Status Report

NASA Technology Transfer Opportunity: Variable Visibility Glasses for Flight Training

By SpaceRef Editor
May 8, 2012
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Synopsis – May 07, 2012

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: TTO0997
Posted Date: May 07, 2012
FedBizOpps Posted Date: May 07, 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 researchers have developed active glasses to be worn by a pilot during instrument flight training and certification. Using a novel series of sensors to determine head position, the glasses restrict the view out of the aircraft windscreen but allow the pilot to clearly see the entire instrument panel. Previous methods for restricting a pilot’s view during instrument flight training and certification have used a hood draped across the aircraft windscreen or a face mask or blackened glasses worn by the pilot. All current methods create potentially hazardous disorientation and an unnatural environment for the trainee. In particular, the face mask and blackened glasses restrict the pilot’s peripheral vision and require uncomfortable and unnatural head positions in order to see the entire instrument panel. The NASA innovation eliminates the hazards of the current methods and provides a safer and more comfortable means for restricting viewing to improve the flight training experience.

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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