What are astronomy's technological spin-offs?

Many technologies that were developed for use in astronomy have found their way into daily life, like CCD detectors and WiFi. Technology transfer is one of astronomy’s societal benefits.

To study the Universe in as much detail as possible requires revolutionary technology: better optics, more sensitive detectors and antennas, fast signal processing, and novel techniques like interferometry. All these inventions have since worked their way into completely different fields, such as consumer electronics, communications, and medical technology. Obviously, astronomers do not study the Universe to develop CCD cameras, WiFi or MRI scanners, but technology spin-off is one of the beneficial side effects of the science of the Universe.

Did you know? Many smart inventions in our daily world were thought up by astronomers.