NASA Spinoff Database: Eating on Demand

NASA Center: Johnson Space Center
Public Release Year: 1998
Reference Number: JSC-SO-54
Category: Consumer/Home/Recreation
Origin: Create Specialized Cooking Equipment for Space Station

Under subcontract to McDonnell-Douglas Corporation, Enersyst Development Center developed air impingement technology through oven designs for NASA's Space Station Freedom. Jets of hot air at the top and bottom of the oven are focused on the food, rather than heating the oven cavity as in a traditional thermal oven. By heating the food directly, foods cook faster and more consistently, retaining flavor and texture. Several companies have licensed this technology, including KRh Thermal Systems, which has introduced a line of Hot Choice vending machines. Enersyst has also licensed the first home application to Thermador.

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