James L. Reuter
Acting Associate Administrator
Space Technology Mission Directorate
The images of Jupiter are arresting. The updates from Mars riveting. We are daily learning new details about our changing climate, watching hurricanes form, and getting ready to peer deeper into our universe than ever before. All this groundbreaking work requires NASA’s scientists and engineers to continually innovate and create advances in technology, techniques, and capabilities.
But all that innovation doesn’t stop here at NASA. Thanks to the efforts of the Agency’s Technology Transfer Program and the many companies, small and large, that partner with us, the same technology created to understand our planet and explore the universe is applied to challenges right here on Earth.
For more than four decades, NASA’s Spinoff publication has documented more than 2,000 of these “spinoff” stories, from the NASA missions they originated with to their successful launches as commercial products and the benefits they’ve brought the public. In the following pages, you can read our 49 latest. Some of my favorites include:
As you can see, some of these spinoff products are household names, and some you may not have heard of—but together they change our lives every day.
In addition to these success stories, this issue of Spinoff also features 20 NASA technologies identified by the Technology Transfer Program as promising future spinoffs, available to you or your business through licensing and partnership opportunities.
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Ensuring every innovation made at NASA benefits the maximum number of people is an important part of NASA’s mission, written into the original congressional mandate that created the Agency. Spinoff 2019 demonstrates the continued success of that mission, as well as highlighting the many varied ways technology gets transferred into the private sector and across other Federal agencies.
Over the decades, NASA spinoffs have saved tens of thousands of lives, generated tens of thousands of new jobs, created billions of dollars in revenue, and saved billions more in costs. We hope you enjoy reading this year’s edition and learn more about the vast benefits America’s investment in aeronautics and space brings to everyday life.