NASA spinoffs to energy and the environmentThousands of aerospace innovations have found their way into everyday use, and future National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) missions promise to provide many more spinoff opportunities. Each spinoff has contributed some measure of benefit to the national economy, productivity, or lifestyle. In total, these spinoffs represent a substantial dividend on the national investment in aerospace research. Along with examples of the many terrestrial applications of NASA technology to energy and the environment, this paper presents the mechanisms by which NASA promotes technology transfer. Also discussed are new NASA initiatives in superconductivity research, global warming, and aeropropulsion.
Gilbert, Ray L. (NASA Technology Utilization Div. Washington, DC, United States)
Lehrman, Stephen A. (Research Triangle Institute Research Triangle Park, NC, United States)