NASA’s 2024 Spinoff publication highlights NASA technologies that “benefit life on Earth in the form of commercial products.” The 2024 version features 40-plus medical and other commercialized technologies using the agency’s R&D and new technology from NASA’s Stennis Space Center. The annual Spinoff book includes advances in medical innovation, 3D printing, robots, and brake designs.
One featured medical innovation is the first wireless arthroscope for insertion into the body during surgery to receive clearance from the U.S. FDA. Commercialized technologies for diagnosing illnesses like the coronavirus, hepatitis, and cancer also came from NASA’s space exploration and science efforts. Certain types of toothpaste also originated from the agency’s efforts to grow crystals for electronics.
Additional 2024 Spinoff highlights include NASA’s Artemis campaign developments, such as a small, rugged video camera that improves aircraft safety and a new method to detect defects or damage in composite materials. Also featured are the latest benefits of fuel cell technology that will support terrestrial power grids based on renewable energy, spherical “squishy” robots, “digital winglets,” lighter brake designs, natural disaster cope and recovery software, and 3D printing methods that additively manufacture rocket engines and other large aluminum parts.
NASA Stennis items included are a Remote Sensing Toolkit and a Cryogenic Butterfly Cam Valve.
Spinoffs are part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and Technology Transfer program, which is charged with finding broad, innovative applications for NASA-developed technology through partnerships and licensing agreements, ensuring agency investments benefit the nation and the world.