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NASA Spinoffs 2023: Improving Life for Humanity

NASA's latest publication, Spinoff 2023, showcases the many ways in which the agency's technology, research, and expertise are improving the quality of life for people around the world. From protecting homeowners against natural disasters to creating new protein alternatives, NASA's spinoff technologies are proving that space exploration can have far-reaching benefits.


NASA Administrator Bill Nelson praised the agency's impact, saying, "From the heavens to hospitals around the world, NASA spinoffs are improving life for all of humanity. The work NASA does in research and technology gives businesses a competitive edge, driving an economy that allows America to compete globally and creating good-paying jobs for this generation – and the next."


Boosting Climate Resilience with Satellite Data


One of the many ways NASA's spinoffs are improving life on Earth is through the use of satellite data to bolster human resilience to climate change. Companies are using this data to protect homeowners against disasters such as wildfires and floods. This technology is not only saving lives but also property and reducing the economic impact of natural disasters.


Sustainable Protein Alternatives from NASA-Funded Research


NASA's spinoff technologies are not limited to the environment. The agency's funding of research at Yellowstone National Park has led to the creation of a new, sustainable, meat-free protein alternative. This new product has the potential to change the food industry and help address issues related to sustainability, animal welfare, and public health.


Robots for Offshore Operations

Another area where NASA's spinoffs are making a difference is in offshore operations such as oil wells, wind turbines, and fish farms. A robotic astronaut's deep-diving successor is now ready to work in these environments, bringing a new level of efficiency and safety to these industries.


Improving Medical Care


NASA's spinoffs are also having a major impact in the medical field. One example of this is a new cancer diagnostic tool informed by research on astronauts exposed to space radiation while aboard the International Space Station. This tool has the potential to save lives and improve medical care around the world.


New 3D Printing Modeling Program


NASA's technology is also being used in the manufacturing industry. A new 3D printing modeling program that uses "digital cloning" is helping to cut costs and speed up the development of complex industrial parts. This technology is making a significant impact on the efficiency and sustainability of the manufacturing industry.


Spinoffs of Tomorrow: 20 NASA Technologies Available for Licensing and Commercialization


In addition to the many commercialized technologies featured in Spinoff 2023, the publication also highlights 20 NASA technologies available for licensing and commercialization. These technologies include a wind warning system that uses Doppler lidar alerts, sensors that can boost cameras to see through waves, and a robotic exoskeleton that can help rehabilitate arm and shoulder injuries.

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