NASA Spinoff 2010 Reveals Benefits Of Space Technology In Our Daily Lives

WASHINGTON -- Curious how a device designed to produce fuel and oxygen on Mars transformed into a source of clean energy right here on Earth? The 2010 edition of NASA's annual Spinoff publication is now available online, highlighting new innovations and notable examples of NASA technology improving everyday life on our home planet.

Spinoff provides an in-depth look at how the agency's initiatives in
aeronautics and space exploration have resulted in beneficial
commercial technologies in the fields of health and medicine,
transportation, public safety, consumer goods, environmental
protection, computer technology, and industrial productivity. These
advancements enhance our quality of life while contributing to the
nation's economy through the creation of jobs and the support of
businesses, large and small. They also help to inspire younger
generations to explore education and careers in science, technology,
math, and engineering.

"Through NASA's work with its commercial partners, technologies that
are helping us explore our universe are now also saving lives,
preserving our environment and enhancing our nation's transportation
and security," said Bobby Braun, chief technologist at NASA
Headquarters in Washington. "Since 1976, NASA's Spinoff publication
has documented more than 1,700 compelling examples of NASA research
and innovation that benefit the public every day."

Spinoff 2010 contains dozens of examples highlighting how space
technology yields innovations with Earthly benefits, including:

Algorithms developed by a NASA researcher that are enabling technology
for medical diagnosis and prediction of brain blood flow-related
conditions such as stroke, dementia, and traumatic brain injury
NASA-proven, drag-reducing wing modifications that have already saved
commercial airlines more than 2 billion gallons in jet fuel
Inflatable antennas -- developed with NASA funding -- that support
essential communication needs in remote areas during military
operations, as well as in disaster zones Image sensors, invented
by a NASA team, that are now featured in one out of every
three cell phone cameras A groundwater remediation compound,
created by NASA to treat contaminated launch facilities,
now being used to clean up polluted areas around the world.

Spinoff also profiles NASA's research and development activities,
education efforts and partnership successes for the year. This
edition celebrates the 10th anniversary of continuous habitation
onboard the International Space Station, revealing the many ways that
technologies developed for the space station have resulted in public
benefits on Earth.

The NASA Spinoff 2010 edition is available in PDF format for
downloading from the NASA Spinoff website at:


An archive of Spinoff features and a searchable database of
NASA-derived technologies featured in past issues of the publication
also are available at the NASA Spinoff site. An interactive Spinoff
2010 DVD, featuring videos and Web links, will be available through
the NASA Spinoff Web site later this month.

To access an interactive feature about how NASA impacts your daily
life, visit the NASA City and Home Web site at:


Social media audiences can learn more about spinoff technologies and
other NASA partnerships on Twitter and Facebook at:




For more information about NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist, visit:


Source: NASA

◄ Share this news!

Bookmark and Share


The Manhattan Reporter

Recently Added

Recently Commented