Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Open-Lattice Composite Design Strengthens Structures

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA has invested considerable time and energy working with academia and private industry to develop new composite structures that are...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Ultra-Sensitive Photoreceiver Boosts Data Transmission

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In June 2006, NASA scientists used extensive data transmitted from the Chandra X-ray Observatory deep space telescope to prove that...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Micro Machining Enhances Precision Fabrication

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In President Ronald Reagan’s 1984 State of the Union address, he announced plans for a U.S. space station, the equivalent of the Russian...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Portable Hyperspectral Imaging Broadens Sensing Horizons

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

All objects reflect a certain amount of energy, even if it is just the electromagnetic energy created by the movement of...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Hypersonic Composites Resist Extreme Heat and Stress

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

On October 14, 1947, Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager made history when he became the first pilot in an officially documented flight...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Computational Modeling Develops Ultra-Hard Steel

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Glenn Research Center’s Mechanical Components Branch routinely conducts research on transmissions and gearing for advanced gas turbines,...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Thin, Light, Flexible Heaters Save Time and Energy

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...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Novel Nanotube Manufacturing Streamlines Production

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Nanotubes are sheets of graphite, one atom thick, rolled into seamless cylinders, with an exterior diameter in the range of nanometers....

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
‘NASA Invention of the Year’ Controls Noise and Vibration

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Developed at NASA’s Langley Research Center, the Macro-Fiber Composite (MFC) is an innovative, low-cost piezoelectric device...

Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Thermoelectric Devices Advance Thermal Management

When NASA programs need the ultimate reliability to power deep space probes, they repeatedly select thermoelectric (TE) devices as a system component. TE devices heat, cool, and generate...

Spinoff: Issues
Spinoff 2007

Health and Medicine

Circulation-Enhancing Device Improves CPR Noninvasive Test Detects Cardiovascular Disease Scheduling Accessory Assists Patients with Cognitive Disorders Neurospinal Screening Evaluates Nerve Function Hand-Held Instrument Fights Acne, Tops Over-the-Counter Market Multispectral Imaging Broadens Cellular...
Spinoff: Issues
Spinoff 2006
Ingestible Thermometer Pill Aids Athletes in Beating the Heat Space-Proven Medical Monitor: The Total Patient-Care Package From Planetary Imaging to Enzyme Screening

Transportation

Damage-Tolerant Fan Casings for Jet Engines Steering Aircraft Clear of Choppy Air Advanced Air Data Systems for Commercial Aircraft NASA Helps...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

From the football turf to high above the Earth, heat exhaustion is a life-threatening concern. Heat exhaustion, or...

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
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

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...

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

A laser diode is a semiconductor-based laser used to generate analog signals or digital pulses for transmission through optical...

Spinoff: Public Safety
Clean Water for Remote Locations

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Water is indispensable for human health and well-being. A person cannot live for more than a few days without clean, drinkable water. It is, therefore, one...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

In preparing to send man to the Moon in the 1960s, no detail was too small for NASA to consider when it came to ensuring that...

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Responding to a congressional concern about aviation safety, NASA's Ames Research Center created the Ames Fatigue/Jet Lag Program in 1980...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
X-ray Device Makes Scrubbing Rugs Clean a Spotless Effort

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

If "pulling the rug out from under" means suddenly withdrawing support and assistance, then NASA is pretty good at "putting the...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
A Match Made in Space

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

Just before the space shuttle reaches orbit, its three main engines shut down so that it can achieve separation from the massive external tank that provided the fuel...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Affordable Space Tourism: SpaceStationSim

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

For over 5 years, people have been living and working in space on the International Space Station (ISS), a state-of-the-art laboratory complex...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Preventing Ice Before it Forms

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA has always been on the cutting edge of aviation safety research, though many of the technologies the Agency develops also find practical application in...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Microspheres in Plasma Display Panels

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA does things that have never been done "before" sending spacecraft to other planets, sending people to the Moon, and exploring the limits of the...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Look Sharp While Seeing Sharp

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

While fashion styles are known to come and go, a certain 'shade' from the past has proved otherwise.

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Raised Relief Mars Globe Brings the Red Planet Closer

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

When the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) entered the Red Planet's atmosphere in March 2006, it joined the ranks of other noble...

Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Reflecting on Space Benefits: A Shining Example

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

NASA has long been known for having developed the thin, shiny reflective material used to insulate everything from the Hubble Space...

Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
PRP: The Proven Solution for Cleaning Up Oil Spills

Originating Technology/NASA Contribution

The Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker exporting millions of gallons of oil, ran aground just after midnight on March 24, 1989 in Alaska,...