NASA launches Android app

Spinoff features space technologies used in everyday life

Now you can thumb through technologies invented by NASA on your Android smart phone.

NASA released today its first app for the Android platform, named the NASA Spinoff, after launching some high-profile apps for Apple last year. 

Android’s app contains information on technologies, or spinoffs, that were created for the space program and are now used to solve problems in everyday lives, writes Jason Townsend on NASA's Behind The Page blog.

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“Commercialization of NASA technology has contributed to products and services in the fields of health and medicine, transportation, public safety, consumer goods, environmental resources and computer technology,” reports the NASA blog.

More than 1,700 NASA innovations are profiled in the app. It serves as a front end to its Spinoff portal based on a publication by the same name.

According to NASA, when spinoff products began to emerge from space technologies, it considered the possibility of an annual report to present at congressional budget hearings. The first report in 1973 generated such great public interest that the agency decided to make it into an attractive publication. The first four-color edition of Spinoff was published in 1976.

The Android app, according to the NASA Wiki, contains: 
  • A NASA feed of its latest technology news.
  • A searchable database of NASA innovations.
  • A Google Map showing where in the world spinoffs are being used. 
  • A timeline that runs from the historical establishment of NASA in 1958 to present events.
  • A database of NASA's available licensing opportunities.
Unlike the NASA app for the iPad device, the Spinoff does not include images, videos and Twitter feeds. 

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Reader Comments

Thu, Jan 20, 2011 Dave

It think it shows that NASA wastes money on App's to promote NASA. If NASA was doing what it is supposed to we would have had a moon base ten years ago instead of wasting flights on congressional junkets. Face it, the main product of NASA is the pensions and kickbacks its leadership enjoy when they retire.

Thu, Jan 20, 2011 BigWarpGuy New Jersey

I think it would show that spending money on NASA has more than paid for itself by showing all the technology and the benefits from it that have been gained. It will show that putting money into NASA is not a waste of money but an investment in the present and future.

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