Michael Braukus Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1979) RELEASE: 00-191

December 5, 2000

NASA PUBLICATION HIGHLIGHTS NEW COMMERCIAL TECHNOLOGIES A breast cancer detection system and a personal search-andrescue beacon represent the range of NASA's 42 most recently commercialized products featured in the 2000 issue of Spinoff, the annual publication that highlights commercial products benefiting from NASA technology. Spinoff informs the American public of the benefits of NASA's commercial partnerships with private industry. The results of these partnerships are commercial products that utilize NASA technology, known as Spinoffs. Since 1976, over 1,200 of these products have been highlighted in Spinoff, illustrating the downto-earth benefits of the space program. The publication also covers NASA research-and-development activities and serves as a reference resource to the agency's commercial technology network available at: http://www.nctn.hq.nasa.gov Since NASA's inception in 1958, technologies resulting from the space program have introduced Americans to hundreds of new or improved products. The 2000 edition describes the latest products and their possible economic and social impact in the areas of health and medicine, transportation, public safety, computer technology, manufacturing technology, consumer/home/recreation, and environment and resources management. Online versions of Spinoff, beginning with the 1996 issue, are available on the World Wide Web at: http://www. sti.nasa.gov/tto The Spinoff web site also contains contact information for companies interested in featuring their product in Spinoff or simply in requesting the latest issue. - end Editors Note: Media interested in obtaining a print copy of Spinoff 2000 may contact the National Technology Transfer Center at 1/800/678-6882. Further questions may be addressed to the Spinoff editors at: Spinoff@sti.nasa.gov