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An Era Ends and NASA's Future Is Subjugated To a Failed Green Policy
If you have been following this Blog you know that it is dedicated to bringing information of new technologies to the tech savvy patient, however today I digress. This morning I watched the Enterprise being shuttled to its final destination at a New York floating museum, and the thought crossed my mind that the technology driver known as NASA was also slowly being relegated to museum status by becoming subjugated to the President's focus on a green initiatives. It seems he is not interested on focusing on the technological, economic, and life altering achievements of NASA but rather on some pie in the sky wind and solar programs.
To give some credence to my belief that NASA may well be more important to our society's well being, bare with me while I note some of the spinoffs that came from their work.
The mouse you used to click your way to this Web page.
The cat scanner
The micro chip that powers your computer, laptop, iPhone or iPad.
Patient monitoring via Telemetry
Dish and Direct TV satellite systems
NASA-inspired communications satellites that connect the world, and are the orbiting eyes in the sky to track hurricanes, weather, wildfires and volcanoes.
Health care workers can monitor many patients at once, thanks to technology first used to watch the health of astronauts.
The cochlear implant, pioneered by NASA engineer Adam Kissiah, selects speech signal information, then sends electrical pulses to the patient's ear.
Patient ventilator technologies that maintain critically Ill patients.
New high pressure systems that suppress fires in seconds
A water filtration system that provides safe, affordable drinking water throughout
A bacterial spore-detection system.
A low-cost device that creates electrical energy out of mechanical energy.
A tiny light-emitting diode (LED) chips used to grow plants.
Cable-compliant mechanisms which have now been implemented into an adjustable patient harness system used to treat patients recovering from traumatic brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, and hip or knee replacement, as well as aid U.S. service personnel with spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington
The development of Liquidmetal, a new type of metal that is twice as strong as titanium but behaves more like a plastic with its flexible, moldable properties.
A geospatial information systems company, NVision Inc., of Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, harnessed NASA’s remote-sensing satellite information to provide innovative geospatial solutions for a variety of applications, including: a crop prescription service for farmers; a disaster management networking tool for local, state, and Federal governments; and an educational service for young farmers.
A tunable diode laser-based gas sensor developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is now employed on flying aircraft as a means to measure water vapor and thus deliver real-time weather forecasting and help pilots avoid dangerous weather conditions. The sensor.
Robots used by the military and police to deal with dangerous situations and IEDs
LADARTracker - Eye-tracking devices must be able to sample the eye’s position at a rate of at least 1,000 times per second to keep up with saccadic movements, which do not stop during LASIK surgery. LADARTracker measures eye movements at a rate of 4,000 times per second, 4 times the established safety margin.
These are but a few of the NASA innovations that have made it to the private market. Now if you want to check out all of these innovations go to http://spinoff.nasa.gov/ .
No lets look at the wonders of the President's pressing green agenda . Spectrawatt, Solyndra, Enerdel, Beacon Power, and Abound Solar are examples this focus. This administration dumped $10,000,000,000 of our money Into these initiatives that money benefited only the Company's owners, officers, and the required bankruptcy lawyers. If that same $10 billion's and been invested into NASA, given its history, it would yielded a positive return on investment in terms of jobs, economic growth, and a better quality of life. To me the decision is a simple one and it was not the President's choice.
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