When we were at Kennedy Space Center in July for the last-ever space shuttle launch, we sat down with Daniel Lockney to talk about some of the spinoffs from NASA’s space program. Lockney is a Program Specialist in NASA’s Office of Innovative Partnerships, and he deals with technology transfers off all sorts.
In other words, when the United States decided to build the space shuttle and when we and our global partners set out to build the International Space Station, there existed a lot of problems to solve. In solving those problems and reaching its goals, NASA made technological innovations that could also be applied outside of the space program and even in our daily lives. Some of these new gizmos and materials were somewhat expected, but other innovations couldn’t have been predicted. NASA spinoffs number in the hundreds and hundreds. That’s 1743 secondary and commercial uses for technology that NASA developed to go to space.