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NASA and Lockheed Martin form Nanotechnology Partnership

25 June 2004

The NASA Ames Research Centre and the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Centre are launching a new collaborative effort to pursue innovative nanotechnology research.

The goal of the NASA/Lockheed Martin team is to conduct joint research and development projects to enhance scientific and commercial utilization of nanotechnology. Collaborative projects will include planning and designing information, electronic, biomedical and material technologies based on nanoscience.

"Nanoscience has the potential to both increase capability and decrease weight, which reduces cost,"" said NASA Ames Centre Director G. Scott Hubbard. ""Future developments could lead to improved thermal and radiation protection and new sensors that could monitor the environment as well as detect the fingerprints of life."

"Nanotechnology will enable the building of lightweight, high-strength composites for future-generation spacecraft," said Meyya Meyyappan, director of the NASA Ames Centre for Nanotechnology.

"Nanoscience can be the key for designing new system capabilities. Therefore, it is important for us to understand and leverage nanotechnology research to ensure that we continue to provide our customers with the best solutions to their needs,"" said Steve Winzer, Lockheed Martin nanotechnology engineer.

"NASA and Lockheed have a long history of working together, especially on life sciences and space exploration missions such as Lunar Prospector. ""NASA Ames has become a leading nanotechnology research and development centre for the U.S. government and we see many synergies between our interests and their capabilities,"" said Winzer.

"This mutually beneficial collaboration will accelerate technology development for our own exploration initiative, while allowing our private sector partners to pursue commercially viable products,"" said Lisa Lockyer, chief of the NASA Ames Technology Partnerships Division.