July 21st, 2010

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Spinoff 2002: NASA's Technology Utilization Program

Forensic anthropology has yielded results: NASA's Forthieth Anniversary Technology Utilization Program booklet from 2002.

The US Space program was the most successful endeavor in human history. Only the internet can rival its impact, and the internet is a spinoff (or at least parallel deveilopment) of the the space program.

The Spinoff web site says:

As a result of a 1958 congressional mandate, NASA, in 1962, created the Technology Utilization Program. It was supported by Technology Utilization Offices at each of the field centers and four Industrial Applications Centers (IACs). The number of IACs grew rapidly to seven by the early 1970s and ten in the early 1980s.

Shockwave Radio had enormous fun reading their publications on air. Now, they're mostly online. The last hard copy publication I have is from 2002. I encourage you to play around with searched in their database, and to help celebrate YML 41, here are a few from 2002CE:

Hoof Comfort for Horses (pdf). Abstract:

Aquila Equine Enhancement Products, Inc., of Woburn, Massachusetts, developed magnetic hoof protector pads, called "Power Pads," which support and cushion the impact on a horse's hooves and legs to provide comfort and protection against injuries. The pads were tested by Marshall Space Flight Center's Materials and Processing Laboratory for strength and durability. Putting the pads on a horse does not interfere with its natural movement or flexibility and can be compared to a person changing into athletic shoes for a sporting event. The pads are cut to the appropriate size, and then mounted onto a horse's hooves using conventional shoeing methods. Once attached, the pads protect the hard and soft parts of the hoof by cushioning blows against the hard ground. The design also protects the vulnerable "heel" of the hoof. They are a cost-effective way to protect a horse's hooves since they can be reused.

Foot Comfort For The Fashionable (pdf). Abstract:

Modellista Footwear's new shoe line uses TempurT material, which conforms to each wearer's unique foot shape to absorb shock and cushion the foot. The foam's properties allow the shoe to change with the wearer's foot as it shrinks and swells throughout the day. Scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center originally developed temper foam in the early 1970s to relieve the intense pressure of G-forces experienced by astronauts during rocket launches. Tempur-Pedic, Inc., further developed the foam and granted Modellista a license to use it in footwear. The Modellista collection is the first shoe design and construction to be certified by the Space Awareness Alliance. The shoes, with designs ranging from traditional clog shapes to sling backs and open-toe sandals, are currently available nationwide at select specialty shoe stores and through catalogs. TempurR is a registered trademark of Tempur-Pedic, Inc.

Not to be confused with 1995's Ski Boots or 1981's Temper Foam.

Intellectual Dummies (pdf). No, not teabaggers. Abstract:

Goddard Space Flight Center and Triangle Research & Development Corporation collaborated to create "Smart Eyes," a charge coupled device camera that, for the first time, could read and measure bar codes without the use of lasers. The camera operated in conjunction with software and algorithms created by Goddard and Triangle R&D that could track bar code position and direction with speed and precision, as well as with software that could control robotic actions based on vision system input. This accomplishment was intended for robotic assembly of the International Space Station, helping NASA to increase production while using less manpower. After successfully completing the two-phase SBIR project with Goddard, Triangle R&D was awarded a separate contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), which was interested in using the newly developed NASA camera technology to heighten automotive safety standards. In 1990, Triangle R&D and the DOT developed a mask made from a synthetic, plastic skin covering to measure facial lacerations resulting from automobile accidents. By pairing NASA's camera technology with Triangle R&D's and the DOT's newly developed mask, a system that could provide repeatable, computerized evaluations of laceration injury was born.

Battling Brittle Bones (pdf). Abstract behind cut:
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Geography From Another Dimension (pdf). Abstract behind cut:
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Airing Out Anthrax (pdf). Abstract behind cut:
stopping another post-9/11 terrorist attack of this typeCollapse )

That's just a few, and only one edition. Happy New Year!