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Michael Mewhinney Jan. 10, 2000

NASA Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, CA

(Phone: 650/604-3937, 650/604-9000)

Wendy Owen

Lockheed Martin Technology Services, Cherry Hill, NJ

(Phone 856/486-5126)



NASA Ames Research Center Director Dr. Henry McDonald and Lockheed Martin Space Operations President Jay Honeycutt today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish research collaborations at the NASA Research Park at NASA Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, CA.

Ames and Lockheed Martin will collaborate in planning future joint research and development, (R&D) and education partnerships, according to the terms of the agreement.

"This is the first time that a government agency and a national aerospace corporation have agreed to work together as part of the development of a world-class, shared use R&D campus like the NASA Research Park," said McDonald. "I am delighted to form this planning partnership with Lockheed Martin to conduct joint research in cutting-edge technologies and to develop new ideas to improve the nation’s education infrastructure," he said.

"Research collaborations with government agencies, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations are a crucial component of our business strategy for the future," Honeycutt said. "This partnership with Ames is an important first step in our new approach to commerce in the next century, and we hope to develop collaborations with other NASA Research Park partners. Our first opportunity will be to work with NASA on a variety of critical R&D initiatives, with an emphasis on Astrobiology. We also plan to focus on life and microgravity sciences, biotechnology, aeronautical and space technology development, education and workforce development, technology commercialization, and information technology research," he added.

"The exciting future of Astrobiology, which is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and destiny of life in the universe, will take a major step forward with this partnership with a world-class aerospace corporation like Lockheed Martin," said NASA Ames Associate Director for Astrobiology and Space Programs Scott Hubbard.

"Lockheed Martin is our first industry partner for the NASA Research Park," said Ames’ Chief of Development and Communication Michael Marlaire. "We have planning MOUs with a number of outstanding academic institutions for R&D collaborations and educational programs at the NASA Research Park, including the University of California at Santa Cruz, Stanford University, San Jose State University and Foothill-DeAnza Community College, " Marlaire said. "Lockheed Martin brings far-reaching potential for synergistic relationships with the other partners and will enable the NASA Research Park to become a truly unique place for industry, academia and federal scientists and engineers to share ideas in new ways."

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced-technology systems, products and services. The corporation's core businesses include systems integration, space, aeronautics, and technology services. Employing more than 160,000 people worldwide, Lockheed Martin reported sales surpassing $26 billion in 1998.

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