When it comes to NASA, most people look to the skies as rockets, helicopters and astronauts push the boundaries of space exploration. But the benefits of going even further can be found here on Earth through products and services born from NASA’s innovation.
The latest issue of NASA’s Spinoff publication features a range of innovative business technologies that use the agency’s technology, research, and/or expertise to help people around the world. It also includes a section highlighting tomorrow’s technology.
“From the sky to hospitals around the world, NASA spinoffs are improving the lives of everyone,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “NASA’s work in research and technology gives businesses a competitive edge, drives the economy that allows America to compete globally and creates good-paying jobs for this generation — and the next.”
NASA’s Spinoff 2023 features more than 40 companies using NASA technology, research and funding to create better batteries to store green energy, improve airport traffic and save time for passengers and flights reduce fuel costs, move ventilators around the world, and even heal wounds. fast to humans and animals alike.
“Before it launched and gave us a new view of the universe, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was already improving one of the most common eye surgeries on Earth,” said Jim Reuter, co-director of the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). “This is just one example of how the technology we’re developing for space exploration is improving people’s lives here on Earth.”
In this year’s Spinoff, readers will learn more about:
- How companies are using satellite data to strengthen people’s resilience to climate change and protect homeowners against natural disasters such as wildfires and floods.
- A new, sustainable, meat-free alternative born from NASA-funded research at Yellowstone National Park
- A robotic deep-diving astronaut’s successor that’s ready for offshore work like oil wells, wind turbines and fish farms.
The release also features a new cancer screening tool informed by the findings of astronauts exposed to space radiation while aboard the International Space Station, a technology developed by NASA that helps detect people trapped in the aftermath of the disaster, and a new 3D printing program uses “digital cloning” to reduce costs and speed up the development of complex industrial components.