Spinoffs from the Space Program

Most people think of the Space Program as an expensive waste of time, and that it does not affect them in their lives.
They couldn't be more wrong!

NASA commercialised a lot of its design work and some of these products now appear in every part of our lives

NASA claims it has over 1650 spinoff technologies in fields from agriculture to computer technology.

 

LEDS - LIGHT EMITTING DIODES

NASA's work in creating high intensity LEDs for stimulate plant growth in space let to better high intensity LEDs used in car stop lights, headlights, medical lighting and flashlights.

FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT

Breathing equipment, face masks, air bottles and communication technology, used by firefighters today, are all products made from designs licensed from NASA.

MATTRESS MEMORY FOAM

Also known as Temper foam, it was used to improve crash protection.  Today, it is used in beds, pillows, aircraft, cars, sports safety equipment and amusement park rides.

FREEZE DRIED FOOD

NASA developed freeze dried food for its astronauts.  Today the techniques are used to help preserve foods.
 

 

 

 

Trace Space back to you!
NASA's spin off web site showing how space affects your life

http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/nasacity/index2.htm