The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is auctioning off some of its patents as part of a pilot program.
The program is designed to make “space-age” technology available to the public.
There are 12 patents up for sale, split into three lots. One of the lots includes a patent for, “Swarm Autonomic Agents with Self-Destruct Capability”.
NASA isn’t selling the patents outright, but rather offering exclusive licensing agreements to the successful bidders.
At a previous auction, a company called DynaDX bought 10 NASA patents for analysing signals. Today they use the patents in technology that measures brain pressure to help diagnose whether someone has had a stroke.
According to Daniel Lockney, a Technology Transfer Program Executive at NASA, “We’re not making a lot off of this. It’s one of the agency’s goals to transfer as much of this technology to the public as possible.”
NASA has filed over 6,000 patents in total, and while the vast majority have expired, the company still has around 1,250 that it can license out.
Read the full story at: Ars Technica.