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: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Thermal Materials Protect Priceless, Personal Keepsakes
Thermal Materials Protect Priceless, Personal Keepsakes

NASA Technology

Most of us cannot comprehend the task of building something to withstand temperatures over 4,000 °F—but NASA can. The space shuttles endured such...

Thermal Materials Protect Priceless, Personal Keepsakes
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Virtual Machine Language Controls Remote Devices
Virtual Machine Language Controls Remote Devices

NASA Technology

Virtually all of Chris Grasso’s academic and professional career has been built on NASA technology. “I’ve been working with NASA since college,” he says.

Virtual Machine Language Controls Remote Devices
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: Computer Technology
Software Accelerates Computing Time for Complex Math
Software Accelerates Computing Time for Complex Math

NASA Technology

The 19th century mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, the astronomer par excellence of his day, called mathematics “the queen of the sciences.” If Gauss were...

Software Accelerates Computing Time for Complex Math
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Radiant Barriers Save Energy in Buildings
Radiant Barriers Save Energy in Buildings

NASA Technology

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s—a satelloon?

Radiant Barriers Save Energy in Buildings
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Software Simplifies the Sharing of Numerical Models
Software Simplifies the Sharing of Numerical Models

NASA Technology

Scientists at NASA not only focus on advancing space exploration; they study what is happening in the Earth’s atmosphere as well. The Global Climate Modeling...

Software Simplifies the Sharing of Numerical Models
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: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Shuttle Engine Designs Revolutionize Solar Power
Shuttle Engine Designs Revolutionize Solar Power

NASA Technology

One of the hottest solar energy plants in the world was developed with engineering expertise derived from one of the hottest space technologies ever engineered: the...

Shuttle Engine Designs Revolutionize Solar Power
Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Procedure-Authoring Tool Improves Safety on Oil Rigs
Procedure-Authoring Tool Improves Safety on Oil Rigs

NASA Technology

On May 11, 2013, two astronauts emerged from the interior of the International Space Station (ISS) and worked their way toward the far end of spacecraft. Over...

Procedure-Authoring Tool Improves Safety on Oil Rigs
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Thermal Materials Drive Professional Apparel Line
Thermal Materials Drive Professional Apparel Line

NASA Technology

From the time he was a Boy Scout, Gihan Amarasiriwardena had a fascination with performance materials. While growing up in the northeastern United States, he...

Thermal Materials Drive Professional Apparel Line
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Processor Units Reduce Satellite Construction Costs
Processor Units Reduce Satellite Construction Costs

NASA Technology

In December 2008, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center entered into an agreement with the Department of Defense and the Van Braun Center for Space Innovation to...

Processor Units Reduce Satellite Construction Costs
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: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Deformable Mirrors Capture Exoplanet Data, Reflect Lasers
Deformable Mirrors Capture Exoplanet Data, Reflect Lasers

NASA Technology

We have always wondered: Is there other life out there? Are there other planets like our own, orbiting other stars like our Sun? In the early 1990s,...

Deformable Mirrors Capture Exoplanet Data, Reflect Lasers
Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Cameras Monitor Spacecraft Integrity to Prevent Failures
Cameras Monitor Spacecraft Integrity to Prevent Failures

NASA Technology

Is there—or was there ever—life on Mars? In August 2012 NASA’s Curiosity rover touched down on the surface of Mars in an attempt to answer what has...

Cameras Monitor Spacecraft Integrity to Prevent Failures
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: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Open Source Initiative Powers Real-Time Data Streams
Open Source Initiative Powers Real-Time Data Streams

NASA Technology

Let’s say you are an academic researcher who needs to collect data over a long period of time, on a site hundreds of miles from your base of operation. You...

Open Source Initiative Powers Real-Time Data Streams
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: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Smart Sensors Gather Information for Machine Diagnostics
Smart Sensors Gather Information for Machine Diagnostics

NASA Technology

Surrounded by electronics and hovering over a work bench in the Data Acquisition and Control Systems (DACS) Laboratory, Scott Jensen startles when he hears...

Smart Sensors Gather Information for Machine Diagnostics
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: Issues
Spinoff 2011
Bioreactors Drive Advances in Tissue Engineering
Tooling Techniques Enhance Medical Imaging
Ventilator Technologies Sustain Critically Injured Patients
Protein Innovations Advance Drug Treatments, Skin Care
Mass Analyzes Facilitate Research on Addiction
Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Water Treatment Technologies Inspire Healthy Beverages

NASA Technology

If you wandered the halls of Johnson Space Center in the mid-1990s, you might have run across Mike Johnson lugging a large container of freshly collected urine down to the lab. There, Johnson assisted the scientists who were tasked with developing...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Dietary Formulas Fortify Antioxidant Supplements

NASA Technology

The astronaut’s life and work is so different from our own daily experiences that it’s easy to forget that astronauts are people, too. Just like everyone else, astronauts have basic nutritional needs—such as five to nine servings of fruit and vegetables...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Rovers Pave the Way for Hospital Robots

NASA Technology

Before Curiosity came the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. Before Spirit and Opportunity came Pathfinder and Sojourner. Before Pathfinder and Sojourner, the Mars Global Surveyor, and before the Mars Global Surveyor, the Viking landers. Over the years,...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Dry Electrodes Facilitate Remote Health Monitoring

NASA Technology

You wouldn’t find a big bowl of spaghetti served on the International Space Station (ISS). In microgravity, it would be a complete mess. There is, however, something like spaghetti on the ISS: the wires that connect electrodes for an...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Telescope Innovations Improve Speed, Accuracy of Eye Surgery

NASA Technology

One of the main components of NASA’s vision for the future of space exploration will actually have a keen eye for the past. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled to launch in 2018, will have spectacular sight—after it reaches orbit,...

Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Superconductors Enable Lower Cost MRI Systems

NASA Technology

The future looks bright, light, and green—especially where aircraft are concerned. The division of NASA’s Fundamental Aeronautics Program called the Subsonic Fixed Wing Project is aiming to reach new heights by 2025–2035, improving the 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...