NASA Announces Advanced Composite Research Partnership

Boeing composite tank
Boeing composite tank

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has selected six companies from five U.S. states to participate in a government-and-industry partnership to advance composite materials research and certification.

The companies are:

  • Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas
  • GE Aviation of Cincinnati
  • Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company of Palmdale, Calif.
  • Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems of Redondo Beach, Calif.
  • Boeing Research & Technology of St. Louis
  • United Technologies Corporation and subsidiary Pratt & Whitney of Hartford, Conn.

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Sean O’Keefe, Back to the Beltway

Former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe will be returning to Washington in June as GE Aviation’s top lobbyist, according to press reports. He will replace Tom Cooper, who is retiring after 21 years.

O’Keefe, who held the space agency’s top job from 2001-2005, recently announced his resignation as chancellor of Louisiana State University. Although business leaders campaigned to keep him, he had lost the support of LSU System President John Lombardi and some members of the Board of Supervisors.

“Sean brings a wealth of experience involving complex public policy issues as well as advanced technology,” Scott Donnelly, President and CEO of GE Aviation, said in a press release. “He takes over the helm of our Washington office at a very dynamic period in the aviation industry.”

The New Orleans Times-Picayune has a story, as does the Shreveport Times. You can also read the official GE press release.