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Fuentek Announces NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center Licenses Technology To 4DSP

Technology Developed For Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Enables Turnkey Fiber Optic System To Benefit Many Industries, Medicine

(September 21, 2011)

APEX, N.C. – Laura A. Schoppe, president of Fuentek, LLC, a technology consulting firm that provides intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer services, has announced that its client, NASA, has licensed a technology to 4DSP. Fuentek played a role in the transfer of Dryden’s IP to the commercial sector by providing research, strategic guidance, and marketing support.

Developed at Dryden Flight Research Center (link opens new browser window) at Edwards Air Force Base in California, the licensed technology is a lightweight, compact, ultra-efficient fiber optic system that can process data from thousands of sensors at an unprecedented rate of 100 times per second, enabling real-time monitoring in harsh environments. The technology’s fiber optics and high-speed algorithms yield a dramatically lower price per sensor for real-time monitoring applications.

Austin, Texas-based 4DSP plans to commercialize multiple products derived from Dryden’s fiber optic sensing system. As part of this effort, the company is developing an even more compact product at a lighter weight and lower cost. Dryden’s technology can be applied to many industries that would benefit from real-time strain monitoring, including civil engineering, transportation, oil and gas, renewable energy and medicine.

Fuentek supports Dryden and other offices in NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Program under a contract established in 2007.

“This licensing agreement is a key achievement,” said Schoppe. “I am proud of how our team contributed to bringing this licensing agreement to fruition.”

“It is great to see Dryden’s powerful innovations move into the commercial arena so that they can be used more broadly,” said Danielle McCulloch, a senior consultant with Fuentek. “Most people are surprised to learn about the many different industries that can use and benefit from aeronautics-related technologies.”

“The licensing of this NASA invention to 4DSP represents a major breakthrough and opens the door to widespread application of this remarkable sensing technology,” said Lance Richards, an aerospace research manager at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and co-inventor of the licensed technology.

› Find out more about NASA Dryden's fiber optic technology on the Dryden Web Site
› Find out more about this fiber optic technology on the Fuentek Web Site
› View this video of the sensor in action (link opens new browser window)
› Read more about this licensing success on the Dryden Web site
› Read more about how Fuentek assisted with this licensing success
› Read about Fuentek's redesign of NASA Dryden's tech transfer Web site
› Read about Fuentek's other accomplishments for NASA

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