Spinoff: Computer Technology
Modeling Software Helps Rocket Scientists Go with the Flow
Modeling Software Helps Rocket Scientists Go with the Flow

NASA Technology

Rocket science and simplicity don’t normally go hand in hand, but that’s what NASA had in mind when the Agency developed the Fastrac turbopump in the...

Modeling Software Helps Rocket Scientists Go with the Flow
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Open Source Tools Popularize Infrastructure for Cloud Computing
Open Source Tools Popularize Infrastructure for Cloud Computing

NASA Technology

When a small group of NASA software developers met with representatives of Rackspace Inc. at a Thai restaurant in early 2010, few would have...

Open Source Tools Popularize Infrastructure for Cloud Computing
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: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Multispectral Satellite Imagery Shows Farmers’ Fields in New Light
Multispectral Satellite Imagery Shows Farmers’ Fields in New Light

NASA Technology

L anny Faleide founded his Agri ImaGIS company, now called Satshot Inc., in 1994 on an idea that may have given offense to the day’s tillers...

Multispectral Satellite Imagery Shows Farmers’ Fields in New Light
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Artificial Intelligence Targets Advertising by Understanding User
Artificial Intelligence Targets Advertising by Understanding User

NASA Technology

A couple of years ago, AJ Abdallat went online and bought a bracelet from a major department store as a gift for his wife. He wasn’t happy with...

Artificial Intelligence Targets Advertising by Understanding User
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Antimicrobial Agent Updates Ancient Industry of Prayer Mats
Antimicrobial Agent Updates Ancient Industry of Prayer Mats

NASA Technology

Although it is one of the most abundant organic compounds on Earth, chitin is not among the best understood. For example, chitosan, a derivative of...

Antimicrobial Agent Updates Ancient Industry of Prayer Mats
Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Cost-Saving Method Yields Solar Cells for Exploration, Gadgets
Cost-Saving Method Yields Solar Cells for Exploration, Gadgets

NASA Technology

It’s expensive to fly to low-Earth orbit, let alone Mars and beyond. Engines are still propelled primarily by burning liquid fuel, but future...

Cost-Saving Method Yields Solar Cells for Exploration, Gadgets
Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Tiny Capsules Enable a World of Possibilities
Tiny Capsules Enable a World of Possibilities

NASA Technology

Big opportunities sometimes come in the smallest packages.

Tiny Capsules Enable a World of Possibilities
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Electro-Optic Ceramic Creates High-Speed Fiber-Optic Networks
Electro-Optic Ceramic Creates High-Speed Fiber-Optic Networks

NASA Technology

By 2002, Corning Applied Technologies had developed a new electro-optic ceramic material, one that promised efficient, effective, rugged, low-cost...

Electro-Optic Ceramic Creates High-Speed Fiber-Optic Networks
Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Pressure Garments Save New Mothers’ Lives
Pressure Garments Save New Mothers’ Lives

NASA Technology

In 1969 NASA Ames Research Center received an unusual call for help: a local woman who had given birth continued to experience abdominal bleeding weeks later despite...

Pressure Garments Save New Mothers’ Lives
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Modified Monitor Provides Glasses-Free 3D for Pilots, Gamers
Modified Monitor Provides Glasses-Free 3D for Pilots, Gamers

NASA Technology

When flying the increasingly crowded skies, pilots need to have an arsenal of information at the ready: altitude, airspeed, fuel level, distance to...

Modified Monitor Provides Glasses-Free 3D for Pilots, Gamers
Spinoff: Computer Technology
System-Health Monitor Predicts Failures before They Happen
System-Health Monitor Predicts Failures before They Happen

NASA Technology

A young engineering and technical services company is betting that NASA teams at the Mission Control Center in Houston, aboard the International Space...

System-Health Monitor Predicts Failures before They Happen
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: Computer Technology
NASA Climate Analytics Support Biological Research
NASA Climate Analytics Support Biological Research

NASA Technology

Every few seconds, NASA’s satellites transmit more than a gigabyte of data back to Earth. By 2030, it’s estimated the Agency will have amassed 350 petabytes...

NASA Climate Analytics Support Biological Research
Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Space-Ready Durometers Measure Hardness on Earth
Space-Ready Durometers Measure Hardness on Earth

NASA Technology

There are no mechanic shops in space.

Space-Ready Durometers Measure Hardness on Earth
Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Cryocoolers Fuel Exploration in Space and on Earth
Cryocoolers Fuel Exploration in Space and on Earth

NASA Technology

Studying solar flares and particle acceleration requires cool heads and lots of intricate planning. When NASA was preparing to launch the Reuven Ramaty High...

Cryocoolers Fuel Exploration in Space and on Earth
Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Temperature-Resistant Materials Enable Space-Like Cold on Earth
Temperature-Resistant Materials Enable Space-Like Cold on Earth

NASA Technology

In spacecraft construction, even components like tape can require cutting-edge technology.

Temperature-Resistant Materials Enable Space-Like Cold on Earth
Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Flock of Nanosatellites Provides a Daily Picture of Earth
Flock of Nanosatellites Provides a Daily Picture of Earth

NASA Technology

Because of their expense, building and operating satellites has long been the purview of large companies and Government agencies. Having to manufacture...

Flock of Nanosatellites Provides a Daily Picture of Earth
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: 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
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: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
High-Temperature Superconductors Deliver Power without Heat
High-Temperature Superconductors Deliver Power without Heat

NASA Technology

It came to be known as the “Woodstock of Physics.” Thousands of scientists tried to squeeze into the Sutton Ballroom of the New York Hilton,...

High-Temperature Superconductors Deliver Power without Heat
Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Lasers Enable Alternative Power Transmission
Lasers Enable Alternative Power Transmission

NASA Technology

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, in his hugely successful 1979 work The Fountains of Paradise, crafted a story around the development of a technology that had...

Lasers Enable Alternative Power Transmission
Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Rodent Research Contributes to Osteoporosis Treatments
Rodent Research Contributes to Osteoporosis Treatments

NASA Technology

Astronauts know their bodies will be tested during time spent on the International Space Station (ISS), from the multiple sunrises and sunsets per day...

Rodent Research Contributes to Osteoporosis Treatments
Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Helium Recapture System Reclaims Hydrogen for Industry Use
Helium Recapture System Reclaims Hydrogen for Industry Use

NASA Technology

Rising helium prices might not put much of a dent in the average birthday party balloon budget, but they add up quickly for an organization like NASA,...

Helium Recapture System Reclaims Hydrogen for Industry Use
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: 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: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Custom 3D Printers Revolutionize the Space Supply Chain

NASA Technology

Like a desert caravan, a space flight crew has to bring with it everything it will need over the course of its journey into an utterly barren environment. This has always meant allotting room for every gyroscope or astrolabe, every LED housing or oil lamp. In space...

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...