Status Report

NASA Langley Tech Transfer: Power Technology for High-altitude Airships

By SpaceRef Editor
November 4, 2014
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Synopsis – Oct 15, 2014


General Information

    Solicitation Number: TT01091

    Posted Date: Oct 15, 2014

    FedBizOpps Posted Date: Oct 15, 2014

    Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No

    Original Response Date: Sep 29, 2015

    Current Response Date: Sep 29, 2015

    Classification Code: 99 — Miscellaneous

    NAICS Code: 927110

    Set-Aside Code:


Contracting Office Address


NASA/Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 12, Industry Assistance Office, Hampton, VA 23681-0001




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.




Scientists at NASA Langley Research Center have developed a unique concept for providing electrical power to high-altitude airships (HAA). These airships are intended to remain aloft at high altitudes for extended periods of time for various potential scientific, commercial, and defense uses. Powering HAA presents a challenge due to the extended periods between possible refueling and the weight restrictions of these lighter-than-air airships. The advanced thermoelectric materials developed by NASA offer distinct weight and performance advantages over conventional photovoltaic systems, and convert the energy from solar radiation in the form of heat directly into electricity. The NASA approach combines the high-performance thermal energy harvesting capabilities of advanced thermoelectric materials with a novel elliptical airship cross-section to maximize solar gain.


To express interest in this opportunity, please respond to with the title of this Technology Transfer Opportunity as listed in this FBO notice and your preferred contact information. Please also provide the nature of your interest in the technology along with a brief background of your company. For more information about licensing other NASA-developed technologies, please visit the NASA Technology Transfer Portal 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.


Point of Contact


    Name:Jesse C Midgett

    Title:Program Specialist



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