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Aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin partnered with U.S. Army Research Laboratory to accelerate research on bioengineered materials for military applications

March 1, 2019

Briefing:
  • Materials Research Partnership – Aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin entered into $10 million, five-year agreement with U.S. Army Research Laboratory to co-develop new bioengineered materials
  • Bioengineered Materials – Plans to bioengineer DNA of single-cell organisms to create nature-inspired materials for defense applications
  • Benefits – Could discover and produce self-assembling materials that are sustainable, affordable and can be made much faster than artificial methods
  • Defense Applications – Include potentially creating telescopes with filter coating based on squid eyes, which can focus light better in compact package, and ultraviolet (UV) protection using molecules similar to melanin found in animal and human skin

Image Source: Lockheed Martin News Releases

Image Source: Lockheed Martin News Releases

Sector: Military and Security
Function: Research and Development
Organization: Lockheed Martin Corp.
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Original Publication Date: February 26, 2019

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