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Molecular Adsorber Coating Flies on NASA Missions

Nithin Abraham working at the Smithsonian Support Center. Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn

Nithin Abraham works at the Smithsonian’s Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland. Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn

Every day, we’re surrounded by billions of tiny, unseen objects. Molecules of all kinds float like invisible motes of dust, impossible to detect with the naked eye but sometimes discernable through smell.

“Think about when you buy a home — you may have new furniture, such as sofas, mattresses, or memory foam pillows, and freshly painted rooms,” says Nithin Abraham, a thermal coatings engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “These common household items often have a new smell associated with them, and it’s a result of volatile organic compounds being released into the air.”

As part of her job, Abraham has to think on the tiniest of scales. At NASA, she works on coatings technology research efforts. Specifically, she tries to address molecular contamination, finding ways to keep molecules from interfering with delicate instruments bound for space. Even the smallest deposition of chemical species on a sensitive telescope mirror can keep it from working properly. [Read more…]

NASA, Women’s National Basketball Players Association Team Up for Tech Transfer Partnership

NASA’s partnership with the WNBPA will create opportunities for members to explore technology licensing. The WNBPA Executive Committee includes (from left to right) Layshia Clarendon, Elena Delle Donne, Carolyn Swords and Chiney Ogwumike. Credits: WNBPA/Isaac Thesatus/Redhouse Visuals
NASA’s partnership with the WNBPA will create opportunities for members to explore technology licensing. The WNBPA Executive Committee includes (from left to right) Layshia Clarendon, Elena Delle Donne, Carolyn Swords and Chiney Ogwumike. Credits: WNBPA/Isaac Thesatus/Redhouse Visuals

On the heels of last month’s first-ever all-woman spacewalk, NASA and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) announced a partnership to provide professional basketball players with opportunities to explore the agency’s technology licensing and its various applications.

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NASA Spinoff Company Launches Beta Test of Wellness App

Health and fitness have played a role throughout Superbowl champion Obafemi Ayanbadejo’s life. After retiring from the NFL, Ayanbadejo graduated with his MBA from Johns Hopkins University and began pursuing a career as an entrepreneur.

The HealthReel wellness app provides the user with metrics on his or her body composition and metabolism.

The HealthReel wellness app provides the user with metrics on his or her body composition and metabolism.

In 2018, he worked with the Strategic Partnerships Office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to license a patented NASA algorithm with relevance to the health industry, and now, Ayanbadejo is beta testing a new mobile wellness app that seeks to provide highly accurate and detailed metrics on personal health. The app, known as HealthReel, uses the NASA algorithm and a personal smartphone camera to collect data and generate information on an individual’s body fat percentage, ideal caloric intake, and approximate risk for health conditions, among other stats. [Read more…]

Upcoming Industry Day Welcomes Domestic Companies to Goddard

An image taken from above of the Robotic Operations Center at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

The Robotic Operations Center acts as an incubator for satellite servicing technologies that will allow NASA to repair, refuel, and upgrade spacecraft. In this lab, engineers test robotic capabilities in space-like conditions before they are put to action in orbit. Photo credit: NASA

The Robotic Operations Center at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is the testing ground for new technologies in development by the Satellite Servicing Projects Division (SSPD), a Goddard team dedicated to ending the era of “one-and-done” spacecraft through robotic servicing missions. Now, NASA’s technologists and technology transfer professionals are seeking to transfer these technologies to interested U.S. companies, ultimately helping to jumpstart a competitive market. [Read more…]

Athletes Score Tech Transfer Knowledge at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

A group pictures of the participants of the meeting.

Participants of the meeting gathered in the NASA Goddard Visitor Center at the end of the day. Photo credit: NASA Goddard/Taylor Mickal

On July 24, NBA athletes with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) visited NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland to learn about NASA’s technology transfer and commercialization opportunities. [Read more…]

Small but Mighty: Goddard SmallSat technology transferred to a small business in Utah

Thermal Management Technologies' Gecko Release Mechanism is based on a Goddard technology for small satellites.
Thermal Management Technologies’ Gecko Release Mechanism is based on a Goddard technology for small satellites.

After two years, a small but mighty piece of NASA SmallSat technology has transferred successfully to industry, thanks to a connection made at the 2017 Small Satellite Conference in Logan, Utah.

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Inaugural NASA Commercialization Training Camp Introduces Athletes to Tech Transfer

Members of Goddard's Strategic Partnerships Office, the NFL Players Association, and NBA Retired Players Association gathered for a picture during the three day commercialization workshop.
Members of Goddard’s Strategic Partnerships Office, the National Football League Players Association, and the National Basketball Retired Players Association gathered for a picture during the three day commercialization workshop.

On June 24-26, professional athletes explored the world of space technology at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The NASA Commercialization Training Camp invited current and former athletes with the NBA and NFL to spend three days at Goddard and learn about opportunities to license and commercialize NASA technology.

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NASA’s Sun Measurement Technology Helps Keep People Safe Outside

The UVA+B SunFriend. Image Credit: Sensor Sensor LLC

The UVA+B SunFriend. Image Credit: Sensor Sensor LLC

Each month the Strategic Partnerships Office will tell the story of a renowned innovator at NASA’s Goddard
Space Flight Center and show how their technological breakthroughs are brought from the labs to our lives.
This month features UV Light Detection, a technology that gives NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)
more accurate measurements of the Sun’s radiation and is used to measure individual’s daily sun intake.

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Open Source Software Streamlines Process for Testing SmallSats

The Jon McBride Software Testing and Research Team gathers in front of STF-1.

The Jon McBride Software Testing and Research Team gathers in front of STF-1.

The very first spacecraft built in West Virginia reached completion last year, thanks to a collaboration between NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility, West Virginia University (WVU) and the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium (WVSGC). The history-making CubeSat is called STF-1, short for Simulation to Flight 1, and it launched into space at the end of 2018. [Read more…]

NASA’s Gear Bearing are Helping Bahari Energy Harness Energy from Urban Wind

Gear bearing technology is a mechanical engineering innovation combines gears and bearings into one unit.

Gear bearing technology is a mechanical engineering innovation combines gears and bearings into
one unit.

Each month the Strategic Partnerships Office will tell the story of a renowned innovator at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and show how their technological breakthroughs are brought from the labs to our lives.This month features gear bearings, developed by John Vranish to increase resolution for telescopes, and the licensing of this technology to Bahari Energy.

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