NASA seeks industry partner to commercialise, market its UTM concept

NASA’s Technology Transfer Program has  issued a tender to solicit inquiries from companies interested in obtaining license rights to commercialize, manufacture and market the NASA-developed traffic management system for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs).

According to a post on the US government tender portal

“This novel technology enables the growth in civilian applications of UAS operations at lower altitudes by developing a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system. There are a number of applications of UAS which includes goods and services delivery in urban, difficult terrain and rural areas, imaging and surveillance for agricultural, and utility management. To enable significant commercial use of UASs within lower altitude airspace and airspace that does not interfere with regular National Airspace System (NAS) operations, a UTM system is required. UTM is essential to enable accelerated applications of UASs. UTM will accommodate and support all types of UAS operations ranging from disposable with minimalistic avionics capabilities to highly capable UASs.

“To express interest in this opportunity, please submit a license application through NASA’s Automated Technology Licensing Application System (ATLAS) by visiting

“If you have any questions, please e-mail NASA’s Technology Transfer Program at with the title of this Technology Transfer Opportunity as listed in this notice and your preferred contact information. For more information about licensing other NASA-developed technologies, please visit the NASA Technology Transfer Portal at

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