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NASA, Air Force Agree to Aeronautics Cooperation




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NASA, Air Force Agree to Aeronautics Cooperation

NASA and the United States Air Force have formed an aeronautics research 
partnership. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin and Secretary of the Air 
Force Michael Wynne signed a Memorandum of Understanding Monday at a 
Pentagon ceremony. The agreement builds upon and expands on the 
longstanding relationship between the two organizations.

"Although NASA and the Air Force have differing missions, there are 
common aeronautics research goals that dictate we maintain a close 
partnership,” Griffin said. “Besides the obvious benefits, it's in the 
nation's best interest for us to work together.”

"This is a great day for aerospace," Wynne added. "It's a renewal of an 
already strong partnership and codifies what we've been doing all along."

The agreement is designed to ensure the free exchange of research 
information, reduce duplication of research, and enhance long-term 
research planning for both organizations. It covers areas such as 
advanced aircraft design, propulsion development, materials development 
and aviation safety.

A photo of the signing ceremony is available at:

http://www.nasa.gov/formedia


For information about NASA, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov


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