By on April 13, 2010


Yes, really. And, according to Chrysler’s official blog post, the three year partnership is already going swimmingly.

The nation’s storied auto company and the nation’s storied space agency are joining forces again, by announcing a three-year alliance to exchange information on advanced technology across a broad spectrum of engineering and scientific areas that both organizations can benefit from. The alliance allows Chrysler Group and NASA to tap into existing and emerging space exploration and automotive technologies… Chrysler has already benefited from the alliance from shared research on reliable surface navigation sensors.

Topics under investigated for technology sharing include: materials engineering, robotics, radar, battery systems and other energy storage mediums. Project teams have been assigned to different technologies, and each team includes a Chrysler Group and a NASA technical specialist
Plus Chrysler gets to write up an undisclosed number of NASA-related press releases over the next three years. On the downside: the Government Motors/Challenger jokes.
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16 Comments on “Chrysler, NASA Form R&D Partnership...”


  • avatar
    lilpoindexter

    AHA…with the cancellation of the space program many NASA engineers risked job loss. Now with Obama bucks the NASA engineers can stay employed a little bit longer, perhaps until Republicans control congress.

  • avatar
    jpcavanaugh

    I am old enough to miss the old days when Nasa was reliant on Chrysler’s engineers in Huntsville. Now, unfortunately, its Chrysler that has to rely on Nasa.

    There is kind of a wierd synergy, when you think about it. Government has engineers without enough to do, and it has a car company that is in dire need of engineers (Thank you Daimler and Cerberus). I guess it can’t hurt.

    • 0 avatar
      Lug Nuts

      I very briefly worked at the old Pentastar facility next to Redstone Arsenal. I’ll say this about it: government lackeys look like prolific masters of positive attitude and efficiency compared to the Union there at Chrysler. No human being with half an ounce of ability and/or ambition would have stayed there for long.

  • avatar
    KixStart

    Hey, buddy! That shuttle got a hemi in it?

  • avatar
    porschespeed

    To me, the real benefit to society from, say, Apollo, was not the moon landing. It was thousands of advancements that were achieved by force of will. The knock on benefits of which, were not only great for the economy, but actually reminded the general population that science is cool.

    Now that the serious part is out of the way-

    Somebody cue up Waylon Jennings… “I wonder how them Duke boys are gonna get out of this one?”

  • avatar
    FleetofWheel

    So perhaps this partnership will allow Chrysler to get some vague no-need-to-pay-back loans from the govt to work on green tech.

  • avatar
    Rod Panhard

    Does this mean that the company that’s been credited with putting cup-holders in the shuttle-like minivan will soon have Space Food Stick dispensers?

  • avatar
    Robert Schwartz

    Talk about drowning men clutching each other.

  • avatar
    JimothyLite

    “On the downside: the Government Motors/Challenger jokes.” Ahem. Let’s just hope this is a one-way only collaboration.

  • avatar
    MusicMachine

    Bo and Luke Duke knew how to launch a Chrysler.

  • avatar
    tparkit

    Pure and simple, this arrangement is a device for shoveling taxpayer dollars to Chrysler and the UAW. Consider it part of the bribe paid to Fiat to take this dog.

  • avatar
    NickR

    Interesting you should post this picture. I was wondering the other day after seeing a similar picture can you really get a stock car, of any sort, airborne without risk of doing serious damage? The force on the tires, rims, suspension, and subframes must be punishing.

  • avatar
    windswords

    Chrysler has a history with NASA. At one time they built some of the most important rocket engines and components for the space agency, and played a critical part in getting our astronauts to the moon.

    http://www.allpar.com/history/military/missiles.html
    http://www.allpar.com/history/military/chrysler-and-NASA.html
    http://www.allpar.com/history/military/moon.html

  • avatar
    ton12 (of GM)

    Reminds me of when Kmart and Sears joined up.

  • avatar
    1996MEdition

    The real question is how is this going to improve my satellite dish reception?

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