NASA seeks companies to commercialize its Safeguard no-fly zone technology

According to the Federal Business Opportunities website (   NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA solicits inquiries from companies interested in obtaining license rights to commercialize, manufacture and market the following technology. License rights may be issued on an exclusive or nonexclusive basis and may include specific fields of use. NASA provides no funding in conjunction with these potential licenses.

According to the request for participation:

“Scientists at NASA Langley Research Center have developed a breakthrough technology called Safeguard that can alleviate hazards with unmanned aircraft (UA) flying beyond their authorized perimeters and into no-fly zones. Safeguard works by continuously detecting a UA’s proximity to virtual perimeters established around no-fly-zones (i.e., stay-out or stay-in regions and altitude limits), and taking action to guarantee the perimeters are not breached. The key to the design is streamlined functionality that has been formally verified to guarantee detection of possible perimeter violations. Safeguard is applicable to both rotary- and fixed-wing systems and substantially outperforms embedded geo-fences in terms of reliably and dependably stopping excursions into no-fly zones. Safeguard has the potential to provide a means to comply with pending regulatory directives for geo-limitation for a burgeoning UAS industry. Safeguard is an independent avionics system that can be easily ported to virtually any UA. The current prototype weighs approximately 1 lb. (without hardware optimization). The invention innovations include formally verified algorithms to monitor and predict impending boundary violations through flight termination trajectory estimation, and a system architecture that facilitates performance certification. The system can be configured without sole reliance on the global positioning system to avoid known problems with GPS inaccuracies and unavailability. It is independent of the UA and any on-board components, such as the autopilot, for physical and logical separation from nonaviation-grade systems. The perimeter boundaries are described using polygons, which can approximate almost any shape, and there are practically no limits to the number of shapes and boundaries. The algorithms for establishing the validity of a boundary and for detecting proximity to all defined boundaries are based on rigorous mathematical models that have been formally verified in compliance with aerospace standards for safety critical systems. NASA is seeking to license this technology commercially in the United States. US Patent Pending.”

“To express interest in this opportunity, please respond to with the title of this Technology Transfer Opportunity as listed in the FBO notice and your preferred contact information. Please also provide how you foresee using the technology along with a brief background of your company. Additionally, please identify any non-US interests/subsidiaries in your company as well. For more information about licensing other NASA Langley-developed technologies, please visit the NASA Langley’s Technology Gateway at”

“These responses are provided to members of NASA Langley’s Office of Strategic Analysis and Business Development “OSACB” for the purpose of promoting public awareness of NASA-developed technology products, and conducting preliminary market research to determine public interest in and potential for future licensing opportunities. If direct licensing interest results from this posting, OSACB will follow the required formal licensing process of posting in the Federal Register. No follow-on procurement is expected to result from responses to this Notice.”

“Contracting Office Address:

NASA/Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 144
Industry Assistance Office
Hampton, Virginia 23681-0001

Place of Performance:

NASA/Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 144
Industry Assistance Office
Hampton, Virginia 23681-0001
United States

Primary Point of Contact.:

Jesse C Midgett,

Program Specialist

Phone: 7578643936

Fax: 7578648314″

Solicitation number: TT01267

Deadline: April 24, 2019

Issuing authority: NASA

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