Friday, November 1, 2013
Helicopter OEMs to Assist with NASA Advanced Composites Research
Experts from NASA, FAA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory have chosen six companies to participate in the Advanced Composites Project from a list of 20 proposals. The project falls under the Integrated Systems Research Program at NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.
The companies are Bell Helicopter/Textron; Boeing Research & Technology in St. Louis; Cincinnati-based GE Aviation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics of Palmdale, Calif.; Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, Calif.; and United Technologies Corp. (UTC), as well as its Pratt & Whitney subsidiary in Hartford, Conn.
The panel chose the half-dozen companies for the government/industry project due to their “technical expertise, willingness and ability to share in costs, certification experience with government agencies, focused technology areas and partnership histories,” according to NASA.
Developing “articles of collaboration” and figuring out how the partnership will work is the first assignment. NASA hasn’t ruled out adding more companies into the partnership.