Press Release

NASA, Lockheed Martin Form Nanotechnology Partnership

By SpaceRef Editor
June 22, 2004
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NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., and the Lockheed
Martin Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, Calif., are launching a
new collaborative effort to pursue innovative nanotechnology research
to help achieve the nation’s Vision for Space Exploration through
development of advanced aerospace systems. 

Nanotechnology is the ability to control or manipulate matter on the
atomic scale, making it possible to create structures, devices and
systems that have novel properties and functions because of their
small size: 1/1000th the diameter of a human hair.

“Nanoscience has the potential to both increase capability and
decrease weight, which reduces cost,” said NASA Ames Center 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.”

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.

“Nanotechnology will enable the building of lightweight,
high-strength composites for future-generation spacecraft,” said
Meyya Meyyappan, director of the NASA Ames Center 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 center 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.

SpaceRef staff editor.