NASA Spinoff

Transportation

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Researchers at the Advanced Materials and Processing Branch at Langley Research Center created a superior polyimide foam as insulation for...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Spacecraft and aerospace engines share a common threat: high temperature. The temperatures experienced during atmospheric reentry can reach...

Spinoff: Transportation
Sensors Locate Radio Interference

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

While many air travelers are accustomed to rules against electronic devices during takeoff and landing, they might not be aware that these devices are...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

As part of its research to make air travel safer, NASA began collaborating with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2005 to...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

A small pile of PETI-330 resinous powder PETI-330 is the first resin created specifically for high-temperature composites formed with resin...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Designers use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to gain greater understanding of the fluid flow phenomena involved in components...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA astronauts plan to return to the Moon as early as 2015 and establish a lunar base, from which 6-month flights to Mars...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

The last 35 years have seen a sea change in the design of trucks on America’s highways, reflecting extensive research...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

For over 30 years, NASA and U.S. Army engineers have worked together at Ames Research Center to make rotorcraft fly...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

As increased energy efficiency, and particularly fuel efficiency, becomes a greater concern, hybrid and electric...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Ice accumulation is a serious safety hazard for aircraft. The presence of ice on airplane surfaces prevents the even flow of air, which...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Advanced rotorcraft airfoils developed by U.S. Army engineers working with NASA's Langley Research Center were part of the Army's risk...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Aviation is one of the safest means of transportation, but aviation safety professionals always work to make it safer. When flights operate...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Often times, when people think of NASA, they think of space travel. The first "A" in NASA, however, is for "Aeronautics," and the Agency has always...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Gridlock, bottlenecks, bumper-to-bumper jams—we all get caught in congestion at one time or another, as the rigors of road traffic are...

Spinoff: Transportation
Bringing In The Reinforcements

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

What do NASA and ballistics have in common? More than the average person may know. Everyday, millions of Americans drive in vehicles, cross over bridges,...

Spinoff: Transportation
The Perfect Mate For Safe Fueling

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Referred to as the "lifeline for any space launch vehicle" by NASA Space Launch Initiative Program Manager Warren Wiley, an umbilical is a large device...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Seven years ago, NASA was in the planning stages of producing an aluminum alloy with higher strength and resistance at elevated temperatures for...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Producing a new aircraft engine currently costs approximately $1 billion, with 3 years of development time for a commercial engine and 10...

Spinoff: Transportation
From Rockets to Racecars

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA's Langley Research Center scientists developed a family of catalysts for low- temperature oxidation of carbon monoxide and other gases. The catalysts provide...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Wake vortices are generated by all aircraft during flight. The larger the aircraft, the stronger the wake, so the Federal Aviation...

Spinoff: Transportation
Popping a Hole in High-Speed Pursuits

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA's Plum Brook Station, a 6,400-acre, remote test installation site for Glenn Research Center, houses unique, world-class test facilities,...

Spinoff: Transportation
3-D Highway in the Sky

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

If it were 50 years ago, NASA's contribution to rock and roll could have been more than just the all-astronaut rock band, Max Q, composed of six NASA astronauts, all...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Advanced chemical sensors are used in aeronautic and space applications to provide safety monitoring, emission monitoring, and...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Langley Research Center conducts research in support of all of the aeronautics project at NASA. It continues to forge new frontiers in...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

It is possible to get a crude estimate of wind speed and direction while driving a car at night in the rain, with the motion of the...

Spinoff: Transportation
Steering Aircraft Clear of Choppy Air

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

On December 28, 1997, a United Airlines plane flying from Japan to Hawaii experienced severe turbulence while over the West Pacific Ocean. Over 100...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

All turbofan engines work on the same principle. A large fan at the front of the engine draws air in. A portion of the air enters the...

Spinoff: Transportation
Image Acquisition in Real Time

AcquireNow is the software imaging engine within the Avera™ Breast Imaging System.

Spinoff: Transportation
Software With Strong Ties to Space

With more than 50 years of combined NASA experience under the belts of Tietronix Software, Inc.'s management team, commercial partners from small businesses to Fortune 500 firms are benefiting...