Success Stories


UAV/Drone Tracking Innovation
Mobile Antenna Platform Systems, Inc., Licenses NASA’s UAV/Drone Tracking Innovation
NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center has licensed to Mobile Antenna Platform Systems, Inc. (MAPS), its low-cost, low-power platform for mounting multiple antennas to automatically track unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). MAPS is a startup company that was launched by Academic Technology Ventures specifically to commercialize this innovative solution to an unmet need in the small UAV market.
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Sense-and-Avoid System with ADS-B Avionics Licensed by Oklahoma Startup
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
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FOSS
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.
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Ikhana Aircraft
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.
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Vehicle Fuel Economy
NASA's Research to Improve Vehicle Fuel Economy Receives Space Foundation Award
Originally developed as the Ring Buffered Network Bus (RBNB) software, the open source tool now known as DataTurbine today can be can freely used by anyone as a real-time streaming data engine. The software allows users to stream live data from sensors, labs, cameras, and even cell phones. The tool is as portable as the devices that carry it, and it can easily scale to match the volume of data generated by a project as it grows.
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