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Space Foundation Certified Technology Products (2008)

My husband and I have followed technology innovation for at least a couple decades and have always been fascinated with the innovations coming out of NASA's research and development programs. Coatings, food preparation, even agricultural techniques are part of space travel and survival. NASA makes this intellectual property available for licensing. Hence...the following list of some of NASA's 2008 applications that can inspire you to "check with NASA" to see what's cooking ... and what could enhance your own products and processes.

A NASA -- or "Space Foundation" certification is also available to enhance your marketing strategies.

PS: You will find a number of technologies that enhance "green" performance!

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HEATSHEETS® and Thermo-Lite®

AFMInc supplies thermal-reflective (IR-reflective) products, specializing in custom printing as a business-to-business "virtual" manufacturer, specifically hypothermia protection. They work with athletic events and major corporations with non-traditional ways to advertise their product.

LADARVision 4000

Laser in situ keratomileusis corrective surgery, commonly known as LASIK eye surgery, is the most effective technique for treating myopia, or nearsightedness and virtually eliminates the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Satellite Tool Kit

Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) offers commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) analysis and visualization software to aerospace, defense, and intelligence community professionals through its core product Satellite Tool Kit(r) (STK) and a comprehensive set of STK add-on modules. With integrated land, sea, air, and space elements, the STK software suite technology serves all phases of complex industry programs from system concept and design to real-time operations.

CRI Seal of Approval Program

Carpet Cleaning "ray-gun" measures how much soil is removed from household and commercial carpet and scientifically identifies the most effective carpet cleaning extractors.

Insight Subluxation Station

Chiropractic care developed for astronauts uses the Insight Subluxation Station(tm), a neurospinal screening and evaluation system that uses surface electromyography (SEMG) technology originally designed to measure changes in the spinal muscles of astronauts. Chiropractors use the Insight TM to help identify subluxations, or misalignments of the spine, by measuring muscle activity. The Insight Subluxation Station TM measures the electrical flow and charts it for increased accuracy in diagnosis and improved treatment.

Polarized Lens Technology

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists investigated ways to protect human vision against various ranges of harmful radiation from the invisible and visual spectrum. They looked to nature for a solution. How do eagles and other birds of prey protect their eyes from high- energy sunlight they are exposed to on a daily basis? Eagles have droplets of oil in their eyes that filter out all harmful radiation. This filtering process dramatically reduces scattering of light and permits only those wavelengths of light to enter their eyes, which allow the eagle to have high visual clarity. NASA scientists and engineers decided this technology could be used to make sunglass lenses. They simulated natural droplets of oil and incorporated it into a sunglass lens that is now called Eagle Eyes(r).

Radiant Barrier Reflective Insulation

Eagle Shield is a Radiant Barrier product that can be installed directly on top of existing ceiling insulation in a home to reduce heating and cooling bills. Based on NASA technology originally developed to shield astronauts from extreme temperatures in space, Eagle Shield's cost-saving benefits extend to a variety of applications where heating and cooling efficiency is desired.

Radiant Catalytic Ionization Air & Water Purification

People spend more and more time indoors. Unfortunately studies show that the air inside our homes, schools and offices can be far more polluted that the air outside. EcoQuest Radiant Catalytic Ionization (RCI) air purification products offer air purification technology. Products such as FreshAir, Fresh Air To Go, Spectrum, LaundryPure and a range of commercial air purification units use EcoQuest RCI technology to help create healthier indoor environments.

Phase Change Materials

Outlast Technologies invents and formulates patented phase-change materials, that, when applied to apparel, footwear, bedding and accessories, keeps you more comfortable.

SG-5000 Durometer

Durometers, otherwise known as hardness gauges, are used to measure the hardness of non-metallic materials, such as rubber, plastic, foam, and wood. A durometer works by measuring the penetration of the gauges into the material being tested.

Sleep Surfaces

The Tempur material was originally developed by NASA in the 1970s, as a material that would conform to the exact body weight and shape of any astronaut.

Engine Treatment and Lubricants

In the mid 1990s NASA discovered an environmental problem with the material that was being used to lubricate the massive track system on the shuttle mobile launch transporter. Not surprisingly the lubricant requirements are rather extraordinary for this transporter.

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Astronaut Foods

American Outdoor Products, Inc. product lines include Astronaut Foods, Backpacker's Pantry, Colorado Spice Company and Salamander Paddling Gear.

DRX9000 True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System

Height measurements of astronauts taken aboard the Skylab 4 space mission demonstrate how the spine elongates and decompresses when subjected to a micro-gravity environment. Axiom Worldwide's DRX9000 True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression SystemTM is designed to apply spinal decompressive forces to compressive and degenerative injuries of the spine.

Thermal Protection Materials

These NASA/BOEING designed shields reflect the heat from the headers down and away from the cars interior. Combine these heat shields with the thermal heat blankets that are designed for the inside of a race car and you can lower the temperature inside a race car by as much as 40 degrees.

Athletic rehab equipment

The Shuttle 2000-1 physical therapy and athletic development conditioner, an exercising device that traces its technological lineage to studies performed in the 1960s on "cardiovascular deconditioning," the potential loss of integrity of an astronaut's cardiovascular system due to prolonged exposure to the microgravity environment of space.

Space Pen

Interested in a pen with a 100 year shelf life? That can't leak? That can write in any position, and in extreme temperatures? NASA was.

Video Analyst System

Intergraph Solutions Group (ISG) is a professional services and solutions company providing management consulting, technology, and integrated solutions to commercial and government clients.

12 Volt Thermoelectric Coolers/Warmer

Koolatron's portable electronic refrigerators (Urus Industrial Corporation). They are "NASA-inspired" devices, based on the technology of thermoelectric temperature control refined for space applications.


PROLINK provides a golf Electronic Yardage and Information System.

OmniGolf distance measuring system

ProShot Golf introduced the ProShot Golf System distance measuring and information system designed to provide yardage and playing tips to golfers via a cart-mounted computer screen.

TempraKON(r) Quilts and Pillows

Quilts of Denmark specializes in down products and built one of the most modern down quilt factories in Europe equipped with the newest and most advanced machinery in the industry.

2D Symbology Reader

Digital data matrix technologies developed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., to identify the millions of parts that comprise Space Shuttles such as the "Endeavour" are helping to launch a new commercial endeavor.

Solar Comfort Radiant Energy Barrier Window Products

Solar Comfort Window Products provide an engineered solution to heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter with a line of high efficiency window products that are radiant energy barriers based on NASA technology.

Intelligent Ovens

TMIO Intelligent Oven technology allows consumers to cook at home from anywhere in the world. These refrigerated cooking units are retrofitted with a Peltier cooling device and a "smart" chip to allow the oven to be accessed in real-time by cellular phone and over the internet so that dinners are ready-to-eat as soon as the family arrives home.

Water purification systems

Water Security(r) systems use water purification technologies developed for NASA and employed on all space shuttle missions.

Plant-growth media

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), supported by research of ZeoponiX, Inc. developed plant growth media for long-term space travel. ZeoponiX technology is used in turf, horticulture, consumer uses, and specialty agricultural applications.

ZeoPro Plant Food/Soil Amendment/Fertilizer

Advanced Soil Science with ZeoponiX, Inc., market ZeoPro product line of Plant Food to gardeners, retail garden centers, Internet retail garden supply companies and other horticultural outlets within the United States.

Photovoltaic Blue Planet Grid Tie Convertors

Solar generated electricity has been powering spacecraft since the launch of Vanguard I on Mar. 17, 1958. In 1997, Photovoltaic cells located on top of Sojourner gave it the power to explore Mars. The Hubble Space Telescope and nearly all communication satellites are powered by PV technology, allowing humanity to explore space and enabling everything from secure communications and GPS navigation to satellite television and radio entertainment.

Handheld Vacuum Enhanced X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer

Bruker Handheld and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center teamed up to improve a hand held chemical analyzer to serve as a quality control tool for parts destined for the Space Shuttle. The Bruker hand-held X-Ray Fluorescent device (XRF) detects the presence of elements in various materials. The enhancements developed in partnership with NASA, including the addition of an internal vacuum feature, made it possible for the analyzer to identify hard-to-detect elements such as sodium, aluminum, and silicon. Having a portable chemical analyzer enables NASA to conduct field analyses on larger components like Reusable Solid Rocket Motors.

Bruker Handheld now markets the enhanced XRF device for an expanding list of unique applications from brand protection to testing the effectiveness of carpet cleaning methods.


HEATSHIELD-R20 RADIANT BARRIER PAINT ADDITIVE is a fine white powder that is a combination of hollow ceramic microspheres that reflect and dissipate heat. Originally developed as a spray-on insulation to protect space shuttle components including the crucial solid rocket booster casings, the process involved dangerous chemicals and a narrow application window. Now GBS/KWIK Company offers an economical and safe spinoff to this proven space technology.

Fishing Tackle

Extreme humidity, temperatures, RPMs, UV light, salt spray, rocks, mud, and sand, take their toll on even the best tackle so preventative maintenance is a must.

Optotraffic DLS-10 Automated Red Light & Speed Enforcer

The Optotraffic DLS-10 Automated Red Light and Speed Enforcer is a lidar-based system that measures the speed of automotive vehicles and subsequently photographs those vehicles if they are found to violate a red traffic light at an intersection or exceed a posted speed by a certain threshold. The images and lidar-based speed readings are then used to generate traffic citations.

SOURCE: Space Foundation's Space Certification Program

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