Using NASA research to develop new technologies just got a little easier for businesses and individuals.
The space agency announced Nov. 25 its new online QuickLaunch tool to streamline research licensing.
“The QuickLaunch Licensing tool will enhance our efforts to transfer more NASA technologies to American industry and U.S. consumers in a timely manner … 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,” said Daniel Lockney, NASA’s technology transfer program executive.
The website has pre-approved terms and conditions, royalty pricing and a streamlined process for electronic agreements. The tool will significantly reduce response and approval times, according to NASA.
NASA has a total of 8,392 patents. Almost 1,800 patents have been created from NASA innovations. NASA also has 835 technologies available for licensing.
The QuickLaunch website currently has 38 technologies available to license. More will be available in 2014.
Some technologies users are able to license include a child-presence sensor, a wireless system that alerts a caregiver if an object or person has been left unattended, and a sensor that converts visual signals to audibly perceptible signals and provides the ability to sense beyond the human visible light range.