THREE PARTNERS JOINING FOR NANOTECHNOLOGY LAB.Byline: Jim Skeen Staff Writer
PALMDALE - Palmdale, Lockheed Martin For the former company, see .
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is a leading multinational aerospace manufacturer and advanced technology company formed in 1995 by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta. and the AERO Institute will partner to create a nanotechnology research laboratory, a project supporters said will bolster the region's aerospace industry and enhance educational opportunities in the Antelope Valley This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
The Antelope Valley .
The city of Palmdale will spend $350,000 for equipment for the laboratory, which will be housed in the former courthouse building in the city's civic center that now houses AERO Institute. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. will provide the management of the laboratory at no cost.
Lockheed Martin contracts with universities across the country for research projects. The new laboratory will give the company another outlet for its research that is just minutes away from its Palmdale plant. The company also hopes to attract and retain engineers, which are in short supply.
``Having research right outside their door helps them enhance their capabilities and helps them grow,'' said Kim Shaw, a consultant hired by the city to find ways to bolster the region's aerospace industry.
Nanotechnology is the development of circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules. The technology could lead to creating devices such as sensors that are smaller and more efficiently packaged than today's sensors.
The AERO Institute, formed two years ago, is a partnership composed of NASA NASA: see National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
in full National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Independent U.S. Dryden Flight Research Center The Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), located inside Edwards Air Force Base, is an aeronautical research center operated by NASA. On March 26, 1976 it was named in honor of the late Hugh L. at Edwards Air Force Base Edwards Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway. ; the nonprofit California Space Grant Foundation; the California Space Grant Consortium, part of the NASA-sponsored National Space Grant Foundation with more than 800 affiliate colleges and universities; NASA Ames Research Center NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) is a NASA facility located at Moffett Federal Airfield, which covers 43 acres at the borders of the cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale in California. This research center is most commonly called NASA Ames. ; and the California Space Institute of the University of California The University of California has a combined student body of more than 191,000 students, over 1,340,000 living alumni, and a combined systemwide and campus endowment of just over $7.3 billion (8th largest in the United States). .
AERO - short for Aerospace Education Research Operations - evolved out of concerns over the lack of engineering and technical training opportunities in the Antelope Valley. The institute is working on programs for ``K to Gray'' - meaning everything from programs to enhance K-12 education in math and science to post-graduate degrees to continuing education continuing education: see adult education.
or adult education
Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904). programs, said Susan Miller, NASA Dryden's director of academic investments.
Part of the vision for the institute is the creation of a multiuse laboratory complex that could be used by students and companies needing a place to do research, Miller said.
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