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Rocket NozzleHigh Melt Carbon-Carbon Material Successful in Creating a Highly Durable Rocket Nozzle Extension

A partnership between NASA's Glenn Research Center and Carbon-Carbon Advanced Technologies (C-CAT) has led to the creation of a rocket nozzle extension that will provide equal or better performance than current options for about half the cost. The success comes as the result of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract awarded by NASA to Texas-based C-CAT to develop the nozzle using an ACC-6 High Melt Coating. The material is known for its strength and resiliency; however, until recently the use of ACC-6 with High Melt Coating in large components had not been demonstrated.

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TWTACollaboration Yields Massive Increase in Data Transmission Rates

A longtime collaboration between NASA's Glenn Research Center and L-3 has led to technology enabling the unprecedented transmission of scientifically significant data related to our home planet, moon, and solar system, as well as the search for Earth-like planets. The jointly developed high-speed, high-capacity traveling wave tube amplifier (TWTA) has performed flawlessly aboard the Cassini spacecraft, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the Kepler Mission, and the International Space Station (ISS).

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implantable sensorTechnology Originating in NASA's SBIR Program Undergoes First Clinical Trials for Cardiovascular Monitoring

Wireless, implantable cardiovascular system sensors developed to help NASA's Glenn Research Center (GRC) better understand blood flow in astronauts during spaceflight are now finding success in clinical trials as a key device to help monitor patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) and to manage their condition. Developed by Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc. (ISSYS), the Titan Wireless Implantable Hemodynamic Monitor (WIHM) uniquely measures the pressure of the left side of the heart (both left atrium and left ventricle), as well as any location in the cardiovascular system, including the pulmonary artery.

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flexible aerogel compositeNew Agreement Streamlines Licensing Process for High-Temperature Aerogel

NASA’s Glenn Research Center and the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) have signed a new agreement that streamlines licensing negotiations for a high-temperature aerogel they jointly developed. Signed in December 2013, the joint-ownership agreement allows potential licensees to negotiate solely with NASA Glenn, which is authorized to represent OAI.

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vMetrics deviceNASA Technology Enables Better Patient Care

A biomedical device originally developed to monitor the health of astronauts in space is now available to help doctors remotely monitor their patients. Developed under NASA-sponsored research and now sold by FlexLife Health, Inc., vMetrics™ is a lightweight, compact, wireless device for home health monitoring. The easy-to-use, two-way system also allows patients to communicate with health care providers outside of a clinical or hospital setting. The wearable device can measure heart rate, blood pressure, glucose, temperature, prothrombin time, joint angle, oxygen saturation, and more.

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fire extinguisherFighting Fires with High-Tech Mist

Fine water mist fire suppression system offers superior protection for high-value installations

NASA’s Glenn Research Center collaborated with ADA Technologies, Inc (link opens new browser window). through multiple, related Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts to develop a novel fire suppression technology for use in both space and ground applications. The Fine Water Mist Portable Fire Extinguisher works like a standard fire extinguisher, but leverages the unique thermal properties of micro-atomized water droplets and is designed to operate in any orientation.

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Greenfield SolarNASA's Composite Case Armor Flying on Cessna Jets

NASA’s Glenn Research Center, Williams International, and A&P Technology partnered to develop a composite jet engine fan case that is 30 percent lighter than metal fan cases and strong enough to contain a released titanium blade. The resulting weight reduction translates directly into improved fuel efficiency, lower greenhouse gas emissions, increased payload, and greater aircraft range.

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› Winner of the 2012 FLC Excellence in Technology Transfer awardfor the Midwest Region

LambdaAward-Winning Technology Increases Durability and Life Span of Metal Components

A partnership between NASA’s Glenn Research Center and Lambda Research, Inc. has led to a new process—low plasticity burnishing (LPB®)—that is providing extraordinary humanitarian and technological benefits to government agencies and commercial industries. The LPB process improves the performance, strength, damage tolerance, and life span of metal components without changing either the material or the component design.

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Greenfield SolarCollaboration Shortens Development Time for High-Speed, Large-Area Metal Cladding Technology that Extends Steel Life

Collaboration with NASA’s Glenn Research Center enabled MesoCoat (link opens new browser window), Inc. to reduce significantly the time it took to develop and validate a high-speed, large-area metal and ceramic cladding technology.

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Greenfield SolarLow-Cost, Scalable Solar Energy Launches with NASA Support

Early collaboration with NASA's Glenn Research Center enabled GreenField Solar® to develop a unique low-cost, high-intensity vertical multi-junction silicon solar cell. The PhotoVolt solar cell differs from conventional one-sun silicon-based solar cells in that instead of lying flat, it is engineered to sit on its edge.

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RadiometricsNASA Partners with Radiometrics Corporation to Improve Weather Forecasting and Flight Safety

Small Business Innovation Research funding has enabled NASA's Glenn Research Center and the Radiometrics Corporation to jointly develop a narrow-beam radiometer capable of providing accurate, real-time information on icing conditions for aircraft.

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Listen to the Innovation Now Radio Show podcast: "Microwave Radiometer Breakthrough"

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rHealth deviceThe rHEALTH Sensor

Universal biomedical analysis sensor shrinks hospital lab to single POC device

A unique collaboration between NASA's Glenn Research Center and the DNA Medicine Institute has produced a reusable microfluidic device that performs rapid, low-cost cell counts and measurements of electrolytes, proteins, and other biomarkers.

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Listen to the Innovation Now Radio Show podcast: "A Lab in the Palm of Your Hand"

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entech solarPartnership Produces Record-Setting Power, Reliability, and Efficiency in a Low Mass, Free-Piston Stirling Convertor

Technology developed through a series of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts with Ohio-based Sunpower, Inc. in partnership with NASA's Glenn Research Center has resulted in the Advanced Stirling Convertor (ASC), an 80 watt free-piston Stirling power convertor that produces electric power from any source of heat.

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entech solarUltra-Light, Low-Cost Solar Concentrator Offers Unparalleled Efficiency and Performance

Technology developed through multiple, related Small Business Innovation Research contracts with Entech® Solar, Inc. in partnership with NASA's Glenn Research Center has produced a high-performance, ultra-light solar concentrator for space and ground applications.

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Video imageTechnologies Developed at GRC are Impacting Ohio Businesses and Our Everyday Lives

NASA's Glenn Research Center has invested over $3 million a year in Ohio small businesses to develop technologies. This video highlights how that money has impacted businesses in Ohio as well as brought us amazing new products.

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Turbine engine blade during processingSBIR Company Creates Low-Cost Method for Increasing Metal Component Durability and Life Span

Lambda Research Inc. (now part of the Lambda Technologies group) received Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding from NASA’s Glenn Research Center to apply and demonstrate its low plasticity burnishing (LPB™) method to significantly increase the durability and life span of metal components.

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› See also, "Low Plasticity Burnishing Aerospace and Medical Applications"
› 2010 R&D 100 Award Winner (link opens new browser window

spring tireNASA's Moon Tire Technology

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company of Akron, OH and the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland, OH under the direction of Vivake Asnani recently completed a jointly-funded project to improve upon the wire mesh Moon tire technology developed for the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle in the early 1970s.

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› 2010 R&D 100 Award Winner (link opens new browser window
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Listen to the Innovation Now Radio Show podcast: "Space Tires That Never Go Flat"
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GATR antennaTechnology Benefiting Disaster Relief Has Roots at GRC

A technology with roots in the Small Business Innovation Research program is benefiting from an ongoing technology transfer relationship with GRC.

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› 2010 R&D 100 Award Winner (link opens new browser window

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Airplace over cellular materialCollaboration Could Lead to Quieter Airports

Under a partnership made possible by NASA’s Partnerships Seed Fund program, through the Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP), NASA’s Glenn Research Center tested a patent- pending over-the-rotor acoustic metallic foam liner that reduced noise up to 4 dB on an FJ44 turbofan engine manufactured by Williams International.

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EndotronixEndotronix Licenses Two NASA Patents to Develop More Accurate, Less Invasive Ways to Measure Cardiovascular  Conditions in the Human Body

In July 2008, Endotronix, Inc. licensed two patents from NASA's Glenn Research Center for radio frequency (RF) Bio-MEMs sensor technology that can eventually help thousands of people avoid the potentially life-threatening complications of hypertension, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and congestive heart failure.

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EndevcoEndevco Corporation Licenses Three NASA Patents to Enable a New Line of High-Temperature, Harsh-Environment Silicon Carbide Pressure Sensors

In October 2007, Endevco Corporation (link opens new browser window) licensed three patents covering two technologies from NASA's Glenn Research Center that will enable it to jump start a new line of high-temperature, harsh-environment pressure

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RFCSpace Power Pallet Flight Experiment: Boeing Phantom Works

NASA's Glenn Research Center and Boeing Phantom Works are designing a 2 kilowatt power out hydrogen-oxygen regenerative fuel cell (RFC) for a "human-rated space power flight experiment" that would be attached to the International Space Station.

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instrumentAtomic Oxygen Textured Surfaces for Blood Glucose & Other Analyte Monitoring: Light Pointe Medical

As a result of NASA’s research on low Earth orbital atomic oxygen interactions with spacecraft materials, this technology was discovered and thereafter developed in collaboration with Light Pointe Medical.

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sensis corp aerial photoNextGen CNS Test Bed: Sensis Corporation

NextGenCNS Test Bed helps provide integrated wireless communication and surface capabilities for safe and efficient airport operations. Glenn Research Center is evaluating WiMax technology in a new protected frequency spectrum for advanced situational awareness and secure information sharing.

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RF telemetryRadio Frequency (RF) Telemetry for Bioelectromechanical Systems (BioMEMS) Sensors and Actuators: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation

This effort leverages GRC Radio Frequency (RF) technology to develop novel miniature conformal antennas and signal processing circuits for RF telemetry to and from biomicroelectromechanical systems (BioMEMS) sensors and actuators through electromagnetic coupling.

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