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Spinoff 2008

 
NASA Technology Award Winners
Since its inception in 1976, Spinoff has featured myriad award-winning technologies that have been recognized by NASA and industry as forerunners in innovation. Here is a chronology of these winners, including the year(s) they were featured in Spinoff and the year they were awarded one (or more) of the following:

R&D 100 R&D 100

The R&D 100 Awards were established in 1963 to pick the 100 most technologically significant new products invented each year. For 45 years, the prestigious R&D 100 Awards have been helping provide new products with the needed recognition for success in the marketplace. Winning an R&D 100 Award provides a mark of excellence known to industry, government, and academia.

Space Technology Hall of Fame Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

The Space Foundation and NASA created the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 1988. The award recognizes the life-changing technologies emerging from America’s space programs; honors the scientists, engineers, and innovators responsible; and communicates to the American public the significance of these technologies as a return on investment in their Space Program.

NASA Invention of the Year NASA Invention of the Year icon

Since 1990, to recognize inventors of exceptional, cutting-edge NASA technologies, the NASA Inventions and Contributions Board has rewarded outstanding scientific and technical contributions through the NASA Invention of the Year Award.

NASA Software of the Year NASA Software of the Year icon

Established in 1994, the NASA Software of the Year Award is given to those programmers and developers who have created outstanding software for the Agency.

Spinoff Year(s)

Technology

R&D 100

Space Technology Hall of Fame

NASA Invention of the Year

NASA Software of the Year

1976, 1977, 1981, 2002, 2005

Memory Foam

1998 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

1976

Improved Firefighter’s Breathing System

1988 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

1977, 1979

Liquid-Cooled Garments

1993 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

1978, 1990

Fabric Roof Structures

1989 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

1978, 1981, 1983, 2005

Phase-Insensitive Ultrasonic Transducer

1978 R&D 100 icon

1981

Cordless Tools

1989 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

1983, 1986

PMR-15 Polyimide Resin

1977 R&D 100 icon

1991 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

 

1984, 1996

Scratch Resistant Lenses

1989 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

1985, 2008

Redox Energy Storage System

1979 R&D 100 icon

 

1985

Safety Grooving

1990 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1993, 2003, 2008

Earth Resources Laboratory Applications Software (ELAS)

1992 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

 

1987, 2008

VisiScreen (Ocular Screening System)

1987 R&D 100 icon

2003 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

1988

Sewage Treatment With Water Hyacinths

1988 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

 

1989

Data Acquisition and Control System Model 9450/CAMAC

1986 R&D 100 icon

1990

NASA Structural Analysis (NASTRAN) Computer Software

1988 Space Technology Hall of Fame Medal

 

1991

Heart Defibrillator Energy Source

1999 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

1992

Dexterous Hand Master (DHM)

1989 R&D 100 icon

 

1994

Ballistic Electron Emission Microscope (BEEM)

1990 R&D 100 icon

1994, 2008

Omniview Motionless Camera

1993 R&D 100 icon

 

1994

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Technology

1997 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

 

1995

1100C Virtual Window

1994 R&D 100 icon

 

1995, 2006, 2008

Microbial Check Valve

2007 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

 

1996, 2004

Tetrahedral Unstructured Software System (TetrUSS)

 

1996, 2004 NASA Software of the Year icon

1996

Anti-Shock Trousers

1996 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

 

1996

Automated Hydrogen Gas Leak Detector

1995 R&D 100 icon

1996

Ceramics Analysis and Reliability Evaluation of Structures/ Life (CARES/Life)

1995 R&D 100 icon

 

1994 NASA Software of the Year icon

1996

Memory Short Stack Semiconductor

1994 R&D 100 icon

 

1997

Foster-Miller Fiber Optic Polymer Reaction Monitor

1990 R&D 100 icon

1997, 2007

Power Factor Controller

1988 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

1997

Reaction/Momentum Wheel: Apparatus for Providing Torque and for Storing Momentum Energy

1998 NASA Invention of the Year icon

1998

Data Matrix Symbology

2001 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

1999

Active Pixel Sensor

1999 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

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1999

DeltaTherm 1000

1994 R&D 100 icon

1999

Superex Tube Extrusion Process

1995 R&D 100 icon

1999

Precision GPS Software System

1998, 2004 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2000 NASA Software of the Year icon

1999

Process for Preparing Transparent Aromatic Polyimide Film

1999 NASA Invention of the Year icon

1999

Tempest Server

1999 R&D 100 icon

1998,NASA Software of the Year icon

2000

Genoa: A Progressive Failure Analysis Software System

2000 R&D 100 icon

1999 NASA Software of the Year icon

2000

Humanitarian Demining Device

2003 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2001

Composite Matrix Resins and Adhesives (PETI-5)

1998 NASA Invention of the Year icon

2001, 2008

Flexible Aerogel Superinsulation

2003 R&D 100 icon

2001

LARC PETI-5 Polyimide Resin

1997 R&D 100 icon

1998 NASA Invention of the Year icon

2001

The SeaWiFS Data Analysis System (SeaDAS)

2003 NASA Software of the Year icon

2001

TOR Polymers

2000 R&D 100 icon

2001

Video Image Stabilization and Registration (VISAR)

2001 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2002 NASA Invention of the Year icon

2002

Automatic Implantable Cardiovertor Defibrillator

1991 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2002

DeBakey Rotary Blood Pump (Ventricular Assist Device-VAD)

1999 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2001 NASA Invention of the Year icon

2002

Hybrid Ice Protection System

2003 R&D 100 icon

2002

Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector (QWIP)

2001 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2002

Virtual Window

2003 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2003

Cart3D

2002 NASA Software of the Year icon

2003

Cochlear Implant

2003 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2003

Generalized Fluid System Simulation Program

2001 NASA Software of the Year icon

2003

LADARVision 4000

2004 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2003

MedStar Monitoring System

2004 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2003

Personal Cabin Pressure Altitude Monitor and WarningSystem

2003 NASA Invention of the Year icon

2004

InnerVue Diagnostic Scope System

2005 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2004

Land Information System (LIS) v. 4.0

2005 NASA Software of the Year icon

2004

NanoCeram Superfilters

2002 R&D 100 icon

2005 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2004

Numerical Propulsion System Simulation (NPSS) 

2001 NASA Software of the Year icon

2004

Outlast Smart Fabric Technology

2005 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2004

Photrodes for Electrophysiological Monitoring

2002 R&D 100 icon

2005

PS/PM300 High-Temperature Solid Lubricant Coatings

2003 R&D 100 icon

2005

iROBOT PackBOT Tactical Mobile Robot

2006 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2005, 2008

Light-Emitting Diodes for Medical Applications

2000 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2005

Numerical Evaluation of Stochastic Structures Under Stress (NESSUS)

2005 R&D 100 icon

2005

THUNDER Actuators

1996 R&D 100 icon

2005

Zero-Valent Metal Emulsion for Reductive Dehalogenation of DNAPL-Phase Environmental Contaminants

2007 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2005 NASA Invention of the Year icon

2006

Novariant RTK AutoFarm AutoSteer

2006 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2006

Radiant Barrier

1996 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2006

2006 Petroleum Remediation Product

2008 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2007

Advanced Lubricants

2000 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2007

Atomic Oxygen System for Art Restoration

2002 R&D 100 icon

2007

Future Air Traffic Management Concepts Evaluation Tool (FACET)

2006 NASA Software of the Year icon

2007

Macro-Fiber Composite Actuator

2000 R&D 100 icon

2007 NASA Invention of the Year icon

2007

Portable-Hyperspectral Imaging Systems

2005 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2007

ResQPOD: Circulation-Enhancing Device

2008 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2007

ArterioVision: Noninvasive Cardiovascular Disease Detection

2008 Space Technology Hall of Fame icon

2008

DMBZ-15 High-Temperature Polyimide

2003 R&D 100 icon

2008 LaRC-SI: Soluble Imide
1995 R&D 100 icon
     

2008

Wireless Measurement Acquisition System

2006 R&D 100 icon

2008

Optical Backscatter Reflectometer

2007 R&D 100


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