to Attn of: GP(96-37 120)
Mr. Chalmers H. Goodlin
Chairman and President
The Burnelli Company
7372 N.W. 12th Street
Miami, FL 33126
Dear Mr. Goodlin:
Thank you for providing a copy of your letter of July
9, 1996. In that letter you asked NASA to request that Lockheed Martin
negotiate a license agreement with the Burnelli Company. NASA does not
have the authority to direct Lockheed Martin to negotiate a license with
the Burnelli Company. In addition, after reviewing the information that
you have provided, I find no basis for NASA to intervene in this matter
on your behalf.
You were advised by Mr. Robert E. Whitehead in his letter to you dated
May 5, 1995, that the reason the Burnelli Company
was not considered as a candidate for NASA funding for a contract to investigate
blended wing-body aircraft configurations was because, to our knowledge,
the Burnelli Company did not submit a proposal in response to the NASA
solicitation. The same circumstances apply to funding for the X-33. Since
you did not respond to the X-33 cooperative
agreement notice, you cannot receive any funding for this project.
In addition, you have been advised by my office that NASA will not
consider taking a license in U.S. Patent No. 2,586,299 because the patent
term for this patent has expired. If you have other U.S. patents that have
not yet expired, NASA is willing to consider your offer to take a license
in those patents.
Thank you for your interest in NASA.
Edward A. Frankle