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Friday, September 25, 2009

NASA Spinoff Publication

NASA Spinoff Publication

What good could come from NASA if we went to the MOON?
What good came from NASA because of the Apollo missions?
What good comes from NASA and its various missions?

Often the research that is done can also be used in our everyday life.
The transfer of that technology is known as a NASA Spinoff.

You might think of Tang and the Apollo missions.
Sorry wasn't a NASA Spinoff.
The product just became familiar with the Apollo missions.

Never mind, there are a lot of items that fit the category of a NASA Spinoff.

Maybe you would like to read about some of them, that is if you have a lot of free time.
NASA says that since 1976 there are over 1600 articles. Not included in that are over 100 stores in the 1973 and 1974 reports.

The current issue of NASA Spinoff Publication can be found here:

Here is the home page for STI, Scientific and Technical Information which you may well want to look at.
- LRK -
NASA Spinoff

Spinoff is NASA's annual premier publication featuring successfully commercialized NASA technology. For more than 40 years, the NASA Innovative Partnerships Program has facilitated the transfer of NASA technology to the private sector, benefiting global competition and the economy. The resulting commercialization has contributed to the development of commercial products and services in the fields of health and medicine, industry, consumer goods, transportation, public safety, computer technology, and environmental resources. Since 1976,
Spinoffhas featured between 40 and 50 of these commercial products annually. Spinoff maintains a searchable database of every technology published since its inception. If you think you have the makings of a spinoff, please contact us through the contributor form.

More information about the history of NASA Spinoff.
- LRK -

History of Spinoff

As a result of a 1958 congressional mandate, NASA, in 1962, created the Technology Utilization Program. It was supported by Technology Utilization Offices at each of the field centers and four Industrial Applications Centers (IACs). The number of IACs grew rapidly to seven by the early 1970s and ten in the early 1980s.

Early studies of Tech Briefs, the publication dedicated to informing the scientific community about available NASA technologies, and ongoing requests received for supporting information, indicated a strong need in the private sector for new technology to aid in the development of commercial products and services. When spinoff products began to emerge from space technologies, NASA considered the possibility of an annual report to present at congressional budget hearings. The result was a black and white “Technology Utilization Program Report,” published in 1973, followed by another one in 1974. The technologies in these reports created
interest in the technology transfer concept, its successes, and its use as a public awareness tool. The reports generated such keen interest by the public that NASA decided to make them into an
attractive publication. Thus, the first four-color edition of Spinoff was published in 1976.

Each year since, a new issue has highlighted the transfer of NASA technology to the private sector. The Agency distributes copies to politicians, economic decision makers, company CEOs, academics, professionals in technology transfer, the news media, and the general public.

NASA’s Spinoff publication accomplishes several goals. First, it is a convincing justification for the continued expenditure of NASA funds. It serves as a tool to educate the media and the general public by informing them about the benefits and dispelling the myth of wasted taxpayer dollars. It reinforces interest in space exploration. It demonstrates the possibility to apply aerospace technology in different environments. It highlights the ingenuity of American inventors, entrepreneurs, and application engineers, and the willingness of a government agency to assist them. And finally, it continues to ensure global competitiveness and technological leadership by the United States.

The total number of stories published since 1976 is over 1,600, which does not include approximately 100 stories featured in the 1973 and 1974 reports.


Well are you ready to sit back with your favorite drink and read on.
Just a few issues to catch up on.
- LRK - [1976 - 1995

Alright, who wants to copy all 1700 items to a list that you can pull out of your mouth like a magician, just pull the ribbon out slowly, sounding off each of the items that have had their begging with NASA and now find a place with us. That would be a mouthful wouldn't it?

How many more could you speak to when we set up shop on the Moon and solve the problems in doing so?
What technology will transfer to use down here on Earth?

Thanks for looking up with me.

Larry Kellogg

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What is Spinoff's objective?
When and why was Spinoff created?
Who receives Spinoff?
How do I subscribe to Spinoff?
How does NASA transfer its technology to the private sector?
What is the difference between a "NASA spinoff" and a "NASA success"?
How does Spinoff differ from NASA's Tech Briefs publication?
Did NASA invent the ever-popular memory foam found in many consumer
Did NASA invent Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)?
Did NASA invent cordless power tools?
Did NASA invent barcodes, quartz clocks, or smoke detectors?
Are Tang, Teflon, and Velcro NASA spinoffs?


This database contains abstracts of all Spinoff articles published since 1976. Links to the full-text articles in PDF are also provided.

Inclusion in this database does not imply that the products are still commercially available. To check the availability of a product, contact the manufacturer using information provided within each entry. Similarly, inclusion does not imply NASA endorsement or validation of claims made by the companies regarding performance or effectiveness.

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A website about spinoff - LRK -

This was last updated in 2002 so out of date but maybe what you are talking about.




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