Technology to Help People See Big Picture Better
unique image-compression technology developed for collection,
transmission and distribution of space imagery to scientists at
remote locations now can be used to enhance the quality of printing
for Internet, Web-TV and medical imaging.
Six D, a
digital media development firm known for its support of Fortune
2000 companies marketing efforts, has recently licensed
this NASA-developed technology known as DCTune. DCTune is software
that adjusts the compression of a still image so it has optimal
quality and minimum file size with no perceptible loss of image
quality. This technology builds on JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts
Group), the current international standard for still image compression,
calculating the matrix that will produce minimum file size with
a visually perfect image.
First Contact: Communicating in the 21st Century
Contact: Communicating in the 21st Century is the title of a daylong
workshop being held on the campus of Arizona State University
West in Glendale, Arizona on March 28. The event, sponsored by
the NASA Far West RTTC, Arizona Technology Incubator, Pinnacle
Management Group and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce,
will showcase several technologies that are available from NASA
for commercial use by the private sector.
Days at Santa Barbara International Film Festival
March 2 the Far West RTTC presented “NASA, Bringing
Digital Technology Back To Earth” at the 17th Santa
Barbara International Film Festival held in Santa Barbara, California.
As with previous
presentations at film festivals, the Far West RTTC used this opportunity
to highlight several advanced NASA technologies and their applications
for low cost production and post production.
Comedy Skit Debuts in Hawaii
You Wanna Get an SBIR?" That is the title of a comedic skit
written by the Far West RTTC to provide an entertaining introduction
to key elements of the SBIR program. The skit opened last month
for a brief one-day run at the ITEC conference held in Honolulu,
sponsors Workshops at 21st Annual Hawaii International Film Festival
The Far West
RTTC was a sponsor and participant in the Hawaii International
Film Festival held recently in Honolulu, Hawaii. FWRTTC participated
in two workshops devoted to "Frontiers of Digital Media Technology".
These two NASA outreach workshops were conducted to promote transfer
of advanced film and video imaging technology to commercial uses
by independent film producers, business professionals and entrepreneurs
in Hawaii. The Hawaii Technology Trade Association served as the
local logistical planner and co-sponsor for the workshops.
of High Definition Digital Video & Filmmaking
Three pioneers in NASA
imaging technology development, HD digital film production, and
Polynesian voyaging will be conducting this unique workshop designed
for independent video, film and webcasting producers, students
& entrepreneurs. Learn about how new types of digital image processing
and film shooting techniques can promote cultural awareness and
while also providing new business opportunities.
Far West RTTC Affiliate Promotes NASA SBIR in Arizona
For the past two years the Far West RTTC has funded affiliate
organizations in its Far West region states to promote commercialization
of NASA technology, particularly with respect to the Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The Far West RTTC is highlighting
its Arizona affiliate, Arizona Technology Incubator (ATI) for
their work in promoting NASA's SBIR program to small Arizona businesses.
Ames Research Center Promotes "Hot Technologies" for
The Commercial Technology Office of NASA's Ames Research Center
has identified a group of 14 "Hot Technologies" that it considers
to be among the most promising of all its technologies for commercial
application. Some of these technologies are patent protected and
others are in the patent application process.NASA
Ames is seeking licensees who will commercialize these technologies.
We present for you here a link to documentation for each of the
patented Ames "Hot Technologies." Have a look for yourself. If
you see a commercial business opportunity for your company in
any of these technologies, please contact the NASA Far West RTTC.
We will help you get started on the license application process.
Ice Detector &
Deicing Fluid Effectiveness Monitoring System
Image Quality Assurance
Video Quality Patent Number: 5,629,780
Patent Number: USPN 5,426,512
Measurement and Technique
Patent Number: 5,394,752
Waterproofing Treatment for Porous Ceramics
Devices Using Light Bullets
Advisor (SMA) and TRAJECT
Three Degree of
Freedom Parallel Mechanical Linkage
NASA Technology Improves Aviation Safety
Looking for a new product that will revolutionize flight safety
and at the same time reach a large, untapped and lucrative market?
NASA is seeking licensees
to develop and bring to market its new Airfield Wind Advisory
System (AWAS) that provides automated, real-time sensing, transmission
and display to pilots of wind and other relevant weather data
at airports and airfields. AWAS is made up of a ground station
for each airfield and a small, portable receiver and display device,
much like a beeper or small, handheld computer, carried by the
opens for NASA's SBIR PROGRAM
The NASA SBIR solicitation for 2001 was released on March 28,
2001 marks the first year that NASA has combined their SBIR and
STTR solicitations into a single document with common release
and closing dates. NASA's SBIR budget for 2001 is slightly over
$94 million. Although NASA expects to make approximately 300 phase
I SBIR awards in 2001, the bulk of the SBIR budget goes to fund
the 100 or so phase II awards that come out of successful phase
I efforts. Deadline for submission of phase I proposals to NASA
this year is June 6, 2001. You can retrieve NASA's combined 2001
SBIR/STTR solicitation from NASA's SBIR website at http://sbir.nasa.gov.
Announces New Discovery Program Awards
NASA announced in early January 2001 the selection of proposals
to receive funding under the Agency’s Discovery 2000 program.
The Far West RTTC was a participant in the development of the
Interior Structure and Internal Dynamical Evolution of Jupiter
(INSIDE Jupiter) proposal, one of three selected by NASA for further
study. INSIDE Jupiter is a project proposed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion
NASA Technology available for License -- Simple Mechanical Device
for measuring strain in Coatings
U.S. patent 5,199,305 from NASA's Ames Research Center provides
a simple mechanical means for quantifying strain in coated surfaces
under realistic thermal and mechanical loading conditions. The
method and apparatus described in this patent were originally
developed by Ames to measure strain in infrared optical coatings.
and Dreamtime form Public-Private Partnership
In the spirit of lasting exploration and discovery, Dreamtime
has been created. A groundbreaking public-private partnership,
Dreamtime is the channel through which NASA will unleash the archives
of over 80 years of historic photos, amazing audio and video,
and incredible documents of space and flight history. This national
treasure will be shared with the American public--and the world--in
a way that has never existed before.
Learn more about this partnership at Dreamtime's website. http://www.dreamtime.com
and NASA Far West RTTC Collaborate on New Discovery Mission
announced the selection of a new Discovery Program mission to
explore the interior of a comet. The $240 million mission will be
managed by Jet Propulsion Laboratory. USC's School of Engineering
Technology Transfer Center, through its NASA Far West RTTC program,
will serve as JPL's commercialization partner for Deep Impact, the
agent through which mission technologies with commercial potential
are identified, assessed and ultimately transferred to the
SBIR Season is Open
24, 1999 to July 14, 1999 is the open solicitation period for NASA's
1999 SBIR phase I funding program. Small businesses interested in
making a phase I SBIR proposal to NASA should visit the NASA SBIR
web site at http://sbir.nasa.gov/to get a copy
of the 1999 solicitation.
and Working on Mars
Creative design concepts of USC students meet the challenge of
the harsh Mars environment.
The temperature ranges from a balmy 80 to minus 200 degrees
Fahrenheit. The atmosphere is mostly carbon dioxide and too thin to
breathe. So thin, in fact, that it barely slows down the barrages of
Testing New Aircraft Safety Flight Control Software
Experiment Lays Groundwork for 'Living Off The Land' on Mars
NASA is doing something to
help pilots who find themselves in potentially disastrous situations
flying severely damaged or malfunctioning aircraft; it is developing
new "smart" software that will enable pilots to control and safely
land disabled aircraft.
NASA engineers have
succeeded in a realm often left to alchemists and magicians --
creating something valuable "out of thin air." In this case, the
thin air was a simulated Martian atmosphere, and the valuable
commodity was oxygen.
Muscles to be Used on Robotic Space Explorers
Artificial muscles that
should give space robots animal-like flexibility and manipulation
ability will get their first test on a small NASA rover destined to
explore an asteroid.
Rover, Spacesuited Geologist Work Together in Test of Future
Software "Learns" Precise Docking
testing a remotely operated planetary rover and an advanced
prototype spacesuit in southern California this week to see how
robots and humans might someday work best together to explore other
Docking one spacecraft
with another will be much easier, thanks to smart computer software
being developed at NASA's Ames Research Center. The neural net
software will "learn" the motion behavior of a spacecraft as it
flies, so it will not undershoot or overshoot docking targets.
Technology Benefits New Satellite Phone System
developed for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope will soon help operate a
worldwide, satellite-based phone system called Globalstar. This
software is a key feature of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's
"Vision 2000," a forward-looking effort to optimize the ground
system operations and control of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Team Builds World's First Working Parallel Supercomputer of its Kind
The world's first working
256 processor supercomputer is now being tested at NASA Ames
Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, after the machine was built and
programmed by a NASA-Silicon Graphics, Inc. team. The computer is
256 microprocessors linked to make one huge supercomputer.
Developing Computerized Breast Cancer Diagnostic Tool
team is in the preliminary stages of developing a smart probe that
can be used for breast cancer detection and analysis.
Scalpel" Helps Doctors Practice Operations
A "software scalpel,"
combined with clear, accurate, three-dimensional (3-D) images of the
human head, is helping doctors practice reconstructive surgery and
visualize the outcome more accurately.
SBIR Phase I Projects
NASA has selected 345
research proposals for negotiation of Phase I contract awards for
NASA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The
combined award total is expected to be approximately $24 million.
Uni-Piece Fibrous Insulation
Ames Research Center is
offering licensing options to manufacture and distribute, as welll
as seeking industry partnerships to further develop, a low-density
rigid ceramic composite called Toughened Uni-Piece Fibrous
Insulation with(TUFI) multiple applications.
Air Traffic Control Software to Yeild Huge Savings
Almost a billion dollars
could be saved annually when award-winning air traffic control
software developed by NASA (officially called "Center TRACON
Automation System Software," or CTAS) is in use nationwide at major
airports and enroute centers. The Federal Aviation Administration
has chosen the software for implementation at major airports and
estimated its use could save as much as $800 million per year.
Selects 25 Innovative Small Business Projects
NASA has selected 25
research proposals for negotiation of Phase I contract awards for
NASA's 1998 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program.
Agreements Awarded for Three New NASA Business Incubators
NASA announced the award
of cooperative agreements to three entities, each of which will
establish a high- technology business incubator at one of three NASA
Centers: the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD; the Langley
Research Center, Hampton, VA; and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(JPL), Pasadena, CA, combined with the Dryden Flight Research
Center, Edwards, CA.
Tool May Revolutionize Airplane Testing and Design
A NASA Computer Network
Tool being tested at Ames Research Center could revolutionize the
design, testing and construction of airplanes. The device could
shorten the process by 25 percent and eliminate retesting by
providing more accurate and readily acce ssible information.