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Goddard Reads – In Partnership with Tor Books

The “Goddard Reads” virtual event series celebrates 9 years of partnership between NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Tom Doherty Associates, LLC (Tor-Forge or Tor Books), a leading publisher of science fiction works. Using a Space Act Agreement to promote the science and minimize the fiction in “science fiction,” Goddard has connected subject matter experts in science and engineering with Tor Books authors. Through this collaboration, not only will the NASA-inspired works of fiction promote public awareness of NASA’s programs and missions, but they will also inspire young minds to embrace careers in science and technology as exciting and fulfilling opportunities.

The “Goddard Reads” virtual event series helps to explore how Tor Books authors and their reader base can benefit from subject matter expertise from NASA and other sources, while also featuring Goddard internal science communicators, who will share their experience working at the intersection of writing and STEM.

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Help us, Goddard Innovators! You’re our only hope…

On this fourth of May in the 20th year of the 21st Earthian century, the Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) has transmitted a message to Goddard innovators from a galaxy far, far away. SPO aims to further NASA’s mission to bring space technology back to Earth, and we need the help of Innovators like you to complete this mission!

View SPO’s special “May the Fourth” greeting below.

Complete transcript  available.

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Professional Athletes Tackle Tech Transfer and Commercialization at NASA

In collaboration with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas hosted the second NASA Commercialization Training Camp on Feb. 12-14 in partnership with the NFL Players Association. Through presentations, tours, panels and one-on-one conversations, the training camp introduced current and former professional football players to NASA technology, explaining how athletes could infuse NASA innovations into an existing business or new startup idea.
Training camp participants and NASA personnel at the Johnson Space Center. Credit: NASA/Johnson Space Center/Bill Stafford

In the 1960s, two famous American establishments were hitting their stride. The first Super Bowl took place in 1967, and two years later, NASA landed men on the Moon. Now, more than five decades later, American football and the space agency are coming together in the name of technology transfer.

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New Frontiers: Goddard X-ray technology has a diverse range of applications

NICER’s X-ray concentrator optics are inspected under a black light for dust and object debris that could impair functionality once in space.Photo Credit: NASA/Keith Gendreau
NICER’s X-ray concentrator optics are inspected under a black light for dust and object debris that could impair functionality once in space. Photo Credit: NASA/Keith Gendreau

Time and time again, the path of basic research takes surprising twists and turns.

“Why does NASA spend money on technologies to look at black holes when there are so many things on Earth we need to fix?” asks Keith Gendreau, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “It turns out that the work we do here impacts people in tangible ways.”

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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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