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Space Technology Hall of Fame

2008

Collaboration between NASA, the United States Army and private industry led to both significant improvement and an important new application for a remarkable medical device called ResQPOD. Successfully used by NASA to treat orthostatic intolerance - a condition of suddenly lowered blood pressure that occurs upon rapid reentry into Earth's atmosphere - ResQPOD quickly increases blood flow to the brain to more safely reacquaint astronauts with the effects of gravity. Available to the public ResQPOD improves circulation in patients suffering cardiac arrest and other high-risk conditions attributed to low blood pressure.
Spills and leaks of all kinds threaten water resources around the world. Today a new technology provides safe and permanent removal of petroleum-based pollutants from water.

The basic delivery system grew out of NASA biological encapsulation research and the orbital production of microspheres so uniformly precise they provide calibration standards for scientific and industrial equipment.

Industry scientists worked with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Marshall Space Flight Center to develop Petroleum Remediation Product or PRP.

PRP can be spread over water or soil to absorb, contain, and safely dispose of hydrocarbon pollutants. Essentially highly absorbent hollow spheres of beeswax, PRP immediately binds with hydrocarbons and provide nutrients to naturally occurring microbes. The feeding microbes then create enzymes which biodegrade contaminants.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Space technology is now helping diagnose and monitor treatments for hardening of the arteries before it causes heart attacks and strokes.
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