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Imagine a world where unique phenomena at the molecular scale can lead to entirely new, innovative, and transformative product designs—all done by harnessing properties of materials at the nanoscale level. Nanoscale materials are not new to nature or in science. What is new is the ability to engineer nanomaterials, specifically designed with controlled sizes, shapes and compositions.

Since 2007, Lockheed Martin has built an extensive technology portfolio through internal research and development, collaboration with leading academic institutions and industry and government partnerships. Nanotechnology may hold the key to addressing some of the most pressing issues of sustainability, energy management, healthcare and security.

We are developing materials that will impact many different areas: significantly lightweight yet strong structures for air and spacecraft, advanced chemical sensors to detect multiple chemical agents and revolutionary informatics tools. Already nanotechnology has improved system performance for size, weight and power requirements in various applications, in addition to driving down costs through the adaptation of new and improved manufacturing technology.

Lockheed Martin introduced carbon nanostructured materials on the Juno spacecraft and cost-efficient advanced nanocomposites onboard the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. These applications clearly demonstrate the adaptation of new materials to new and existing systems, and more importantly, they open the door for future opportunities and advancements. We are committed to transitioning these capability enhancements into real and operational systems today with the help of innovative design approaches, mature and proven fabrication techniques and a cross-corporate network of experts.