NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Pasadena, CA, have signed a memorandum of understanding to commercialize JPL technologies.

Under terms of the agreement, JPL will work with Jacobs to review and discuss available JPL technologies that are of specific interest to Jacobs, including:

Infrared imaging for land cover classification in agriculture and pollutant detection;

Advanced mapping for new facility siting, land use planning and resource management;

Ground-penetrating radar for detecting such buried objects as pipelines and ordnance;

Radar remote sensing for detection and measurement of ground movement over a wide area;

Regenerative fuel cell systems for high-efficiency, environmentally friendly energy generation and storage;

Miniature sensors and instrumentation for in-situ analytical chemistry;

"Electronic noses" for rapidly detecting and monitoring complex gas mixtures; and

Precision robotics for a multitude of engineering and industrial applications.

"This represents an innovative step in JPL's continuing efforts to bring the best of its cutting edge technologies to the attention and benefit of American business," said JPL Director Dr. Edward C. Stone.

"We are pleased to forge this new relationship as yet another cornerstone of JPL's commitment to technology transfer," added Dr. David Tralli, manager of JPL's Targeted Commercialization Office.

Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is one of the largest global engineering and construction firms, specializing in the full spectrum of project delivery services, including engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance.

JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology. More information about its technology transfer programs is available at the JPL Commercial Technology Program's web site at http://techtrans.jpl.nasa.gov/tu.html .


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