Status Report

NASA Technology Transfer Opportunity: Thin High Contrast Targets for Ultralightweight Structures

By SpaceRef Editor
May 1, 2012
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Synopsis – Apr 30, 2012

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: TTO0993
Posted Date: Apr 30, 2012
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Apr 30, 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.


NASA Langley has a new method for generating very low mass visual targets that enable three-dimensional metrology and photogrammetry measurements (surface position, shape, profile, etc.) for very thin and lightweight structures. The targets use fluorescent dyes incorporated into or applied onto the thin polymer materials used in lightweight structures. The thin film targets can also be cut out and attached to a surface. Arranged in a pattern, the invisible targets can be illuminated, using the sun or inexpensive light source, to make them visible without reflections or distortions. The approach enables lightweight, high-contrast, distortion-free targets that are less complex and intrusive than traditional target solutions. The technology is ideal for space-based, underwater, and industrial metrology applications where nonintrusive, easily integrated metrology indicators are required.

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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