Spinoff: Transportation
Software Opens Computational Fluid Dynamics to the Uninitiated
Software Opens Computational Fluid Dynamics to the Uninitiated

NASA Technology

Sukra Helitek Inc.’s simplified, user-friendly computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software package began with Ganesh Rajagopalan essentially trying...

Software Opens Computational Fluid Dynamics to the Uninitiated
Spinoff: Transportation
Design Software Shapes Future Sonic Booms
Design Software Shapes Future Sonic Booms

NASA Technology

It’s been more than 70 years since an airplane first broke the sound barrier, and yet supersonic flights remain mostly out of reach for civilian passengers, in large...

Design Software Shapes Future Sonic Booms
Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Outgassing Test Facility Brings New Materials into Space Industry
Outgassing Test Facility Brings New Materials into Space Industry

NASA Technology

Anyone who can remember when cars had vinyl dashboards may be familiar with the hazy film that could appear on the windows during a hot, sunny day....

Outgassing Test Facility Brings New Materials into Space Industry
Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Polyimide Aerogels Boost Antennas, Insulate Pipes
Polyimide Aerogels Boost Antennas, Insulate Pipes

NASA Technology

The challenge: make a powerful insulating material that is lightweight, strong, and flexible. The goal: an inflatable decelerator that can be folded up inside a...

Polyimide Aerogels Boost Antennas, Insulate Pipes
Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Privately Built Facility Offers Advantages in Space Exposure Testing
Privately Built Facility Offers Advantages in Space Exposure Testing

NASA Technology

The conditions of space are, perhaps thankfully, difficult to reproduce on Earth. Most of the universe, beyond the atmospheres of its...

Privately Built Facility Offers Advantages in Space Exposure Testing
Spinoff: Public Safety
Wire Sensors Alert to Dangerous Conditions in the Clouds
Wire Sensors Alert to Dangerous Conditions in the Clouds

NASA Technology

One common hazard facing airplanes is ice: not just on the ground, but in the air, where it can coat wings or engines. But how do you know when icing...

Wire Sensors Alert to Dangerous Conditions in the Clouds
Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Active Pixel Sensors Lead Dental Imagery into the Digital Age
Active Pixel Sensors Lead Dental Imagery into the  Digital Age

NASA Technology

They’re in your cell phone camera and probably in your handheld digital camera, but they may have been in your dentist’s X-ray machine first:...

Active Pixel Sensors Lead Dental Imagery into the  Digital Age
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Large-Scale 3D Printer Brings Manufacturing to the Masses
Large-Scale 3D Printer Brings Manufacturing to the Masses

NASA Technology

When the nearest Home Depot is out of reach and Amazon.com doesn’t deliver, finding spare parts or a new tool can be a challenge. That can be true...

Large-Scale 3D Printer Brings Manufacturing to the Masses
Spinoff: Transportation
Unmanned Research Aircraft Test Cutting-Edge Innovations
Unmanned Research Aircraft Test Cutting-Edge Innovations

Born out of a desire for aircraft to be able to take off and land capably at airports with shorter runways to alleviate congestion at the major hubs, the circulation control wing...

Unmanned Research Aircraft Test Cutting-Edge Innovations
Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Software Helps Restore Fire-Ravaged Habitats
Software Helps Restore Fire-Ravaged Habitats

NASA Technology

Idaho is a nature-lover’s dream. Forests there blanket swaths of terrain, from the glassy lake regions of the northern Panhandle to the famous trout-fishing streams...

Software Helps Restore Fire-Ravaged Habitats
Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Electrospray Thrusters Boost Efficiency, Precision
Electrospray Thrusters Boost Efficiency, Precision

NASA Technology

When NASA thrusters are mentioned, most people imagine something like the breathtaking launch of the Saturn V rocket that sent astronauts to the Moon. Its five...

Electrospray Thrusters Boost Efficiency, Precision
Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
DigitalClone Software Predicts, Extends Machine Life
DigitalClone Software Predicts, Extends Machine Life

NASA Technology

Medical scientists have made great progress in recent years toward understanding how genetic factors play a role in an individual’s susceptibility or...

DigitalClone Software Predicts, Extends Machine Life
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Mars Rover Work Spawns PDF Collaboration Software
Mars Rover Work Spawns PDF Collaboration Software

NASA Technology

Like satellites in orbit, some spinoffs just keep spinning.

Mars Rover Work Spawns PDF Collaboration Software
Spinoff: Industrial Productivity & Manufacturing Technology
Laser Vision Helps Hubble, Package Shippers See Clearly
Laser Vision Helps Hubble, Package Shippers See Clearly

NASA Technology

For more than 25 years, the Hubble Space Telescope has provided stunning photos of the universe unequalled in their depth, detail, and distinction. Hubble...

Laser Vision Helps Hubble, Package Shippers See Clearly
Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Tool Kit Simplifies Development of High-Affinity Molecules
Tool Kit Simplifies Development of High-Affinity Molecules

NASA Technology

As NASA sets its sights on long-duration missions deeper into the solar system, including a planned mission to Mars, astronauts will need access to...

Tool Kit Simplifies Development of High-Affinity Molecules
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
NODE+ Platform Integrates Sensors with Smartphones
NODE+ Platform Integrates Sensors with Smartphones

NASA Technology

In 2007, when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a call for a sensor that could equip a smartphone with the ability to detect dangerous gases and...

NODE+ Platform Integrates Sensors with Smartphones
Spinoff: Transportation
Open Source Aircraft Design Software Helps Industry, Hobbyists
Open Source Aircraft Design Software Helps Industry, Hobbyists

NASA Technology

The old saying about the inability to build a better mousetrap could also apply to aircraft design tools. For years, the best, and maybe only, way to...

Open Source Aircraft Design Software Helps Industry, Hobbyists
Spinoff: Public Safety
GPS Sensor Web Helps Forecasters Warn of Monsoon Flash Floods
GPS Sensor Web Helps Forecasters Warn of Monsoon Flash Floods

NASA Technology

In the American Southwest and in northwestern Mexico, more than half the annual rainfall often comes in the form of the torrential and unpredictable...

GPS Sensor Web Helps Forecasters Warn of Monsoon Flash Floods
Spinoff: Public Safety
Analytic Tool Simplifies Metal Fracture Assessments
Analytic Tool Simplifies Metal Fracture Assessments

NASA Technology

When NASA builds a spacecraft, materials engineers at the Agency have the important task of assessing the structural properties of the materials that comprise...

Analytic Tool Simplifies Metal Fracture Assessments
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Precision Coffeemaker Adapts Brews to Beans, Taste
Precision Coffeemaker Adapts Brews to Beans, Taste

NASA Technology

Technology often takes circuitous paths. A magnetron developed for precision bombing during World War II led to the microwave oven, and a battery-powered drill...

Precision Coffeemaker Adapts Brews to Beans, Taste
Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Wide Area Thermal Imaging System Brings the Landscape into Focus
Wide Area Thermal Imaging System Brings the Landscape into Focus

NASA Technology

Finding a forest fire can be more difficult than some would expect. Seeing smoke in the distance indicates a problem, but determining the exact...

Wide Area Thermal Imaging System Brings the Landscape into Focus
Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Buildings for Manipulating Magnetism Revolutionize Magnetometers
Buildings for Manipulating Magnetism Revolutionize Magnetometers

NASA Technology

In a corner of Ames Research Center in California stand a pair of rather unusual buildings, where mere mortals can control magnetic fields.

Buildings for Manipulating Magnetism Revolutionize Magnetometers
Spinoff: Public Safety
Hydrogen Detection Tape Saves Time and Lives
Hydrogen Detection Tape Saves Time and Lives

NASA Technology

From the Apollo missions through the Space Shuttle Program, NASA has relied on liquid hydrogen as a fuel source for the upper stages of its rocket launches. The reason...

Hydrogen Detection Tape Saves Time and Lives
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
CO₂ Recovery System Saves Brewers Money, Puts Bubbles into Beer
CO₂ Recovery System Saves Brewers Money, Puts Bubbles into Beer

NASA Technology

Building on work he and his companies did with Johnson Space Center’s In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) team, Robert Zubrin has developed and...

CO₂ Recovery System Saves Brewers Money, Puts Bubbles into Beer
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Software Optimizes Designs from Spaceships to Wind Turbines
Software Optimizes Designs from Spaceships to Wind Turbines

NASA Technology

Sharing computer code with the private sector has become a major component of NASA’s Technology Transfer Program, with the Agency’s latest software...

Software Optimizes Designs from Spaceships to Wind Turbines
Spinoff: Transportation
Multidisciplinary Software to Help Take Aircraft to the Next Level
Multidisciplinary Software to Help Take Aircraft to the Next Level

NASA Technology

Consider any component of a modern passenger airplane, and you’ll discover a remarkable amount of engineering complexity that went into its...

Multidisciplinary Software to Help Take Aircraft to the Next Level
Spinoff: Health and Medicine
Space-Ready Spectrometer Offers Terrestrial Advantages
Space-Ready Spectrometer Offers Terrestrial Advantages

NASA Technology

In the 1990s, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientist Joy Crisp oversaw an effort to get a cutting-edge, ruggedized, lightweight spectrometer on a lander to...

Space-Ready Spectrometer Offers Terrestrial Advantages
Spinoff: Computer Technology
Algorithm Predicts and Evaluates Storm Surges
Algorithm Predicts and Evaluates Storm Surges

NASA Technology

It was sometime in late 2004, and Tom Stanley, technical monitor and small business technical advisor out of Stennis Space Center, took to studying newly completed...

Algorithm Predicts and Evaluates Storm Surges
Spinoff: Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Photocatalytic Water Splitter Stores Energy as Hydrogen
Photocatalytic Water Splitter Stores Energy as Hydrogen

NASA Technology

At a glance, the surface of Mars appears to offer little in the way of natural resources. Scenes captured by the various rovers exploring the planet depict a...

Photocatalytic Water Splitter Stores Energy as Hydrogen
Spinoff: Consumer, Home, and Recreation
Heat-Reflecting Material Regulates Body Temperature
Heat-Reflecting Material Regulates Body Temperature

NASA Technology

F rom its beginnings, the U.S. X-Plane Program has delivered big on its objective: to advance aviation science and technology through the use of experimental...

Heat-Reflecting Material Regulates Body Temperature