Tech Today: NASA’s Moonshot Launched Commercial Fuel Cell Industry  – NASA

Tech Today: NASA’s Moonshot Launched Commercial Fuel Cell Industry  – NASA

Agency’s technology development prepared fuel cells for tomorrow’s renewable energy grids NASA’s investment in fuel cells dates to the 1960s when most of the world was still reliant on fossil fuels. A fuel cell generates electricity and heat when hydrogen and oxygen bond through an electrolyte. Because its only by-product is water, it’s an environmentally … Read more

Giant Batteries Deliver Renewable Energy When It’s Needed – NASA

Giant Batteries Deliver Renewable Energy When It’s Needed – NASA

Solar power is abundant – when the Sun is shining. Wind power is steady – when the wind is blowing. However, creating a steady electricity supply from intermittent power sources is a challenge. NASA was focused on this problem more than 45 years ago when the agency designed a new type of liquid battery during the … Read more

Food Safety Program for Space Has Taken Over on Earth – NASA

Food Safety Program for Space Has Taken Over on Earth – NASA

System created for Apollo astronaut food has become the global standard for hazard prevention Countless NASA technologies turn up in our everyday lives, but one of the space agency’s most important contributions to modern society isn’t a technology at all – it’s the methodology that ensures the safety of the food we eat. Today the safety … Read more

New Energy Source Powers Subsea Robots Indefinitely – NASA

New Energy Source Powers Subsea Robots Indefinitely – NASA

Power modules driven by ocean temperatures save money, reduce pollution No one has mapped more territory than NASA. The agency not only charts stars and other planets but also maps Earth from orbit. Now a NASA invention could let robots map our planet’s entire seafloor, helping to unlock resources while protecting habitats. The sonar devices … Read more

Tech Today: Measuring the Buzz, Hum, and Rattle – NASA

Tech Today: Measuring the Buzz, Hum, and Rattle – NASA

NASA-supported wireless microphone array quickly, cheaply, and accurately maps noise from aircraft, animals, and more. Anyone who lives near an airport or is experiencing the emergence of a cicada brood can quickly identify the source of that ongoing noise. However, running tests to identify the noise created by a new drone or find pests in … Read more

NASA Selects Technology Transfer Services Contractor – NASA

NASA Selects Technology Transfer Services Contractor – NASA

NASA has awarded the Consolidated Agency Technology Transfer Services contract to Summit Technologies & Solutions, Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia, to provide support for the agency’s Technology Transfer Program. The performance-based firm-fixed price contract has a potential mission services value of $26 million and a maximum potential indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity value of $55 million. The contract begins on … Read more

Tech Today: From Spacesuits to Racing Suits – NASA

Tech Today: From Spacesuits to Racing Suits – NASA

For spacewalks to even be possible, spacesuits need insulation and temperature controls to withstand temperature swings between 250 and minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit. This extreme environment made NASA innovators look beyond everyday materials to find something unique to keep explorers comfortable and safe.  In the 1980s, NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston entered into a … Read more

Tech Today: A NASA-Inspired Bike Helmet with Aerodynamics of a Jet   – NASA

Tech Today: A NASA-Inspired Bike Helmet with Aerodynamics of a Jet   – NASA

Before the U.S. Cycling Federation adopted a requirement for all bike racers to wear helmets in 1986, most people rode without one. The only helmet options at the time drew rider complaints for being too hot and heavy. But, with a bit inspiration from a NASA aircraft wing design used during World War II, more … Read more

Tech Today: NASA’s Ion Thruster Knowhow Keeps Satellites Flying – NASA

Tech Today: NASA’s Ion Thruster Knowhow Keeps Satellites Flying – NASA

In low Earth orbit, satellites face a constant challenge – a tiny amount of atmospheric drag that, over time, causes them to slow down and decay their orbit. To combat this, spacecraft rely on in-space thrusters to adjust positioning and boost orbits. However, most of these thrusters use heavy, expensive chemical propellants. This is where … Read more

Tech Today: Stay Safe with Battery Testing for Space – NASA

Tech Today: Stay Safe with Battery Testing for Space – NASA

NASA battery safety exams influence commercial product testing Battery safety is of paramount importance in space, where the risk of thermal runaway looms large. This dangerous reaction, characterized by a continuous escalation of temperatures within the battery, can potentially lead to a fire or explosion. For two decades, Judy Jeevarajan was the NASA engineer in … Read more