The FAA's Technology Transfer Program Office coordinates Technology Transfer partnerships between the FAA and private businesses/academic institutions. ANG-E73 at the William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) is the Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) for the FAA's federal laboratories.
The United States government invests billions of dollars annually in its laboratories for Research & Development (R&D). This investment created "Federal Laboratories" that produce advanced technologies which can serve not only government interests, but also the interests of business and academic communities. Fostering cooperation among Federal, State, local governments, academia, and industry ensures the United States remains a world leader in developing innovative and leading edge technologies. Over the past several decades, Presidents and Congress have worked together to establish a policy framework that enables the government to transfer its technology to the nonfederal sector (industry, state and local
governments, and academic institutions). Through technology transfer,
Federal Laboratories share the benefits of the governement's R&D investment with all segments of society.
The Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 is the first of a continuing series of laws to define and promote Technology Transfer. The law accomplishes the following:
The Adiabatic Expansion Nozzle produces a continuous gas/solid or gas/aerosol stream from a liquid having a high room temperature vapor pressure. It is currently patented under US Patent 6,116,049. A cutaway piece of the product prototype is available for viewing at the WJHTC. A video of the nozzle in action can be found here.
Localizer Cable Fault Analyzer - The FAA has designed a navigational aid capable of quickly pinpointing an intermittent antenna fault in Instrumental Landing System equipment. The device can be connected to equipment, allowing technicians to quickly identify and then repair the malfunctioning antenna, which can significantly reduce the amount of time a runway is out of service. This device has been deployed at over 40 FAA sites. It is currently patented under US Patent 7,592,816.
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