Technology Transfer Considerations Associated with Maglev Programs

by Charles W. Richardson, Jr., Martin Marietta Air Traffic Systems, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Speed Ground Transportation Systems I: Planning and Engineering


Magnetic levitation (maglev) high-speed ground transportation technology, near operational status in Germany and well along in development in Japan, is now a candidate for transfer to the United States. This paper explores the considerations and issues associated with the possible transfer of this technology to the United States. It will address documentation, proprietary data, intellectual property rights, third-party transfers, training, standards, certification, integrated logistics support, and government controls. Historical examples of technology transfer programs from foreign corporations to the United States are presented. Techniques for minimizing program risk of schedule impact, cost growth, and mismanagement of technical data are also presented.

Subject Headings: Magnetic levitation trains | Magnetic fields | Information management | Training | Logistics | Risk management | Public policy | Public transportation | United States | Germany | Europe | Japan | Asia

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