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NASA Tech Helps Ease the Tension

Safety is also an important concern on offshore oil platforms. Engineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and Astro Technology have collaborated to address some of these dangers, including both worker safety and dangerous leaks into the surrounding environment.

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Space Coatings Take Charge From Plastic Screens

Plastic computer screen covers are a common alternative to delicate glass in rugged industrial settings, but their tendency to transfer electrostatic charges can create a serious risk of explosions in the dusty atmosphere of mines.

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Watch Your Late Train in Real-time

Noting that the complexity of tracking trains across an extensive national rail network is similar to that of monitoring and controlling a satellite in orbit, ESA contractor Elecnor Deimos envisaged a way to apply satellite tracking software to the Spanish rail system.

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Tracking Shipping Containers From Space

The global coverage provided by space assets gives them a distinct advantage in applications related to largescale transportation and logistics. The customs and border control process of verifying cargo can lengthen the time required for cross-border shipments and complicate logistics.

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Wing Sensor Improves Driver Odds During Crash

Space technology has also been adapted by Volkswagen to create safer cars. A very thin sensor strip originally developed by ESA to measure pressures on the wing of a space plane turned out to be well-suited for use in automotive crash testing.

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Satellite Navigation and Timber Management

From 2011 to 2013, the ESA Business Incubation Center in Bavaria is hosting WASP-Logistik, which has been developing software that takes computer code originally developed for satellite navigation and applies it to timber management.

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Space Products and Services – TSR 2012

Space Products and Services - TSR 2012 explores space products and services and how they have enriched the lives and businesses of everyday people ranging from travel and entertainment to science…

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Transportation, Logistics, and Manufacturing

Beyond corporate and retail services, space products and services also facilitate global transportation, logistics, industrial manufacturing, and materials testing. While a single GPS device enables personal navigation, multiple network-linked GPS devices enable the management of complex logistics networks, such as time- and location-sensitive tracking of shipments.

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