TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER OPPORTUNITY: Novel turboelectric commercial aircraft Design with significantly reduced in fuel burn and emissions: LAR-18858-1

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
State: Virginia
Type of Government: Federal
FSC Category:
  • 99 - Miscellaneous
NAICS Category:
  • 927110 - Space Research and Technology
Posted Date: Mar 28, 2018
Due Date: Mar 29, 2019
Solicitation No: TT01263
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Opportunity History
  • Original Synopsis
    Mar 28, 2018
    1:52 pm
Solicitation Number :
Notice Type :
Special Notice
Synopsis :
Added: Mar 28, 2018 1:52 pm

NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA solicits inquiries 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 provides no funding in conjunction with these potential licenses.


Scientists at NASA Langley Research Center have developed a novel aircraft design that can carry 150 passengers over a range of 3,500 nautical miles. Key features include a turboelectric propulsion system, twin underwing turbofans, and a rear fuselage electrically driven boundary layer ingesting fan. The design is developed for single-aisle class aircraft (the largest commercial transport class in the world) to significantly reduce fuel burn compared to current aircraft. Benefits compared to traditional designs include more efficient fuel usage, lower emissions, and reduced weight penalty from additional components. The novel propulsion architecture uses hydrocarbon fuels to power two underwing turbofans that also contain generators. The underwing turbofans burn traditional jet fuel and provide thrust throughout the mission. The generators on the turbofans extract power from the fan shaft and send the power to a rear fuselage electric motor operating at a constant 3,500 hp. The motor then turns an annular fan that operates at a fan pressure ratio of 1.25. The rear fuselage propulsor is extremely efficient, allowing the turbofans to be decreased in size. This can reduce weight penalties associated with the additional electrical components and rear fan. NASA is seeking to license this technology commercially in the United States. US Patent pending.

To express interest in this opportunity, please respond to with the title of this Technology Transfer Opportunity as listed in this FBO notice and your preferred contact information. Please also provide how you foresee using the technology along with a brief background of your company. Additionally, please identify any non-US interests/subsidiaries in your company as well. For more information about licensing other NASA Langley-developed technologies, please visit the NASA Langley's Technology Gateway at

These responses are provided to members of NASA Langley's Office of Strategic Analysis and Business Development "OSACB" for the purpose of promoting public awareness of NASA-developed 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, OSACB will follow the required formal licensing process of posting in the Federal Register. No follow-on procurement is expected to result from responses to this Notice.

Contracting Office Address :
NASA/Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 144
Industry Assistance Office
Hampton, Virginia 23681-0001
Place of Performance :
NASA/Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 144
Industry Assistance Office
Hampton, Virginia 23681-0001
United States
Primary Point of Contact. :
Jesse C Midgett,
Program Specialist
Phone: 7578643936
Fax: 7578648314
General Information
Notice Type:
Special Notice
Posted Date:
March 28, 2018
Response Date:
Mar 29, 2019 11:59 pm Eastern
Archiving Policy:
Automatic, 15 days after response date
Archive Date:
April 13, 2019
Original Set Aside:
Set Aside:
Classification Code:
99 -- Miscellaneous
927 -- Space Research and Technology/927110 -- Space Research and Technology

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