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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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Custom Laser Crystal Supports More Efficient Artificial Guide Star

Part of the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, this laser guide star helps astronomers correct blurry images caused by atmospheric turbulence. Photo credit: G. Hüdepohl/ESO

Part of the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, this laser guide star helps astronomers correct blurry images caused by atmospheric turbulence. Photo credit: G. Hüdepohl/ESO

Telescopes like the Hubble Space Telescope have a huge advantage over ground-based telescopes — they don’t have to deal with Earth’s atmosphere. The atmosphere’s constant state of flux causes trouble for telescopes on the ground, due to its tendency to distort light traveling through it. One solution to this problem involves a technique called adaptive optics. With it, astronomers can correct blurry images and produce better pictures. [Read more…]

2D Image Analysis Software Shows Potential in Many Industries

HHT2 technology allows for image “noise” to be removed for a clearer picture. Credit: NASA

HHT2 technology allows for image “noise” to be removed for a clearer picture. Credit: NASA

Each month the Strategic Partnerships Office will tell the story of a renowned innovator at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and how their technological breakthroughs are brought from the labs to our lives. This month features the Hilbert Huang Transform 2 (HHT2), a two dimensional adaptation to the original Hilbert Huang Transform. This 2D analysis software clarifies distorted images and enables enhanced interpreting of images.

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