Plasma processing of waste and biofuels
Plasma accelerators developed as methods of electronic propulsion in space are being used to process waste products in gasification plants and as a method of ‘burning’ biofuels. This is still in the development stage.
Quick reacting magnetic ball valve
Developed for the comet lander Philae, part of the Rosetta mission, this magnetic ball valve is now being mass produced for the automotive industry and for purifying contaminated water.
Packaging potato crisps
A new packaging technique that ensure crisps do not break when dropped into the bag is based on a similar probe used
to land a spacecraft.
Novariant™ AutoFarm® RTK AutoSteer (auto-steered tractor)
Farm tractors can be robotically controlled using GPS technology to ensure precision farming, which in turn improves crop yields and reduces environmental pollution, as well as reducing operating costs.
Thin metallised plastic designed for temperature control in spacecraft – is now being used to better insulate homes, schools and offices. This material – known as the space blanket – is also widely used by the emergency services to keep people warm as it is lightweight and portable, and has excellent thermal qualities. It is also used for large packaging protection in the food industry.
Plants ‘text message’ farmers
A sensor developed to help astronauts measure water levels has been adapted to help farmers measure plant water levels, as the sensor can send a text message when the plant needs watering.
Measuring water content in Spanish ham
A technology originally devised to detect the water retention of astronauts is being used to measure the level of water retention in hams. The detection tool is now employed in the production lines of Spanish ham producers to ensure strict quality control standards are met.