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Chrysler, NASA to collaborate on advanced technologies

by Bill Cawthon on

Chrysler and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have formed a partnership to share information on advanced space exploration and automotive technologies. The three-year alliance allows Chrysler Group and NASA to leverage existing and developing technologies to advance their respective projects in what are termed “several areas of mutual interest.”

“This is a great opportunity to share knowledge and data in areas where both Chrysler Group and NASA have a vested interest,” said Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President, Chrysler Engineering. “We value the opportunity to work with NASA and will implement what is learned to further improve our Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram Truck products.”

Topics being investigated for synergies include: materials engineering, robotics, radar, battery systems and other energy storage mediums. Chrysler says it has already benefited from the alliance from shared research on reliable surface navigation sensors.

Project teams, each of which includes a technical specialist from both Chrysler and NASA, have been assigned to different technologies.

Chrysler Group has a history of working with NASA on America’s space efforts. A Chrysler-built Redstone rocket put the first American in space in 1961 and Chrysler built boosters to power the first two Apollo spacecraft into earth orbit, including the program’s first manned mission in 1968.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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