The Technology Transfer Office at NASA Langley Research Center had another successful fiscal year in 2014 (FY14). While Langley’s researchers and scientists continued to produce exciting new technologies, our team has worked hard to find new licensees that will bring those technologies back down to earth. Here’s a look back at some of our accomplishments and activities from the past year.
|FY14 BY THE NUMBERS|
|New Technologies Reported||133|
|Provisional Patent Applications Filed||27|
|Non-Provisional Patent Applications Filed||40|
Michigan Aerospace Corporation
LIDAR for Wind Energy Applications
Obtaining accurate airborne wind measurements is important for weather prediction, renewable energy, and aviation. The Langley developed Airborne Wind Profiling Algorithm for Doppler Wind Lidar (APOLO) produces highly accurate, real-time measurement of wind parameters by airborne wind lidar sensors. APOLO has been incorporated into the Doppler Wind Lidar Data Processing Software (DAPS-LV), which displays the accurate data. These technologies are used as the main algorithm and software for the Doppler Aerosol Wind Lidar (DAWN) system at Langley Research Center in its flight campaigns.
NASA Langley granted a non-exclusive Research License agreement for the APOLO and DAPS-LV technologies to Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC) of Highland Drive, Michigan. MAC is evaluating the technologies for use in airborne and ground-based LIDAR systems for atmospheric measurements, including wind speed, direction, temperature, and density. The Research License allows MAC to “try before they buy.” If successful, a commercial license will be negotiated.
Caplan Taylor Enterprises
Wireless Fluid Level Sensors for Auto, Train and Storage Tanks
SansEC is an open-circuit, wireless sensor that is damage tolerant and requires no electrical connections. NASA scientists originally developed SansEC as a method of having thermal insulation serve as a damage detection system for inflatable space structures, but they discovered the technology had additional unique qualities. The sensor is useful for a variety of measurements including temperature, wear, strain, rotation, proximity, container levels, angular velocity, displacement, tamper, chemical change, pressure and more. A remote antenna “interrogates” the sensor and collects the measurements. NASA Langley granted a Partially-Exclusive Research License agreement for seven technologies within the SansEC portfolio that relate to systems used for measuring levels of fluid substances in a tank.
Building on previous successes using the same technologies with other applications in the marine industry, Caplan Taylor Enterprises (CTE) of Hampton, Virginia applied for the license in order to practice the inventions in the field of fluid level measurements in automotive and train applications. CTE has successfully designed, built, marketed and sold sensors for the marine industry under a separate license. The new license allows CTE to expand into the auto industry. Sensors will be used to conduct fluid level measurement including cars, trucks, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, and trains.
NASA Langley also reached a license agreement for SansEC to Par-Tech, Inc. of Lake Orion Michigan. The Non-Exclusive Research License agreement is for eleven technologies within the SansEC portfolio that relate to detection of pressure, temperature, wear, and damage to tires. Par-Tech is evaluating the technologies to practice the inventions in the field of detection of pressure, temperature, wear, and damage to tires. With the Research License, Par-Tech will evaluate the technology for a low cost and have the opportunity to work with the NASA inventors of the technology.
Remcal Products Corp.
SansEC for Non-Destructive Testing
NASA Langley also researcher a license agreement for SansEC to Remcal Products Corporation of Warrington, Pennsylvania. The agreement reached was for a non-exclusive research license for six technologies within the SansEC portfolio that relate to testing parts for internal flaws in objects that are not apparent with visual inspection. Remcal plans to evaluate the technologies for use in the nondestructive evaluation of manufactured products (including molded plastic parts, rubber parts, extruded parts, and machined parts).
COSM Advanced Manufacturing Systems, LLC
EBF3 for Aerospace Industries
NASA Langley is the originator and world leader in Electron Beam Free Form Fabrication (EBF3) technology development. EBF3 is an additive manufacturing process designed to build complex, near-net-shape parts that require substantially less raw material and finish machining than traditional manufacturing methods. The layer-additive process uses an electron beam and a solid wire feedstock to fabricate metallic structures. EBF3 can also be used in zero gravity environments. NASA and its partners are reviewing EBF3 for applications on the Orion Space Capsule.
NASA Langley granted a non-exclusive Research License agreement to COSM Advanced Manufacturing Systems, LLC of Peabody, Massachusetts for the EBF3 technologies. COSM is evaluating the EBF3 technologies to be a part of a spare part capacity manufacturing system that could be used both on Earth and in space.
Launching Innovative Partnerships
Teaming with the College of William and Mary
As part of its goal to accelerate technology transfer, the NASA Langley Technology Transfer Office entered into an agreement with the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia to have graduate students in the college’s Mason School of Business evaluate Langley’s patented technologies.
Edison Nation Challenge Pushes Langley into the Forefront
Langley partnered with Edison Nation, an open online innovation service, to help showcase the commercial potential of NASA’s Mindshift technology. Edison Nation put out a challenge to its users to come up consumer product applications for the technology.
Workshops and Webinars
Throughout FY14 our team has helped organize multiple webinars and workshops so that potential partners could take a closer look at some of NASA Langley’s most promising technologies and have the opportunity to interact with the Langley researchers and engineers behind them. All of the recordings of the events are available on demand!
Webinar: Floating Ultrasonic Transducer for Non-destructive Evaluation – Presented by Joseph Zalameda
Webinar: Compact Active Vibration Control System – Presented by Ran Cabell and Noah Schiller
Webinar: Advances in Metal Additive Manufacturing–the Development and Applications of Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication (EBF3) – Presented By Karen Taminger
Webinar: SansEC: Electrical Sensors with No Electrical Connections – Presented by Kenneth Dudley
Workshop: SansEC Sensors Part 1 – Presented by Kenneth Dudley
Workshop: SansEC Sensors Part 2 – Presented by George Szatkowski