Businesses and individuals interested in using NASA research to develop new technologies and products now have access to an online tool to make the process of licensing easier.
The QuickLaunch licensing tool provides access to a select portfolio of NASA technologies for the purpose of licensing and commercial development. It was developed at NASA’s Ames Research Center, located in California’s Silicon Valley.
The tool features pre-approved terms and conditions, including fixed, up-front and royalty pricing, a streamlined process for electronic agreements and significantly reduced response and approval times. It provides access to existing, patented NASA technologies to provide rapid and cost-effective deployment to industry.
"The QuickLaunch Licensing tool will enhance our efforts to transfer more NASA technologies to American industry and U.S. consumers in a timely manner," said Daniel Lockney, NASA's technology transfer program executive at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. "NASA develops hundreds of technologies each year in support of its aeronautics and space exploration missions. This new tool ensures that the American taxpayer will receive a second benefit from its investment in NASA through the creation of new products, new markets and new jobs."
More than 30 technologies currently are available for license using the QuickLaunch website. The number will increase during the coming year. Technologies range from a plant chlorophyll content meter, which detects plant stress by determining the chlorophyll content of plants, to a propulsion-controlled aircraft computer that provides a low-cost method of implementing this aircraft technology for a wide range of aircraft.
QuickLaunch users can search by NASA center or by technology category, ask questions of NASA licensing managers, and file a licensing application online.
“I’m very pleased and proud that the QuickLaunch tool was created by our technology transfer team, and implemented by the NASA Technology Transfer System’s development and operations team, both based at NASA’s Ames Research Center,” said S. Pete Worden, Ames Center Director. “At Ames, we pride ourselves on being innovation leaders in cutting-edge research and bold new approaches in service to NASA and the nation.”
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Text issued as Ames release 13-80AR