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Advanced lubricants and engine treatments

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To transport a 12-million-pound spacecraft from an assembly plant to a launchpad, NASA uses a shuttle transporter called a Crawler, which requires a large quantity of track lubricant. But they ran into a problem in the mid-1990s: The lubricant used for this machine up was both ineffective and bad for the environment. That is where…

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life’sDHA®

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life’sDHA® is a nutritional supplement derived from 1980s NASA research into nutritional supplements for astronauts in space, and for space colonists of the future. One of the biggest hurdles NASA faces is the issue of long-term life support systems—mainly how to make them compact and energy efficient. NASA and the Martin Marietta Corporation began experimenting…

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SmartScale

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Exposure to microgravity negatively affects human balance, and falls in space are no laughing matter.  Zibrio’s technology was created to fit inside a space boot to measure astronauts’ balance during and after space flight, enabling medical staff to assess their fitness for particular tasks and to minimize errors. Since then the company has adapted its…

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Trizar™ Technology

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NASA developed Protective Ceramic Coating Material (PCCM) to protect spacecraft from scorching temperatures during reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. These coatings work by having a “high emissivity.” Emissivity is defined as the ratio of the energy radiated from a material’s surface to that radiated from a perfect emitter (known as a blackbody) at the same temperature…

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Temprakon® Quilts and Pillows

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Temprakon® uses technology originally developed by Triangle Research and Development with the help of NASA to stabilize the body temperature of astronauts experiencing extreme temperature fluctuations in space. The quilts and pillows use Outlast Phase Change fabrics to regulate body heat during sleep. Not only do these fabrics absorb heat and release it as needed,…

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Systems Tool Kit – Technology

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AGI develops commercial modeling and analysis software for the space, defense and intelligence communities. Used by more than 40,000 engineers, operators and analysts worldwide, AGI software avoids the cost of reinvention, eliminates stovepipes and reduces risks associated with unproven tools. Engineers and analysts use STK to model complex systems (aircraft, satellite, ground vehicles), along with…

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Radiant Barrier Reflective Insulation

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Radiant Barrier technology was developed by NASA to protect astronauts from extreme temperature fluctuations and radiation while in space. The material is made by applying vaporized aluminum to a sheet of plastic, and the technology has been used to create many products like blankets and jackets, and among those, also insulation. Eagle Shield Industries offers…

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Infinitely-Conforming TEMPUR Material®

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It all started with NASA. In the 1970s, NASA aircraft engineers set out to develop a technology that would protect astronauts from the extreme g-force pressures during takeoff and reentry. After several development and testing roadblocks, they released the technology to Swedish scientists in the 1980s. A decade of extensive research and refinements to the…

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Polarized Lens Technology

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NASA needed a way to protect astronauts’ eyes from unfiltered light in space. This led them to develop polarized lenses by simulating the oil found in the eyes of eagles that filters out certain harmful spectrums of light from our Sun. Not long after, Eagle Eyes Optics adopted this technology to create sunglasses that everyday…

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PEMF Device

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The Earth projects a natural Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) that stimulates cell repair and overall health in all lifeforms. Studies have shown that the PEMF given off by the Earth is equally as important to human health as food, water, sleep, and sunlight. Pulsed Electromagnetic Field devices were originally used by NASA to maintain the…

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