircraft
Spinoff: Transportation
CO2 Sensors Monitor Vehicle Emissions from Above
CO2 Sensors Monitor Vehicle Emissions from Above

NASA Technology

Life on Earth is surrounded by, and dependent on, carbon dioxide (CO2). Plants need it for photosynthesis; people and animals exhale it; industry and...

CO2 Sensors Monitor Vehicle Emissions from Above
Spinoff: Transportation
Orion Parachute Innovations Carry Commercial Rockets Back to Earth
Orion Parachute Innovations Carry Commercial Rockets Back to Earth

NASA Technology

No human venture into space is a success until craft and crew have safely returned to Earth.

Orion Parachute Innovations Carry Commercial Rockets Back to Earth
Spinoff: Transportation
Software Opens Computational Fluid Dynamics to the Uninitiated
Software Opens Computational Fluid Dynamics to the Uninitiated

NASA Technology

Sukra Helitek Inc.’s simplified, user-friendly computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software package began with Ganesh Rajagopalan essentially trying...

Software Opens Computational Fluid Dynamics to the Uninitiated
Spinoff: Transportation
Design Software Shapes Future Sonic Booms
Design Software Shapes Future Sonic Booms

NASA Technology

It’s been more than 70 years since an airplane first broke the sound barrier, and yet supersonic flights remain mostly out of reach for civilian passengers, in large...

Design Software Shapes Future Sonic Booms
Spinoff: Transportation
Unmanned Research Aircraft Test Cutting-Edge Innovations
Unmanned Research Aircraft Test Cutting-Edge Innovations

Born out of a desire for aircraft to be able to take off and land capably at airports with shorter runways to alleviate congestion at the major hubs, the circulation control wing...

Unmanned Research Aircraft Test Cutting-Edge Innovations
Spinoff: Transportation
Open Source Aircraft Design Software Helps Industry, Hobbyists
Open Source Aircraft Design Software Helps Industry, Hobbyists

NASA Technology

The old saying about the inability to build a better mousetrap could also apply to aircraft design tools. For years, the best, and maybe only, way to...

Open Source Aircraft Design Software Helps Industry, Hobbyists
Spinoff: Transportation
Multidisciplinary Software to Help Take Aircraft to the Next Level
Multidisciplinary Software to Help Take Aircraft to the Next Level

NASA Technology

Consider any component of a modern passenger airplane, and you’ll discover a remarkable amount of engineering complexity that went into its...

Multidisciplinary Software to Help Take Aircraft to the Next Level
Spinoff: Transportation
Lightweight, Ultra-Strong Nanotubes to Transform Industry
Lightweight, Ultra-Strong Nanotubes to Transform Industry

NASA Technology

In June of 1991, Japanese scientist Sumio Iijima had been studying fullerenes, man-made molecules made up entirely of carbon, when he discovered under an...

Lightweight, Ultra-Strong Nanotubes to Transform Industry
Spinoff: Transportation
Orbital Trajectory Analyzer Takes Mission Planning to New Heights
Orbital Trajectory Analyzer Takes Mission Planning to New Heights

NASA Technology

There’s some wizardry involved in sending a rocket or other spacecraft beyond the oppressive reach of Earth’s gravity. Long before the first...

Orbital Trajectory Analyzer Takes Mission Planning to New Heights
Spinoff: Transportation
Flight Controller Software Protects Lightweight, Flexible Aircraft

NASA Technology

Since its founding in 1958, NASA has made profound contributions to aviation, including advancing our understanding of flight mechanics—the study of forces that affect aircraft in flight—and devising ways to improve aircraft performance.

Spinoff: Transportation
IonoSTAGE Ensures Accuracy of Pilots’ GPS

NASA Technology

To permit safe and reliable aircraft navigation over North America using the Global Positioning System (GPS), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has developed the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), which improves the accuracy, availability, continuity, and integrity of...

Spinoff: Transportation
Aircraft Geared Architecture Reduces Fuel Cost and Noise
Aircraft Geared Architecture Reduces Fuel Cost and Noise

NASA Technology

Just 12 years after the Wright brothers became the first to take to the skies in a powered airplane, in 1915 Congress established the National Advisory...

Aircraft Geared Architecture Reduces Fuel Cost and Noise
Spinoff: Transportation
Ubiquitous Supercritical Wing Design Cuts Billions in Fuel Costs
Ubiquitous Supercritical Wing Design Cuts Billions in Fuel Costs

NASA Technology

By the time he was visiting what is now known as Armstrong Flight Research Center to witness the first tests of his latest creation, Richard T....

Ubiquitous Supercritical Wing Design Cuts Billions in Fuel Costs
Spinoff: Transportation
Cabin Pressure Monitors Notify Pilots to Save Lives

NASA Technology

Typical cruising altitudes for business and commercial aircraft are up to 50,000 feet or more. At such altitudes, the oxygen concentrations in the air are much lower than on the ground. Occupants could not survive in this environment without pressure inside the aircraft...

Spinoff: Transportation
NASA Standards Inform Comfortable Car Seats
NASA Standards Inform Comfortable Car Seats

NASA Technology

In the beginning, safety trumped comfort in spacecraft designs for human space travel. Mihriban Whitmore, a manager in the Human Research Program at NASA’s Johnson...

NASA Standards Inform Comfortable Car Seats
Spinoff: Transportation
Data Mining Tools Make Flights Safer, More Efficient
Data Mining Tools Make Flights Safer, More Efficient

NASA Technology

When an aircraft experiences catastrophic failure, it’s not difficult to tell that something has gone wrong. But even if an airplane reaches its destination...

Data Mining Tools Make Flights Safer, More Efficient
Spinoff: Transportation
Experiments Result in Safer, Spin-Resistant Aircraft
Experiments Result in Safer, Spin-Resistant Aircraft

NASA Technology

James M. Patton Jr. completed a whopping 8,000 spin turns throughout his career at NASA. As a research pilot at Langley Research Center, Patton and his...

Experiments Result in Safer, Spin-Resistant Aircraft
Spinoff: Transportation
Heat Shield Paves the Way for Commercial Space
Heat Shield Paves the Way for Commercial Space

NASA Technology

Comets are beautiful, and apparently it’s a youthful kind of beauty, because they look about the same from the time they were born. Often referred to as dirty...

Heat Shield Paves the Way for Commercial Space
Spinoff: Transportation
Interfaces Visualize Data for Airline Safety, Efficiency
 Interfaces Visualize Data for Airline Safety, Efficiency

NASA Technology

It was Henry Ford who said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” Following such an adage,...

 Interfaces Visualize Data for Airline Safety, Efficiency
Spinoff: Transportation
Anti-Icing Formulas Prevent Train Delays

In the winter of 2009, Washington, DC, workers faced the prospect of a difficult commute due to record-setting snowfalls. But thousands of the city’s Metrorail riders found the public transportation system fully functional, thanks in part to a NASA technology invented years before.

Spinoff: Transportation
Shuttle Repair Tools Automate Vehicle Maintenance

NASA Technology

Successfully building, flying, and maintaining the space shuttles was an immensely complex job that required a high level of detailed, precise engineering. After each shuttle landed, it entered a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) phase. Each system...

Spinoff: Transportation
Pressure-Sensitive Paints Advance Rotorcraft Design Testing

NASA Technology

The rotors of certain helicopters can spin at speeds as high as 500 revolutions per minute. As the blades slice through the air, they flex, moving into the wind and back out, experiencing pressure changes on the order of thousands of times a second...

Spinoff: Transportation
Polymers Advance Heat Management Materials for Vehicles

NASA Technology

For 6 years prior to the retirement of the Space Shuttle Program, the shuttles carried an onboard repair kit with a tool for emergency use: two tubes of NOAX, or “good goo,” as some people called it. NOAX flew on all 22 flights following the Columbia...