National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Table of Contents
2 Table of Contents Spinoff 2013
Innovative Software Tools Measure
Behavioral Alertness
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Cloud-Based Data Sharing Connects
Emergency Managers
Under an SBIR con...
Public Safety
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from astronauts in orbit and pilots in the...
NASA Technology
n a world that’s increasingly interconnected, the
effects of even smaller-scale natural disasters or
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  • 1. 2013 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • 2. Table of Contents 2 Table of Contents Spinoff 2013 36 Innovative Software Tools Measure Behavioral Alertness 40 Miniaturized, Portable Sensors Monitor Metabolic Health 42 Patient Simulators Train Emergency Caregivers 44 Solar Refrigerators Store Life-Saving Vaccines 46 Monitors Enable Medication Management in Patients’ Homes 48 Handheld Diagnostic Device Delivers Quick Medical Readings 5 Foreword 7 Introduction 8 Mars Spinoffs 18 Executive Summary 32 NASA Technologies Benefiting Society 142 Partnership News 160 Award-Winning Technologies 176 Spinoffs of Tomorrow 196 NASA Office of the Chief Technologist Network Directory 52 Experiments Result in Safer, Spin-Resistant Aircraft 56 Interfaces Visualize Data for Airline Safety, Efficiency 58 Data Mining Tools Make Flights Safer, More Efficient 60 NASA Standards Inform Comfortable Car Seats 62 Heat Shield Paves the Way for Commercial Space 68 Air Systems Provide Life Support to Miners 72 Coatings Preserve Metal, Stone, Tile, and Concrete 74 Robots Spur Software That Lends a Hand 76 Cloud-Based Data Sharing Connects Emergency Managers 78 Catalytic Converters Maintain Air Quality in Mines SPINOFFS DEPARTMENTS 40 58 68
  • 3. 22 Spinoff 201322 Executive Summary Spinoff 2013 76 Cloud-Based Data Sharing Connects Emergency Managers Under an SBIR contract with Stennis Space Center, Baltimore-based StormCenter Communications Inc. developed an improved interoperable platform for sharing geospatial data over the Internet in real time—information that is critical for decision makers in emergency situations. 78 Catalytic Converters Maintain Air Quality in Mines At Langley Research Center, engineers developed a tin-oxide based washcoat to prevent oxygen buildup in carbon dioxide lasers used to detect wind shears. Airflow Catalyst Systems Inc. of Rochester, New York, licensed the technology and then adapted the washcoat for use as a catalytic converter to treat the exhaust from diesel mining equipment. 84 Brainwave Monitoring Software Improves Distracted Minds Neurofeedback technology developed at Langley Research Center to monitor pilot awareness inspired Peter Freer to develop software for improving student performance. His company, Fletcher, 86 Thermal Materials Protect Priceless, Personal Keepsakes NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski led the development of materials and techniques for the inspection and repair of the shuttle’s thermal protection system. Parazynski later met Chris Shiver of Houston-based DreamSaver Enterprises LLC and used concepts from his work at Johnson Space Center to develop an enclosure that can withstand 98 percent of residential fires. 82 NASA-Enhanced Water Bottles Filter Water on the Go Complex systems on the ISS collect and recycle moisture from every possible source—including sweat and urine—to be filtered for recycled use. Greenbrae, California-based ÖKO now sells a water bottle that employs NASA filtration media to purify water as the user squeezes it through the device. 88 Home Air Purifiers Eradicate Harmful Pathogens Marshall Space Flight Center funded the University of Madison-Wisconsin to develop ethylene scrubbers to keep produce fresh in space. Akida Holdings of Jacksonville, Florida, licensed the 90 Thermal Materials Drive Professional Apparel Line Johnson Space Center investigated phase change materials (PCMs) to use in spacesuit gloves to help maintain comfortable temperatures. Years later, Boston-based Ministry of Supply developed a dress shirt that incorporated the NASA-derived PCMs, could wick away moisture, and also control odors and bacterial growth. Deemed Apollo, the shirt performs like active wear and is available in white and oxford blue. 92 Radiant Barriers Save Energy in Buildings Langley Research Center needed to coat the Echo 1 satellite with a North Carolina-based Unique Logic and Technology Inc., has gone on to develop technology for improving workplace and sports performance, monitoring drowsiness, and encouraging relaxation. technology and developed Airocide, an air purifier that can kill airborne pathogens. Previously designed for industrial spaces, there is now a specially designed unit for home use.
  • 4. Public Safety For NASA missions, safety is of the umost importance for everyone from astronauts in orbit and pilots in the sky to their support staff and engineers on the ground. Many of the Agency’s insights into keeping its personnel safe find wider applications in industry, keeping everyone from miners and warehouse workers to airplane passengers protected against potential dangers. Spinoffs featured in this section: Provide Life Support to Miners Preserve Metal, Stone, Tile, and Concrete Spur Software that Lends a Hand Connect Emergency Managers Maintain Air Quality in Mines
  • 5. NASA Technology I n a world that’s increasingly interconnected, the effects of even smaller-scale natural disasters or other emergencies are often felt far and wide. Not all volcanic eruptions make the headlines, for example, but many of them create large plumes of smoke and ash that can interrupt commercial activities such as farming or air transport over wide areas. The eruption of Mount Redoubt in Alaska in 2009, though far from the con- tinental United States, still caused the cancellation of over 200 commercial flights, disrupted cargo transport between Asia and North America, and temporarily sus- pended oil production in the area. NASA’s Earth Observing System (EOS), one of the Science Mission Directorate’s core programs, is dedicated to collecting and making available data that among other Cloud-Based Data Sharing Connects Emergency Managers 76 Public Safety Spinoff 2013 things can improve preparations for and responses to catastrophic events. EOS currently conducts nearly two dozen Earth-observing missions, collecting continuous streams of data on conditions through the atmosphere from the ground up. However, having accessible data, while helpful, isn’t a panacea. Sharing and manipulating various data sources effectively is a major concern to public authorities, who in emergency situations are increasingly collaborating across agencies and are looking for technologies that enable those conversations. Experts at Stennis Space Center know the importance of making NASA’s valuable data resources usable in real time. “National, state, and local decision-makers need to anticipate, react to, and communicate about natural and manmade disasters, as well as cyber and homeland security events,” says Bill Graham, scientist at Stennis and project manager on remote sensing and geographic infor- mation systems applications projects. Data collaboration increases the amount of expertise decision-makers can leverage in a given situation, potentially saving resources and even lives. Software platforms are a primary component of shar- ing data, and most organizations and agencies currently use one of several proprietary geobrowsers, or software that displays data spatially, especially on maps. The ten- dency of these organizations is to use whichever program best fits their own in-house needs, not whatever software will best enable cross-agency data sharing. To encourage improved interchanges between organizations, Stennis wanted to facilitate the development of an interoperable data sharing platform. Technology Transfer Responding to a call from Stennis under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, Baltimore-based StormCenter Communications Inc. began work on a software tool that would allow multiple, differing geobrowsers to communicate over the Internet, so that confusion and disruption caused by software incompatibility could be reduced. “For many decision-makers today,” says Dave Jones, founder and CEO of StormCenter, “their state of the art is sharing a link to a map on the web. The leader has to say, ‘OK, now click on this button to display this data, click on that button to display that data.’ And if you have multiple people on the call, you realize pretty quickly that it’s going to get ugly.” StormCenter was a natural partner for Stennis, having previously worked with NASA Headquarters to enhance a geobrowser called the Envirocast Vision Collaboration Module (Spinoff 2012), which utilized a Google Earth interface to enable real-time data sharing over the Internet. Under this new partnership, StormCenter began developing an independent platform that could Astronauts aboard the International Space Station photographed this striking view of Pavlof Volcano in Alaska as it erupted on May 13, 2013, sending an ash cloud more than 20,000 feet into the air. The volcano sits in the Aleutian Arc about 625 miles southwest of Anchorage. StormCenter’s collaboration tools are especially suited for tracking the fallout from eruptions like these and managing resources accordingly.
  • 6. Spinoff 2013 Public Safety 77 give a group of users with multiple geobrowsers— including different proprietary software packages—a common interface for sharing and manipulating geospatial data. Through Phase I and II SBIR contracts, StormCenter developed GeoSync and GeoCollaborate, two secure, 100 percent cloud-based technologies that enable data shar- ing on a large scale. GeoSync allows users to share data, whether with one person or thousands, by using a single web address and online interface. The leader of the session can display data sets on top of a navigable map while an audience follows in real time. GeoCollaborate adds the ability for participants in the session to “pass the baton around,” Jones says, giving everyone with the proper credentials the ability to take the lead and add their own data sets into the mix. In this way, users can actually col- laborate in real-time. “This is a very powerful capability with broad decision-making applications,” he adds. Benefits The biggest value in StormCenter’s new software, according to Jones, is its ability to allow different orga- nizations to merge their data sets on GeoCollaborate regardless of what software they use in-house. “What these technologies do,” says Jones, “is put everybody in the collaboration session on the same map, at the same time, with the same data. That enables a much greater degree of situational awareness and, ultimately, faster and better informed decision-making.” Because the sessions are cloud based, there is no need to rely on screen-sharing programs or to switch between computers as different people take control of the map. Additionally, the data also doesn’t disappear once the leader relinquishes his or her control of the session—a sig- nificant problem with previous data-sharing technologies. Jones says that StormCenter’s tools can be applied in any situation where there is a map component to a collaborative decision-making process. In addition to the natural disasters StormCenter has consulted on, the software could potentially be used to track incidence of diseases that occur concurrent with specific environ- mental conditions, to help assess and build national infrastructure for situational awareness related to emer- gency response, to plan and execute military operations, to coordinate climate change research and adaptation planning, and more. The company is even working to adapt its tools for use in multi-agency collaborative interfaces on space weather. “That’s an entirely different effort, but we can share space weather data in the same way,” says Jones. “We have the capability to connect NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Defense, and the Federal Aviation Administration for real-time situational awareness on space weather developments.” Volcanic ash monitoring is a disaster management field where StormCenter’s innovative, NASA-funded collaboration technologies tools are currently enhancing decision-making capabilities and improving safety. The company is working with the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Anchorage, Alaska, to demonstrate how data sharing technologies can better protect the Nation’s aviation industry during an eruption and save money by reducing the number of flights that need to be canceled. A recent meeting of the International Volcanic Ash Task Force—composed of the nine countries with volcanic ash advisory centers—resulted in an official document that recognized the importance of real-time collaborative tools: “The United States put forth our technology as one for consideration on global volcanic ash coordination,” says Jones. GeoSync and GeoCollaborate are currently available to commercial organizations and government agencies in need of their capabilities. And in 2013, StormCenter won a $1 million Phase III SBIR contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to continue improving the technology based on the company’s work with NASA. “We are excited about the opportunities that are opening up as a result of our technology innovations,” says Jones. “I see our NASA partnership as a tremendous success for the SBIR program.” Graham at Stennis agrees: “This is definitely a suc- cessful partnership for NASA. StormCenter’s technology reduces the risk, cost, and time associated with preparing for and responding to emergencies, bringing a tremen- dous return to the taxpayers and benefiting society.” O A StormCenter employee uses the company’s geobrowser to lead a real-time collaboration session sharing geospatial data. The technology was expanded to a cloud-based, interoperable platform under StormCenter’s SBIR Phase II contract with Stennis Space Center.
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