Spinoff 2018 Highlights Space Technology Improving Life on Earth

Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory used their expertise at detecting faint signals in satellite data to develop a device capable of detecting human heartbeats underneath piles of rubble. The technology has been licensed by multiple companies, including R4 Inc. After a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Ecuador in April of 2016, R4 president David Lewis Sr. brought the company’s FINDER system to look for trapped victims. Here, Lewis, right, shows local firefighters how to operate the system. (Credit: R4 Inc.)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — The 2018 edition of NASA’s annual Spinoff publication, released Tuesday, features 49 technologies the agency helped create that are used in almost every facet of modern life. These include innovations that help find disaster survivors trapped under rubble, purify air and surfaces to stop the spread of germs, and test new materials for everything from airplanes to athletic shoes.


NASA Crowd Sources Spin-off Technologies

NASA LOGOWASHINGTON (NASA PR) — The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety and efficiency, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, even the miniature cameras in our cell phones. For over fifty years, NASA has transferred its cutting-edge aerospace technologies to the private sector, helping create new commercial products, improve existing products, and boost the competitiveness of the U.S. economy.

Now NASA has joined forces with the product development startup Marblar (www.marblar.com) for a pilot program allowing the public to crowdsource product ideas for forty of NASA’s patents. This initiative will allow Marblar’s online community to use a portion of NASA’s diverse portfolio of patented technologies as the basis of new product ideas.


Space 2.0 Promises Broader Benefits to Society

Night with a Futurist Explores Space 2.0
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Monday’s Night with a Futurist provided thoughts on “The Business of Space 2.0” and an overview of the 8th Continent Project designed to support this business. Burke Fort and John Metzger gave the presentation, with Fort opening by walking the audience through the four evolutionary stages of space-related business: Space 1.0, Space 1.5, New Space and Space 2.0.