Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Metalworking Techniques Unlock a Unique Alloy

NASA Technology

Half a century ago, a scientist at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory discovered that an alloy containing 60 percent nickel and 40 percent titanium could provide exceptional performance for rocket nose cones undergoing the rigors of atmospheric reentry. While the Navy experimented...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Improved Calibration Shows Images’ True Colors
Improved Calibration Shows Images’ True Colors

NASA Technology

In satellite images, the waters of the Pearl River, which winds around NASA’s Stennis Space Center, are about the same brownish green typical of waterways the...

Improved Calibration Shows Images’ True Colors
Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Space Grant Research Launches Rehabilitation Chair
Space Grant Research Launches Rehabilitation Chair

NASA Technology

A stay on the International Space Station is no vacation. During a visit to the orbiting National Laboratory, astronauts divide their time among a variety of...

Space Grant Research Launches Rehabilitation Chair
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Magnetic Fluids Deliver Better Speaker Sound Quality

NASA Technology

In the early 1960s NASA scientists were trying to work around a major problem for orbiting spacecraft: how to move fuel into an engine without the benefit of gravity. A scientist at Lewis Research Center (now Glenn Research Center) came up with a possible solution,...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Micromachined Parts Advance Medicine, Astrophysics, and More

NASA Technology

Anyone who remembers the Micro Machines line of toys might be surprised to learn that the tiny model vehicles are positively gargantuan compared with actual micromachine manufacturing. While specimens of the miniature toy collection may indeed have been...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Testing Devices Garner Data on Insulation Performance
Testing Devices Garner Data on Insulation Performance

NASA Technology

Whether you wanted to know how certain insulation would work on a Mars-bound spacecraft or on an Earth-based refrigerator, you would want to test its...

Testing Devices Garner Data on Insulation Performance
Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Oxygen Sensors Monitor Bioreactors and Ensure Health and Safety
Oxygen Sensors Monitor Bioreactors and Ensure Health and Safety

NASA Technology

In the mid-1990s scientists at NASA Kennedy Space Center were experimenting with an unusual substance: cow digestive bacteria. Could it break down...

Oxygen Sensors Monitor Bioreactors and Ensure Health and Safety
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Portable Planetariums Teach Science
 Portable Planetariums Teach Science

NASA Technology

By the mid-1990s, NASA was collecting an enormous amount of information about Earth and the universe. For example, the Earth Observing System, comprising a fleet of satellites,...

 Portable Planetariums Teach Science
Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Electrical Monitoring Devices Save on Time and Cost
Electrical Monitoring Devices Save on Time and Cost

NASA Technology

The sun requires no introduction. Earth orbits it; life happens because of it; we schedule our lives around its rhythmic risings and settings. Yet, despite its...

Electrical Monitoring Devices Save on Time and Cost
Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Liquid Cooling Technology Increases Exercise Efficiency
Liquid Cooling Technology Increases Exercise Efficiency

NASA Technology

The human body in space is as vulnerable as a fish out of water. Beyond a spacecraft’s protective environment, there is no oxygen to breathe and nothing to...

Liquid Cooling Technology Increases Exercise Efficiency
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Air Revitalization System Enables Excursions to the Stratosphere
Air Revitalization System Enables Excursions to the Stratosphere

NASA Technology

In order to test a parachute system for surviving high-altitude bailouts, from 1959 to 1960 the US Air Force commenced Project Excelsior. It...

Air Revitalization System Enables Excursions to the Stratosphere
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: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Probes Measure Gases for Environmental Research
Probes Measure Gases for Environmental Research

NASA Technology

To understand climate change, we need to understand the movement of carbon, one of the planet’s most abundant resources and a building block of life that is...

Probes Measure Gases for Environmental Research
Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Remote Sensing Technologies Mitigate Drought
Remote Sensing Technologies Mitigate Drought

NASA Technology

California is an agricultural powerhouse. In 2012, its 81,500 farms and ranches produced $42.6 billion in cash receipts, the most by any state. But that abundance is...

Remote Sensing Technologies Mitigate Drought
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: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Bioreactor Yields Extracts for Skin Cream
Bioreactor Yields Extracts for Skin Cream

NASA Technology

Most scientists do not question whether the force of gravity will affect their experiments. On Earth, gravity is a constant. For NASA scientists studying the effects of...

Bioreactor Yields Extracts for Skin Cream
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Sound Modeling Simplifies Vehicle Noise Management
Sound Modeling Simplifies Vehicle Noise Management

NASA Technology

Exposure to a noise level of 105 decibels causes hearing damage after an hour or less. Concertgoers in the front row at a rock show can expect sustained noise of...

Sound Modeling Simplifies Vehicle Noise Management
Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Algae-Derived Dietary Ingredients Nourish Animals
Algae-Derived Dietary Ingredients Nourish Animals

NASA Technology

Algae-based food ingredients pioneered by NASA-sponsored research in the early 1980s revolutionized the infant formula industry a decade later and have...

Algae-Derived Dietary Ingredients Nourish Animals
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Software Cuts Building Costs, Increases Energy Efficiency
Software Cuts Building Costs, Increases Energy Efficiency

NASA Technology

In order to prepare Curiosity for its trip to Mars, NASA had to pull out all the stops. Because the rover’s payload is 10 times as massive as those of...

Software Cuts Building Costs, Increases Energy Efficiency
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
LEDs Illuminate Bulbs for Better Sleep, Wake Cycles
LEDs Illuminate Bulbs for Better Sleep, Wake Cycles

NASA Technology

Kennedy Space Center has been known as America’s spaceport for more than 50 years. From Project Mercury to recent commercial-space missions, the nation has...

LEDs Illuminate Bulbs for Better Sleep, Wake Cycles
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Private Astronaut Training Prepares Commercial Crews of Tomorrow
Private Astronaut Training Prepares Commercial Crews of Tomorrow

NASA Technology

In addition to teaching crewmembers to perform crucial tasks like using their spacecraft’s technical devices, piloting a vehicle back into...

Private Astronaut Training Prepares Commercial Crews of Tomorrow
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Schedule Analysis Software Saves Time for Project Planners
Schedule Analysis Software Saves Time for Project Planners

NASA Technology

Schedules for major projects get long and complicated, involving a slew of interdependent tasks and timelines, and few organizations handle projects more...

Schedule Analysis Software Saves Time for Project Planners
Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Ruggedized Spectrometers Are Built for Tough Jobs
Ruggedized Spectrometers Are Built for Tough Jobs

NASA Technology

Curiosity is the undisputed hot rod of planetary rovers. Nine-and-a-half feet long, nearly 2,000 pounds, and powered by a thermo-nuclear power generator under its...

Ruggedized Spectrometers Are Built for Tough Jobs
Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Gas Conversion Systems Reclaim Fuel for Industry
Gas Conversion Systems Reclaim Fuel for Industry

NASA Technology

To understand the connection between the development of Martian power systems and technology that can pull oil from old wells or capture gases released during...

Gas Conversion Systems Reclaim Fuel for Industry
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Activity Monitors Help Users Get Optimum Sun Exposure
Activity Monitors Help Users Get Optimum Sun Exposure

NASA Technology

To the casual observer, the sun appears as a steady, static, glowing ball of heat. But closer inspection reveals our closest star can be rambunctious, capable...

Activity Monitors Help Users Get Optimum Sun Exposure
Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Satellite Data Inform Forecasts of Crop Growth
Satellite Data Inform Forecasts of Crop Growth

NASA Technology

Farming has never been more productive, but increasing demands from a growing economy and world population mean age-old risks such as insects and plant disease remain...

Satellite Data Inform Forecasts of Crop Growth
Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Audio App Brings a Better Night's Sleep
Audio App Brings a Better Night's Sleep

NASA Technology

With demanding schedules, a sunrise or sunset every 45 minutes, and extremely noisy surroundings, it’s understandable why many astronauts onboard the International Space...

Audio App Brings a Better Night's Sleep
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Charged Particles Kill Pathogens and Round Up Dust
Charged Particles Kill Pathogens and Round Up Dust

NASA Technology

Before astronauts are able to undertake long-term missions into the solar system, they’ll need technologies that allow them to grow their own fruits and...

Charged Particles Kill Pathogens and Round Up Dust
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Cloud Computing Technologies Facilitate Earth Research
Cloud Computing Technologies Facilitate Earth Research

NASA Technology

Throughout the years, NASA has done more than any agency to explore what lies beyond our world. It has sent rovers to traverse the Martian landscape and...

Cloud Computing Technologies Facilitate Earth Research