Space News
space history and artifacts articles

space history discussion forums

worldwide astronaut appearances

selected space history documents

  collectSPACE: Messages
  Free Space
  What's the most significant benefit/spinoff of space flight ?

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   What's the most significant benefit/spinoff of space flight ?
New Member


posted 08-06-2004 02:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Alan   Click Here to Email Alan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some people say space flight only gave us "Velcro" and "Teflon" ...

What's the most significant spin-off ?


Posts: 2121
From: Essex, UK
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 08-06-2004 03:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

MRI Scanners ?


posted 08-06-2004 03:17 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Velcro is a cross between valure and crochet. Read that is the Idiots Guide to NASA. Another one of our finest moments...


Posts: 572
From: Ridgecrest, CA - USA
Registered: Jun 2000

posted 08-06-2004 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Danno     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Let's see, I will just shoot from the hip:

Miniature computers (starting home PC boom)

First global communications network

Bio-sensors (used in every hospital now)

Greatly improved Weather predictions

Then there are tons of smaller things:

velcro, teflon, flown flags, etc.

The list is quite huge but I don't have time - Dan


Posts: 5952
From: Brussels, Belgium
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 08-06-2004 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What’s the most important in today’s economy ?
ENERGY ( power ) … and space flight provided it for mankind ;
In the mid-1960’s NASA developed alkali fuel cells for use in space. NASA chose the alkali fuel cells for many reasons including their ability to work in wide range of temperatures, the 70% power generating efficiency, and the drinking water that is produced as by-product of the chemical reaction. Recently these fuel cell designs lead to modern Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cells which will be used worldwide as ENERGY-sources replacing petro-chemical applications. Hydrogen is the energy-source for the future, it can be produced out of water by using electricity from solar & wind-energy, and is stored as a gas. Mankind will use PEM fuel cells with Hydrogen for ALL the energy-requirements of the future !!!


Posts: 455
From: Herndon, VA, USA
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 08-07-2004 02:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cfreeze79   Click Here to Email cfreeze79     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Easy: Tang! The drink that took the astronauts to the moon...


Posts: 297
From: N.Ireland.
Registered: Jul 2002

posted 08-07-2004 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for derek   Click Here to Email derek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The downfall of the Soviet empire.



Posts: 3218
From: MA, USA
Registered: Sep 2002

posted 08-07-2004 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


Posts: 1104
From: Walsall, West Midlands, UK
Registered: Dec 2002

posted 08-07-2004 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry Guys,
George de Mestral invented ‘velcro’ the finished design was patented in 1955. The inventor formed Velcro Industries to manufacture his invention. Mestral was selling over sixty million yards of Velcro per year. Today it is a multi-million dollar industry. Although utilized by NASA it was not a space spin-off.
In 1938, Roy Plunkett capitalized on an accident and invented one of the best known and most widely used polymers of all time: Teflon. He was working for the Dupont Company.



Posts: 258
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 08-07-2004 10:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SRB   Click Here to Email SRB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The space program gave us the greatest achievement of the 20th Century - the first human landing on the moon.

Rob Joyner

Posts: 1308
From: GA, USA
Registered: Jan 2004

posted 08-07-2004 11:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote maybe?....


Posts: 1067
From: Leawood, Kansas USA
Registered: Oct 2003

posted 08-08-2004 01:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fabfivefreddy   Click Here to Email fabfivefreddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Realizing that we can accomplish any goal if we put forth our best efforts.



Posts: 1208
From: Upcountry, Maui, Hawaii
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 08-08-2004 03:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by fabfivefreddy:
Realizing that we can accomplish any goal if we put forth our best efforts.


Very well said Tahir!

New Member

Posts: 5
From: Morrisonville, New York USA
Registered: Apr 2009

posted 08-08-2004 03:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard   Click Here to Email Richard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ballbearings...Oh come on guys, it's all ballbearings nowdays!

posted 08-08-2004 03:22 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Wait, I know...Space Collectibles...


Posts: 2031
From: Sydney, Australia
Registered: Sep 2003

posted 08-08-2004 06:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Forgive me if I get a little more ethereal here, but for me the greatest thing that ever came from the era of space flight is the simple fact that I have lived through one of the greatest-ever eras of human enterprise and endeavour. I embraced manned space flight as a youngster and I have never lost my passion for the subject. Despite the tragedies, it has been an undiminished interest of mine for more than forty years, and it has brought me not only into contact with many of the remarkable men and women who forged that history, and allowed me the privilege of writing about it, but I have gained and maintained wonderful friendships of lifelong tenure with like-minded people through it.

The list of material benefits is a long and impressive one, but I would always answer that the greatest benefit for me is a selfish one - I will always be grateful for growing up and old in this truly incredible era, when a man first walked on the moon.

Mike Dixon

Posts: 1397
From: Kew, Victoria, Australia
Registered: May 2003

posted 08-08-2004 06:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you read "Chariots for Apollo" (IMO the BEST book about the Grumman LM) it closes with some incisive pages directed to the cynics and naysayers, outlining in considerable detail, all the benefits that have flowed from the space program.

Should be required reading for those ignorant of the (social) return on investment.


Posts: 1156
From: Sandpoint, ID, USA
Registered: Mar 2003

posted 08-08-2004 10:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a bit like Tahir's very excellent answer, but I think the most important benefit is (or should be) the death of the myth that humankind was never meant to leave this planet.


[This message has been edited by dss65 (edited August 08, 2004).]

All times are CT (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | The Source for Space History & Artifacts

Copyright 2020 All rights reserved.

Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47a