The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an agency of the United States government that specializes in aerospace/aeronautical research as well as running the space program of the U.S. Since its inception in 1958, NASA has been a technological leader and innovator.
As a result of The Space Act of 1958, congress mandated that NASA disclose its technology and research for commercialization and utilization by the private sector. This program is known as the NASA Technology Utilization Program. It’s aim is to connect NASA resources to the private sector. This program has spawned what is now known as “NASA spinoffs.” A NASA spinoff is a technology that has been commercialized through the use of NASA research, funding, facilities or assistance. NASA spinoff technology includes memory foam mattresses, freeze-dried foods, firefighting equipment, cordless vacuum cleaners and solar power technology. This blog is dedicated to showcasing the importance of NASA as well as its many technological innovations that have made it into the private sector.