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NASA has been issued over 6,300 patents, nearly one in a thousand of all patents ever issued by the U.S. Patent Office (since 1790).
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Spinoff is NASA's annual premier publication featuring successfully commercialized NASA technology. For more than 40 years, the NASA Innovative Partnerships Program has facilitated the transfer of NASA technology to the private sector, benefiting global competition and the economy. The resulting commercialization has contributed to the development of commercial products and services in the fields of health and medicine, industry, consumer goods, transportation, public safety, computer technology, and environmental resources. Since 1976, Spinoff has featured between 40 and 50 of these commercial products annually. Spinoff maintains a searchable database of every technology published since its inception. If you think you have the makings of a spinoff, please contact us through the contributor form.


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ResQPOD circulation-enhancing device

Circulation-Enhancing Device Improves CPR
A small medical device developed to correct circulation problems for astronauts returning to Earth is now being used in CPR by emergency medical technicians.
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Non-invasive CIMT procedure

Noninvasive Test Detects Cardiovascular Disease
Based on software designed to interpret spacecraft imagery, a simple and affordable system now allows doctors to use ultrasound to perform advanced, noninvasive heart monitoring.
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Macro-Fiber Composite flexing

‘NASA Invention of the Year’ Controls Noise and Vibration
The Macro-Fiber Composite, NASA’s “Invention of the Year,” is an innovative, low-cost piezoelectric device designed to control vibration, noise, and deflections in composite structural beams and panels.
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Comprehensive Software Eases Air Traffic Management
NASA-developed air traffic management software tools are helping to streamline the flow of commercial flights across the National Airspace System.
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Space shuttle on crawler

New Lubricants Protect Machines and the Environment
Originally designed for the space shuttle crawlers at Kennedy Space Center, an ecologically friendly lubricant is now available for consumer use.
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The Proven Solution for Cleaning Up Oil Spills
Industry scientists worked with researchers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Marshall Space Flight Center in the early 1990s to develop a petroleum remediation product, PRP, now available to consumers and industry that enables them to safely and permanently clean petroleum-based pollutants from water.
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