NASA performs aviation research to improve the operation of UAVs in civilian and military airspace. This sensor will provide improved autonomy in both areas. It also will be extended to support ground rovers and air vehicles used in advanced planetary exploration in the future.
To commercialize this technology in the private sector, we will follow a strategy that has proven successful for us in the past. We will start by identifying those parties who have a vested interest in this technology (for instance the Defense Department UAV users community. After identifying interested parties, we will arrange partnerships with one or more of these vendors whereby we will receive royalties on the sale of products incorporating our technology. The licensing arrangements will be strengthened by our existing patents and existing technology. We will also partner with organizations to make a consumer UAV version of the technology for direct sale as commercial uses of FAA compliant UAVs become more common.