Innovators at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center have patented a precise, lightweight device that can be used on aircraft for real-time, in-flight cable tension measurements. The precise measurements and instant feedback provided by this cable tensiometer enable the aircraft to make very sensitive adjustments safely and effectively. Most commercially available tensiometers cannot accommodate fixed-end cable systems found aboard aircraft, and those that can are either too heavy or their measurements are too imprecise to provide optimal performance. This new technology offers a lightweight, precise, repeatable device well-suited for use on commercial or non-commercial aircraft.
Dryden has one patent issued (U.S. Patent No: 7,424,832→ ) for this technology.
This technology is part of NASA’s technology transfer program. The program seeks to stimulate development of commercial uses of NASA-developed technologies. NASA is flexible in its agreements, and opportunities exist for licensing and joint development. Dryden is interested in a partnership to commercialize this technology.
If you would like more information about this technology or about NASA’s technology transfer program, please contact:Julie Holland