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10 Space Technologies That Help On Earth

NASA nurtured many innovations, from a portable communications system to an ultrasound machine for telemedicine, that have made the leap from space to Earth.
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Edwin Saltzman and fellow engineers at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center applied their work in the areas of aerodynamics and fluid dynamics to improved truck design. The modifications involved rounding the corners and edges of a box-shaped cab, reducing drag at those points by nearly 40%. They placed a smooth fairing on the cab's roof and extended the sides to the trailer to reduce drag and save fuel. The widely-adopted design changes translate into fuel savings of more than 6,000 gallons per year for a truck driving 100,000 miles. Image credit: NASA

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Cara Latham
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3/21/2013 | 1:20:47 PM
re: 10 Space Technologies That Help On Earth
The most interesting to me are the UVA-filtering lenses and the earth imaging technology. I think if further research allows the UVA-filtering lenses to be compatible with prescriptions, it could be immediately beneficial to the public at large. Additionally, I hope further developments with earth imaging technology can be more helpful in preparing the public for catastrophes like hurricanes and tsunamis.
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3/20/2013 | 6:25:42 PM
re: 10 Space Technologies That Help On Earth
Great stuff! I just wish the Eagle Eye sunglasses could be used with a prescription.
Tom LaSusa
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3/20/2013 | 3:14:35 PM
re: 10 Space Technologies That Help On Earth
You really seem upset about this Leo. ;-)

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3/20/2013 | 2:47:18 PM
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Information Week only had one important New Year's Resolution this year. '"No Slide Show Articles with out a prominent 'View-as-one-page' link." How's that working out for you so far?
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3/19/2013 | 6:57:18 PM
re: 10 Space Technologies That Help On Earth
The inflatable satellite communication system is pretty cool. It enables geosat communications from remote corners of the world and has apparently been used by the US military in Afghanistan. When inflated, the antenna "ball" is about 8 feet tall, but when deflated, it fits into a small suitcase that can be checked as airline luggage. And "Alien" fans take note -- Sigourney Weaver is featured speaker at the Hall of Fame dinner.
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