Status Report

NASA Technology Transfer Opportunity: Tactile Feedback for Improved Aircraft Flight Control Systems

By SpaceRef Editor
June 13, 2012
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Synopsis – Jun 11, 2012

General Information

Solicitation Number: TTO1008
Posted Date: Jun 11, 2012
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jun 11, 2012
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Dec 31, 2012
Current Response Date: Dec 31, 2012
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 interest 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.


A NASA Headquarters researcher has developed active and adaptive systems and methods to prevent loss-of-control incidents by providing tactile feedback to a vehicle operator. The Loss of Control Inhibitor System (LOCIS) will reduce the accidents and incidents resulting from loss of control, which is the #1 fatal accident category for the worldwide commercial jet fleet. LOCIS will alert the pilot to degradation in the response of the primary flight control surfaces at the pilot’s commands. Further, LOCIS can warn the pilots to reduce or abandon their aggressive flight control inputs because the flight control system is incapable of responding to their inputs, and to continue may result in loss of control resulting from the phenomenon of aircraft-pilot coupling or pilot-induced oscillation. The technology can be readily incorporated into existing technologies and transitioned to the marketplace. NASA is seeking market insights on commercialization of LOCIS and welcomes interest from potential producers, users, and licensees.

To express interest in this opportunity, please respond to Sean Sullivan, Research Triangle International (RTI), at: NASA Langley Research Center, Strategic Relationships Office (SRSO), 17 West Taylor St., Mail Stop 218, Building 1212, Room 110 Hampton, Virginia, E-mail:, or phone: 757-864-5055. Please indicate the date and title of the FBO notice and include your company and contact information.

RTI is responsible for aggregating and acknowledging all responses. These responses are provided to members of NASA Langley’s Innovative Partnerships Office within the SRO for the purpose of promoting public awareness of our 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, SRO will follow the formal licensing process of posting in the Federal Register as required. No follow-on procurement is expected to result from responses to this Notice.

Point of Contact

Name: Sean Sullivan
Title: Technology Transfer Liaison
Phone: 757-864-5055
Fax: 757-864-8101

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