CLEVELAND – Jan. 17, 2007 – IEC Infrared Systems, a leading provider of thermal imaging systems and night vision equipment has been formally recognized as a NASA spinoff.
NASA spinoffs are successfully commercialized NASA technology. For more than 40 years, the NASA Innovative Partnerships Program has facilitated the transfer of NASA technology to the private sector, and the resulting commercialization has contributed to the development of commercial products and services in the fields of health and medicine, industry, consumer goods, transportation, public safety, computer technology, and environmental resources.
IEC founder, Rick Pettegrew, was formally microgravity combustion science researchers at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. At Glenn, Pettegrew worked in the National Center for Space Exploration Research, an academic research organization located onsite.
“We’re very proud of this distinction,” says Rick Pettegrew, CEO of IEC Infrared Systems. “Our company has grown from a start-up into a staff of more than 30 scientists, engineers, and technicians.”
NightStalkIR and IntrudIR Alert, two of IEC’s major thermal imaging systems come directly from the founders’ time at NASA. These two infrared imaging systems have found widespread use in emergency first-responder, facility security, and military applications.
IEC Infrared Systems (IEC) is a multi-disciplinary engineering, design, and manufacturing company that specializes in thermal infrared and visual imaging systems, non-imaging sensors, and supporting subsystems. Formed in 1999 and formally recognized as a NASA Spinoff company, IEC combines the research capabilities refined at NASA with practical experience gained through years of interaction and development with the U.S. military.
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