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Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley® Contributes to Space Shuttle Mission

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Feb. 18, 2011 Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley

Mark Kelly Gabrielle Giffords

Nucsafe’s

Daniel Shedlock

Besides NASA, Nucsafe’s x-ray backscatter clients include Boeing, Lockheed Martin, United Space Alliance, Gas Technology Institute and Textron Defense Systems.

In future missions, Nucsafe’s x-ray backscatter imaging systems are going to be used to inspect the manned space capsule Orion that sits atop NASA’s next generation ARES I rocket.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

David Erickson Maryland

Another ORNL scientist, Edgar Lara-Curizo, contributed materials science expertise to the Challenger accident investigation and the "Return To Flight" program that made safety improvements.

ORNL is also contributing advanced carbon fiber materials that are extremely lightweight yet strong and can be used in the car, truck and airplane building industries. Some of these materials are now in use in the new Boeing 787.  The lab is also studying ways to reduce the cost of carbon fiber production.

Cutting edge research capabilities and commercialization of new technologies helps the Innovation Valley technology-led economic development regional partnership recruit new businesses and retain existing businesses. The consortium promotes workforce development, education, and high tech jobs throughout a five-county area, giving special attention to such promising areas as carbon fiber, advanced materials for the solar industry, nuclear component manufacturing, energy storage systems, instrumentation and bioenergy.

www.knoxvilleoakridge.com Jesse Smith [email protected]

Clark Miller Communications

SOURCE Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley

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