Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Star-Mapping Tools Enable Tracking of Endangered Animals

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Try this: Print out a lower-case letter “o” in Times New Roman, 10-point font. Now hold the paper at arm’s length. Viewed...

Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Modeling Innovations Advance Wind Energy Industry

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

One morning in 1990, a group of Glenn Research Center (then Lewis Research Center) employees arrived to find their workspace upended by an...

Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Nanofiber Filters Eliminate Contaminants

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Water, an increasingly precious commodity on Earth, has always been priceless in space; but “priceless” is a figure of speech—water in space...

Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Thermal Insulation Strips Conserve Energy

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Launching the space shuttle involves an interesting paradox: While the temperatures inside the shuttle’s main engines climb higher than 6,000...

Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Satellite-Respondent Buoys Identify Ocean Debris

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA operates a series of Earth-observing satellites, which help scientists learn more about our home planet. Through partnerships with...

Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Mobile Instruments Measure Atmospheric Pollutants

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

As a part of NASA’s active research of the Earth’s atmosphere, which has included missions such as the Atmospheric Laboratory of...

Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Cloud Imagers Offer New Details on Earth’s Health

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

A stunning red sunset or purple sunrise is an aesthetic treat with a scientific explanation: The colors are a direct result of the...

Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Antennas Lower Cost of Satellite Access

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Whether for scientific inquiry, weather forecasting, or public safety, the world relies upon the data gathered by satellite remote sensing. Some of...

Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Feature Detection Systems Enhance Satellite Imagery

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In 1963, during the ninth orbit of the Faith 7 capsule, astronaut Gordon Cooper skipped his nap and took some photos of the Earth below...

Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Chlorophyll Meters Aid Plant Nutrient Management

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

On December 7, 1972, roughly 5 hours and 6 minutes after launch, the crew of Apollo 17 took one of history’s most famous photographs. The...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

For all the data gathered by the space shuttle while in orbit, NASA engineers are just as concerned about the information it...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Kennedy Space Center, just off the east coast of Florida on Merritt Island, has been the starting place of every human space flight in...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Software Tools Streamline Project Management

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Three innovative software inventions from Ames Research Center (NETMARK, Program Management Tool, and Query-Based Document Management) are...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Modeling Languages Refine Vehicle Design

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

When we watch a space shuttle launch on television, we have only the vaguest sense of the extraordinary amount of work required to make such a...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Radio Relays Improve Wireless Products

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In order to transmit communications through Earth’s atmosphere, satellites and space vehicles need radio equipment that can operate at higher...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Advanced Sensors Boost Optical Communication, Imaging

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In 1992, on a gravity assist flyby of Earth that would help propel it along its mission to Jupiter, NASA’s Galileo probe detected a...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Tensile Fabrics Enhance Architecture Around the World

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

On a Friday night in March 2008, fans at a college basketball game at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome noticed the stadium’s scoreboard...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Thermoelectric Devices Cool, Power Electronics

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

More than 10 billion miles away from Earth, a NASA spacecraft continues a journey that began in 1977. Having long since accomplished its...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Robust Light Filters Support Powerful Imaging Devices

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Consider the anatomy of a rainbow: From the inner arch, violet shifts to blue, then green, yellow, and red. Contained in the rainbow...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Innovative Tools Advance Revolutionary Weld Technique

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

The iconic, orange external tank of the space shuttle launch system not only contains the fuel used by the shuttle’s main engines...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Methods Reduce Cost, Enhance Quality of Nanotubes

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

For all the challenges posed by the microgravity conditions of space, weight is actually one of the more significant problems NASA faces...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Gauging Systems Monitor Cryogenic Liquids

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Rocket fuel needs to stay cool—super cool, in fact. The ability to store gas propellants like liquid hydrogen and oxygen at cryogenic...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Voltage Sensors Monitor Harmful Static

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Anyone who has ever experienced an unpleasant jolt from a doorknob after shuffling across the carpet on a dry morning knows that static...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Compact Instruments Measure Heat Potential

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Without the insulating protection of Earth’s atmosphere, orbiting space shuttles, space stations, and satellites are subject to thermal damage...

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Health and Medicine

Image-Capture Devices Extend Medicine’s Reach Medical Devices Assess, Treat Balance Disorders NASA Bioreactors Advance Disease Treatments Robotics Algorithms Provide Nutritional Guidelines ‘Anti-Gravity’ Treadmills Speed Rehabilitation Crew Management Processes Revitalize Patient Care Hubble Systems...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Langley Research Center’s Soluble Imide (LaRC-SI) was discovered by accident. While researching resins and adhesives for advanced...

Spinoff: Computer Technology
Program Assists Satellite Designers

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Managed by Goddard Space Flight Center, the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) was launched on December 30, 1995, from Kennedy Space...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

The Structures and Materials Division at Glenn Research Center is devoted to developing advanced, high-temperature materials and...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA missions require advanced planning, scheduling, and management, and the Space Agency has worked extensively to develop the...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Expert system software programs, also known as knowledge-based systems, are computer programs that emulate the knowledge and...