Researchers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) have patented a network system architecture that includes intelligent universal controllers (IUCs) capable of plug-and-play operation in several systems or subsystems. The innovation can configure and reconfigure system-level, interoperable spare components comprised of one or more electronic controllers such that a single architectural design can perform multiple tasks. The configuration is automatic—when a component is attached to the system or network, the addition is automatically identified, and the specific task instructions are downloaded to the component via the network. The ability to reconfigure identical control units to perform different functions lowers costs and increases reliability by reducing the variety and number of spare parts required to be available and facilitating restoration of full control functionality in the event of failure of one of the units. JSC has received patent number 7,577,482 for this technology.
Johnson Space Center has received patent protection (U.S. 7,577,482→) for this technology.
This technology is being made available through JSC’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office, which seeks to transfer technology into and out of NASA to benefit the space program and U.S. industry. NASA invites companies to consider licensing this technology for commercial applications.
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