Office of Technology Transfer News

JPL Developed VITAL Ventilator for COVID-19 Treatment

After receiving about 100 proposals in response to a world-wide announcement, Caltech selected 30 licensees, consisting of nine U.S. manufacturers and 29 international manufacturers to make a new ventilator device designed to help treat COVID-19 patients. The JPL developed ventilator device is called VITAL, which stands for “Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally”. It is designed for supportive treatment of COVID-19, and it uses many fewer parts to build, compared to a traditional ventilator.

The ventilator was developed quickly, and this technology was also transferred quickly from JPL to manufacturers. The technology transfer process included registration, information briefing, licensing, and technical support.

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MONTE Design and Project Editions

The Mission analysis Operations and Navigation Toolkit Environment (MONTE). It is JPL’s signature astrodynamics computing platform, supporting all phases of space mission development from early-stage mission design and analysis through flight navigation services.

The product can be used for mission design and analysis and spacecraft maneuver optimization. It can also design optimal trajectories and maneuvers, as well as provide tools for analysis, all in one application. Data and trajectories can be visualized with 2- and 3-dimensional plotting packages, that are included.

MONTE has roots reaching back to the 1960s at JPL, when it was called the Orbit Determination Program.

Currently MONTE has both Design and Project Editions, and these are both available for licensing for commercial, research, and educational uses.

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The GipsyX System

GipsyX is software recently developed at JPL, that replaces GIPSY-OASIS (Global Navigation and Satellite Systems Inferred Positioning System and Orbit Analysis Simulation Software). It can be used for real-time precision GPS Navigation.

GipsyX System GIPSY / OASIS is a popular GPS software package, developed by JPL. It has been used extensively by researchers for various geodetic studies that require precise positioning knowledge. It has also been licensed commercially to support GPS augmentation applications. GipsyX, the new real-time version of the GIPSY / OASIS system, includes a superset of features and features an advanced new architecture.

The GIPSY / OASIS system is available for licensing to academia and industry.

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JPL Welcomes Open Source Software Development Paradigm

Opensource ParadigmThe Open Source paradigm for developing and disseminating software continues to be a growing trend in industry and increasingly, in government. JPL is continuing to develop a clearly articulated and thoughtful policy and set of best practices relating to the Open Source paradigm.

Open Source Software Policy at JPL

The current JPL policy is to embrace the open source paradigm for developing and disseminating software in cases where it makes sense to do so. To date JPL endorses open source software releases that are vetted and approved by the Software Release Authority (SRA) using pre-approved licenses such as: Apache 2.0, Eclipse Public License (EPL) and BSD etc.

The benefits of open source policy include:

  • Facilitates exchange of ideas in a research setting, fostering exploration and experimentation

  • Facilitates productivity and efficiency in a collaborative development setting, based on ease of sharing status and progress

  • Facilitates ease of interaction and timeliness of support relative to traditional vendors

  • Positions the institution to recruit fresh-outs who are aware of Open Source as a useful, modern practice

  • Increases institutional productivity when consuming Open Source software for appropriate uses and applications

For more information on Open Sourcing your software, please contact Brian Morrison, JPL’s Software Release Authority (SRA) at (818) 354-2458.


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