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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is required by its charter to report to industry any new, commercially significant technologies developed in the course of their R&D. For more than three decades, this has been accomplished primarily through the publication of NASA Tech Briefs.

Originally issued as single sheet reports in the 1960s, NASA Tech Briefs has been a joint publishing venture of NASA and Tech Briefs Media Group, a unit of SAE International, since 1985. Today, NASA Tech Briefs’ circulation surpasses 190,000.

The monthly magazine, which as of 2013 is still available in paper form, features reports of innovations developed by NASA and its industry partners/contractors. NASA Tech Briefs also contains articles on NASA spinoffs, NASA tech transfer resources, and application stories. Regular columns describe new patents, industry products, software, and literature.

The associated commercial ad-supported web site is privately owned and is not an official Web site of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, nor is it sponsored by NASA.[1]


  1. ^ "NASA Tech Briefs - legal disclaimer". SAE International. November 7, 2013. Archived from the original on October 4, 2014.

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