News | Oct 24, 2018

Aerospace technologies developed by Air Force get business booster

An Atlas V rocket carrying the AFSPC-11 mission for the U.S. Air Force lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on April 14.

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DAYTON, Ohio – The Aerospace Systems Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory is now offering its technologies to businesses and entrepreneurs through an express licensing process.

Stefan Susta, Air Force technology transfer specialist, announced Wednesday that 40 technologies from the directorate’s patent portfolio are available with pre-negotiated financial and legal terms and an online license application at

For example, a novel technology that controls the burn rate of solid fuel rockets, and the directorate’s impact-resistant heat shield, are each available to businesses through non-exclusive licenses for $1,000.

“This method of licensing saves the government time and enables industry partners to quickly access some of our most valuable IP on pre-negotiated terms,” Susta said. “It streamlines the process while providing transparency and efficiency.”

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Traditional license agreements from federal laboratories can take up to six months to complete. But in March, using TechLink’s express licensing platform, a Navy laboratory transferred a technology to an entrepreneur in just 13 working days.

TechLink, the Department of Defense’s national partnership intermediary for technology transfer, began working with the Air Force in 2014 on the first express license, which allowed innovative businesses to access the Android Team Awareness Kit, also known as ATAK, from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate. By simplifying the licensing process, ATAK quickly became the most popular mobile app among warfighters for mapping, communication, and organizing other mission tasks on mobile devices.

Joan Wu-Singel, senior technology manager at TechLink, has helped Air Force labs license their technologies to businesses for many years. She said that adding technologies to the express licensing platform would help market the technologies to more businesses and support growth of the nation’s defense innovation base.

“It’s a modern process powered by an online application that allows the Department of Defense to move at the speed of business,” Wu-Singel said. “And the timing is great because private space missions and commercial satellites are taking off–these technologies will fan the flames.”

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