October 15, 2003
Latest NASA Spinoff Publication Available Online
Spinoff 2003, NASA's premiere publication highlighting the agency's cutting-edge technologies, as the latest innovations in commercial products, is available on the Internet.
Finding ways to apply NASA technology to improve life on Earth is one of the most important by-products of the agency's aerospace exploration and research. Since NASA's inception in 1958, technologies resulting from the space program have introduced hundreds of new or improved products and processes to the American consumer.
Spinoff 2003 profiles the latest products incorporating space innovation in health, medicine, transportation, recreation, consumer products, public safety, computer and manufacturing technology. Several products are featured, such as a hand-held personal safety device that warns pilots of potentially dangerous cabin-pressure altitude conditions, and the cochlear implant, which has restored hearing for thousands of individuals, and allowed thousands of others born deaf to perceive sound for the first time.
In addition to showcasing 53 commercialized products, Spinoff 2003 celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' historic first flight. It has a special section highlighting the vast aeronautical contributions made by NASA and its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics.
Spinoff 2003 also welcomes the Education Enterprise, NASA's newest enterprise, with an entire section devoted to the agency's 2002-2003 educational efforts. The publication also features a reference resource to NASA's technology transfer network for those interested in accessing, using and commercializing NASA technology. Internet versions of Spinoff, beginning with the 1996 issue, are available at:
The Spinoff Web site also contains a searchable database of more than 1,400 technologies featured over the past 28 years. Information for companies and consumers is available via e-mail at:
A free print copy or an interactive compact disc of Spinoff, which will be available in several weeks, can be obtained from the National Technology Transfer Center by telephone at: 800/678-6882. Information about the NASA Technology Transfer Network is available at:
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