Armstrong Tech Transfer Stories
NASA Sense-and-Avoid System with ADS-B Avionics Licensed by Oklahoma Startup Vigilant Aerospace Systems
NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center has licensed to Vigilant Aerospace Systems a new sense-and-avoid system that may improve safety for aircraft, particularly unmanned aerial vehicles. Designed to meet requirements mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the NASA system is a combination of hardware and software that enhances aircraft command-and-control operations and communications.
Improved Ground Collision Avoidance System
Researchers at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center have dramatically improved upon existing ground collision avoidance technology for aircraft. NASA's improved ground collision avoidance system (iGCAS) offers higher fidelity terrain mapping, enhanced vehicle performance modeling, multidirectional avoidance techniques, more efficient data-handling methods, and user-friendly warning systems.
4DSP Licenses NASA's High-Speed Fiber Optic Sensing System
NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center has licensed its lightweight, compact, ultra-efficient fiber optic sensor system to the Austin, TX-based company, 4DSP. By leveraging NASA's fiber optics and high-speed algorithms, which are capable of interrogating thousands of sensors at the unprecedented refresh rate of 100 samples per second, 4DSP will bring to market a state-of-the-art turnkey fiber optic system.
Starr Soft Support for State-of-the-Art Aircraft Ground Vibration Testing
The Starr Soft Support 1-Hertz is a safe, advanced, adaptable isolation system that eliminates the need for critical lifts and incorporates an automatically reconfigurable aircraft jack into NASA's existing isolators. This enables an aircraft to float in mid-air without the need for a critical lift during ground vibration testing (GVT), significantly reducing testing risk, time, and costs.
NASA's Ikhana Aircraft Helps Fight 1,000+ California Fires
The Ikhana team received the prestigious Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer award. The Federal Laboratory Consortium awarded an Interagency Partnership Award to the Wildfire Research and Applications Partnership (WRAP), a joint effort between NASA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service. WRAP has enabled scientists and engineers to participate in managing forest fires through remote sensing observations on unmanned aerial vehicle missions.